Following the interview he granted Voice of America, Hausa Service, where he said that the World Cup “stinks of corruption”, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said that his statement was taken out of context and that the interview was from four months ago.
“The statement was taken out of context. It was part of a comprehensive interview I gave some four months ago when I was reacting to the status of African nations in global competitions and also football administration globally. And the question was whether Nigeria or any African country is likely going to host the world cup, and that reaction was what was captured.
Unfortunately the interview did not avail those who listened, the complete narrative so that they can benefit from the background with which the response was taken. It was edited mid-way and tend to send misconception about our commitment to the ongoing world cup campaign,” he told Channels Television.
The minister, during the VOA interview, was credited to have said the following:
That competition stinks of corruption; that Nigeria is too poor to waste money on it and that Nigeria would never win the trophy.
The cup that we can win is the African Cup of Nations. There is nothing again that will take us to another man’s balcony in the name of the World Cup. We already have the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. For these, we can attend such meets. But I am opposed to the World Cup. We don’t agree to it. Conspiracy in the World Cup is too much.
WATCH his Interview with Channels Television below: