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“It was taken out of context” – Solomon Dalung on his statement that the World Cup “stinks of corruption” and Nigeria is too Poor to “waste money on it” | WATCH



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:


  1. Benson Ossai

    November 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    When politicians talk trash they will always try to find way to make excuses. Have some guts to stand by your assertions.I advise that you please throw away that your vigilante clothes for something descent like this.

  2. yemite

    November 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Live this man alone. Team lagos……don’t say what he does not said. Shikenaaaaaa.

  3. Ene

    November 22, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Whilst Dalung most often says the funniest things,I’m wondering why an interview granted four months ago is trending now.Its like we need more Journalists in Nigeria.

    • tunmi

      November 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      I agree. We really need more objective journalists

  4. Wale

    November 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Dealing is just too controversial, incompetent and divisive-he has to go!

    • Wale

      November 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm


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