The Federal Government has thrown its weight behind the mobilisation of non-state resources for the Super Eagles’ participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled for Russia for between June 14 and July 15, 2018.

Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, noted that preparation and participation of national teams in regional and international sports competitions had sometimes been marred by funds constraints.

The minister said that challenges of funding had limited the preparation, welfare and motivation of sports men and women, resulting in poor performance and under-achievement, hence the need to seek alternative funding sources for the teams.

A budget for the Super Eagles preparations and participation at the Russia FIFA World Cup final is estimated at 3 billion naira out of which 1.5 billion naira is expected from government, and the balance of 1.5 billion naira is proposed to be generated through fund-raising efforts.

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