Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick has revealed that it will cost N3.5 million (approximately US$9,800.00) to purchase a flight ticket for Mikel Obi’s trip to Asaba for the national team’s pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp.
The football administrator went on to say that the Nigerian Federation have to spend approximately N70 million as traveling expenses for the foreign-based professionals called up to the training camp which begins on Sunday, June 2 in the Delta State capital.
”It is not a hidden document, we have a budget of about N1 billion every year but what is backed by cash is 65 percent which comes to about N650 million,” Pinnick told Channels Television.
”But let me give you an example, when the Super Eagles are playing a game the minimum it costs is N200-250 million.
”Now this morning, they sent a memo to me for the players that they invited. Mikel Obi’s ticket alone is N3.5 million, it is normal, Ighalo’s own is above N4 million. If you put all these together, you are talking about N60-70 million alone for their coming.
”Then you talk about daily allowances, you talk about bonuses, accommodation, match organization, referees indemnity and you are dealing with 13 national teams.”
Mikel is making a return to the Super Eagles following a self imposed sabbatical after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.