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Monday, 2 November 2015

NFF blames kits scarcity on TSA

THE embattled Nigeria Football Fed­eration (NFF), has attributed the chal­lenges of overcoming the acute kits scarcity affecting almost all the national teams to the Single Treasury Account (TSA) policy of the federal government and its inability to pay a paltry N5000 which is the amount due as Nigeria Custom Service tariff duty.

General Secretary of the football fed­eration, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who made the disclosure while dismissing the insinuation that the Golden Eaglets team has resorted to ‘wash and wear’ due to the kits scarcity, noted that the freezing of the federation’s account oc­cassioned by the TSA policy compli­cated the situation.

“It is very wrong to blame the secre­tariat of the federation for the scarcity of kits situation we are experiencing now. You know that we previously im­port the kits through the air but these particular kits came into the country by sea.

“We have almost finished the clear­ing of the consignment before the full implementation of this Single Trea­sury Account policy came into effect. I don’t need to tell you that the account of the federation was frozen because of the TSA policy.

“As I speak with you, what is stop­ping us from taking delivery of the kits is just N5000. We made attempt to pay the money through our Zenith Bank account but the bank refused because of the TSA policy which centred all ac­counts into the Central Bank of Nige­ria (CBN). So, the inability to pay that money into our frozen account was responsible.

“We have gotten in touch with the authorities that can help us but the situ­ation has remained the same. Custom really cooperated with us but there is nothing they can do in this regard. It is unfortunate that we should be paying demurrage for the kits for no fault of the federation. Having done what we are supposed to do, we can only wait,” he lamented.

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