The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has revealed that the World Football governing body, FIFA, has started watching matches involving the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their 2010 World Cup qualifiers following the allegations made by convicted match-fixer, Wilson Perumal Raj, that he helped the Nigerian team grabbed a ticket to play in the only World cup finals held so far in the African continent.
NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, confirmed FIFA are looking into the matter with full cooperation from the federation.
He stated that the NFF has received correspondence from the football ruling body related to the case and are watching tapes of the games Nigeria played during the qualifying series for the 2010 World Cup.
“We have forwarded the letter to the Head of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, and NFF’s Integrity Officer Dr. Christian Emeruwa. All enquiries should now go to FIFA as I explained in my earlier release on the matter,” Olajire said.
The NFF had in an earlier release condemned the allegations, citing it as a figment of imagination of a convicted felon.
The allegation was contained in his book released last Monday, where the 48-year-old Singaporean revealed how he met with a Nigeria Football Federation official to try and fix games so that Eagles could top their group.
He also stated in his book that he had an agreement with the Nigerian federation that he would organise friendly matches for its men’s national team as well as some percentage of whatever FIFA pays the country in lieu of qualifying.
Nigeria qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup ahead of Tunisia, Mozambique and Kenya in the final rounds of the Africa zone of qualifying.