The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have dismissed the claim by a self-confessed and convicted Singaporean match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, that he helped Nigeria qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.
NFF dismissed all of Perumal’s claims as nothing more than “distinct fiction” and insisted that the true heroes of Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals are the Federal Government, the NFF, players and coaches of the Super Eagles and the generality of Nigeria ball fans.
“We have gone through the fictitious write-up by the Singaporean, who was fittingly convicted for his nefarious activities and has spent time in jail. The NFF will only say at this moment that there was no truth to the claim and that we had nothing to do with Perumal all through the Super Eagles’ qualifying series for 2010 FIFA World Cup,” NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said.
“Perumal’s statements are hogwash and have no legs to stand on. We have ordered for the book itself with a view to digesting it and looking critically at it. If the book impugns on the image of the Nigeria Football Federation, our players and the larger image of our dear country, we will take appropriate action.”
Nigeria beat Tunisia, Kenya and Mozambique in the final rounds of the qualification series to group’s ticket to the 2010 World Cup.