- Desmond Elliot helped the Super Eagles secure N100m for the Zambia clash from the Government
- The actor turned politician used his connections to allow NFF president Pinnick secure funds
- The Super Eagles travelled to Zambia and won 2 - 1 in their first 2018 World Cup Qualifier match
A report has revealed that Nollywood star-turned-politician, Desmond Elliot, was the man whose influence allowed the Federal Government release N100million for the Super Eagles to fly to Zambia last weekend.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick had told the Nigerian senate that the football body was broke and could not fly the team to the game.
According to Africanfootball.com, Elliot walked Pinnick through the corridors of power for government to eventually release N100million for the team to fly to Zambia last weekend.
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Elliot used his connections, to arrange for a meeting with vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, who directed a memo to be put up.
“Elliot is now a politician and also a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and it was he who brokered a meeting for Pinnick with the Vice-President,” a top government source informed AfricanFootball.com
“It was at this meeting that the vice-president directed that an emergency memo be put up and routed through the sports minister.
“And that was how the government finally released 100 million Naira to the NFF for the World Cup qualifier.”
The Eagles went on to beat the Chipolopolo 2 - 1 in Ndola and currently top their group with three points.