Nigeria’s 2013 AFCON quest is in danger after a Federal High Court in Lagos froze the accounts of the Nigeria FA over a TV rights dispute.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are about to receive from the government 1.4 billion Naira (about $9 million) for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Both NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, and Media Director, Ademola Olajire, said they are not aware of the court ruling.
“I’m not in the office now and I can’t confirm that to you now until I get to the office,” Amadu simply answered when he was contacted.
“I’m not aware of that development. I’ve not been around, I just got back to Abuja,” Olajire added.
It was gathered that Minaj Broadcasting Corporation dragged the NFF to court over a $4 million broadcasting right that was paid 10 years ago for the broadcast rights of the Nigeria Premier League when it was still managed by the NFF.
Last year, Minaj took their case to court and the company reportedly got a ruling for the NFF repay half of that amount, but this was not followed.
On Thursday, the high court in Lagos thus froze the federation’s accounts, meaning they cannot withdraw or receive any monies from there.
This then means that part of the cash the NFF are expecting for the Nations Cup could now be awarded to Minaj by the court if the money is lodged in the federation’s account.