The economic recession currently rambling the county has hit the Nigerian Football Federation latest.
The football body says it can't sponsor the Nigerian national side, Super Eagles, to a 2018 World Cup qualifier match against Zambia on October 9 2016. The match is scheduled to hold in Ndola in two weeks time.
Quoting a top NFF official who spoke to The Guardian Newspapers, the source said:
"We need about N85 million to take care of the match against Zambia on October 9, but as we speak, we don’t have any kobo in our purse.
"We have appealed to Globacom to come to our aid by footing the bills. We are still waiting for response from the Federal Government.
"The charges for the Airline alone is $200,000 for a 140-seater plane, and it will be on ground with the team for two days.
"We need between $6,000 and $10,000 for flight ticket to bring in the players. Their bonuses alone are within the range of N30 million.
"We don’t have any kobo in our purse right now, hence the need for us to approach Glo to come to our aid.
"But the Federal Government still has to play its part because this is the beginning of our campaign for the 2018 World Cup qualifying ticket. If we must get it right, every hand must be on deck."