13401The NIGERIA RUGBY FOOTBALL FEDERATION (NRFF) has blamed the national team’s (Black Stallions) failure to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games on inadequate funding by the government and the private sector.

The vice president of the Federation, TUNJI FASIMOYE told journalists yesterday that the team’s desire to excel at the just concluded Olympics qualifier in South Africa could not be attained because other Africa teams in the championship were adequately funded and exposed to more sophisticated facilities than the Nigerian team.

He praised the BLACK STALLIONS for working hard to raise Nigeria’s rating from 11 to eighth in Africa, saying the result would have been better if the Federal Government and corporate bodies assisted the team to prepare for the championship.

FASIMOYE pleaded with the newly appointed MINISTER FOR YOUTH AND SPORTS, SOLOMON DALUNG, to pay attention to RUGBY and other sports in the country, nothing that rugby could bring as much recognition to Nigeria as football if properly funded.