Nigerian sports minister Solomon Dalung has sparked off another controversy after he said the government should withdraw its sponsorship of the Super Eagles qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup because it is too expensive.

He said money saved by government from such a withdrawal could be better invested in developing the game, while also arguing that African countries should make the AFCON top priority and not the World Cup.

He says the Nations Cup and not the World Cup should be the priority of all Africa countries including Nigeria.

The government had to bail out the Super Eagles with cash for them to fly out to Zambia in October.

Nigeria lead their qualifying group with six points after two rounds of matches, ahead of Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria.