Why NFF Board Should Resign-Sports Editors 

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 Why NFF Board Should Resign-Sports Editors

Following the abysmal performance that denied the Super Eagles a slot at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World cup, Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been advised to resign to honorably from their positions and give Nigeria’s football a fresh start.

The Guild of Sports Editors, the umbrella body of managers of sports in the country’s major media organizations, gave this advice, saying that the board would be doing the country a great disservice if they continue to hold sway in the nation’s administration of football.

In a statement signed by the Guild’s Vice President, Adekunle Salami, the editors stated that the sack of members of the Super Eagles’ technical crew was just a shadow of the problem as sacking of the board would be a major leap to addressing the malaise of the last eight years.

“Nigerian football is bigger than any individual and should not be tied to the fortunes of anybody.

The leadership of the current NFF has ridden on the back of Nigerian football to get to top positions in world football governing body, FIFA, to the detriment of the game.

Nigerian football now needs total overhaul, from the lowest league to the national team and that can only happen when patriotic individuals, not self-seekers, are given the opportunity to manage the game.

We call on the National Assembly, Federal Government, and especially, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, to begin the process of cleansing the football house.

Tuesday’s failure is a one of the results of poor decision making, dishonest deployment of men and materials, as well as avarice that have eaten deep into the fabrics of the NFF.

We ask, therefore, that every executive member of the federation should resign honorably;

All the back room staff, including Super Eagles secretary, team manager and protocol officer, among other officers, who have spent more than 10 years in office, must be redeployed to allow for fresh ideas.”

The editors accused the Amaju led board of seeking their personal interested which has resulted to killing football in the country.

The Guild cited that the Algeria Football Federation (AFF) president Sharafeddine Emara resigned after his country failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup following the 2-1 defeat suffered against Cameroon at home last week.

It is unfortunate that the NFF has killed the local league to such an extent that no player from the domestic game is deemed capable of playing for the Super Eagles.

The junior national teams, which, hitherto, was a nursery for the Super Eagles, no longer produces quality youngsters because of the corruption that has killed the age grade teams.”

 

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