In the aftermath of the 1-1 draw with neighbor country Ghana at the capital Abuja which saw Nigeria missed out on a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The Guild of Sports Editors, a major body in sports in the country’s media organisations, has pleaded with the members of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to leave their positions
This came after the Super Eagles’ failed to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup in last Tuesday’s misadventure.
In a statement by the Vice President of which he noted that the decision to sack members of Super Eagles’ technical crew did more harm than good.
In his disclosure “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 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 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 honourably; 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.”
He further went on to add that “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 produce quality youngsters because of the corruption that has killed the age grade teams.” he concluded.