NFF Leadership Crisis: My Interest Is On How we Can Grow The Game – Onigbinde
…It’s Bad Omen For Football, Says Adepoju
…Football Will Suffer-Dosu
Following the sealing of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) headquarters by the police Coach Adegboye Onigbinde, has said that FIFA ban might be a blessing in disguise if it comes.
Also, ex-international, Mutiu Adepoju, while responding to the sealing of the NFF office, said that the development was a bad omen.
“It is a bad omen sincerely; it is not good at all because I can’t imagine sealing the secretariat when we have many football competitions and qualifiers before us.
“This is a bad signal that should be halted immediately,” he said.
Onigbinde on Monday rued the crisis that has once again reared its ugly head, saying the country has never gotten it right with its football. He said that FIFA might not ban Nigeria.
“I don’t care if we are banned by FIFA. If we are banned over the crisis and we use the one or two years to reposition and sanitise our football, and then be it.
“My interest is on how we can grow the game in the country and not whether FIFA bans us or not. If it takes the ban for us to get it right, I think I strongly support that,” he said.
The former FIFA and CAF instructor also blamed the current state of Nigerian football on the inability of those at the head at the football house to come up with concrete ideas for the game.
“The bulk stops at their desk and they have not really demonstrated what it takes to take the game beyond the level it is now.
“Let me ask you; you are talking of FIFA ban because they seal the NFF office, is our football in the right shape at the moment? Why do we always talk of FIFA ban every time instead of looking for ways to resolve our differences?
“FIFA is not interested in this ban issue, but it delights in the growth and development of the game in every country,” he said.
Dosu Joseph, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, said in the midst of the brouhaha that it was only football that would suffer.
“Sincerely this is a bad development, but in all these, it is football that will suffer.”
On the prospect of a possible FIFA ban on the country if the issue is not resolved, Dosu said: “I bet you FIFA will never ban Nigeria.
“We have had crises before and FIFA never banned us. I know we will never allow this to reach to that level.
“This is internal problem and we will still manage it accordingly, so FIFA ban, to me, is out of it,” he said.
Meanwhile, a call to Felix Anyansi Agwu, a member of the current NFF board, produced little as he said he was not aware of the sealing of the office.