After participating in 2014 World Cup, Nigeria’s biggest brand Super Eagles began to crawl amidst barrage of issues ranging from Bonus row to NFF and Stephen Keshi ‘cold war’ as well as allegation of financial misapplication, embezzlement and mismanagement by then Aminu Maigari-led board.
Obvious concerns which revolved around the Nation’s most Senior National team Nigerian Newsworld observed culminated to ill- preparation towards the just ended 2015 Nations Cup which Nigeria ultimately failed to attend.
In a matter of days, the ship of Nigeria’s Football currently steered by Amaju Pinnick will be clocking six months in office but the flurry of issues heralding the country’s soccer atmosphere have remained unabated.
Elected on September 30, 2014 during a controversial General Congress of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Pinnick and indeed other members of his executive Committee took off with the promise of giving Nigerian Football a new face under the guise of ensuring a formidable football culture.
Four times FIFA U-17 World Cup kings Golden Eaglets are among eight teams taking part at the 16th edition of African U-17 Championship which kicked off at the weekend in Niger.
TROUBLES ALL THE WAY
Unexpected demise of a Sports Enthusiast and Philanthropist, Chief Molade Okoya -Thomas no doubt has left indelible mark too wide to fill in Nigeria’s Sporting Arena. Known by most of his friends for his deep passion towards promoting and sponsoring sporting activities including the annual Asoju Oba Table Tennis Championships which has been on for over four decades to set an unbeatable record, many giants strides of Chief Okoya-Thomas lives so much to be munched by most Sports administrators who occupy positions with little or no positive effect.
This year’s Super four tournament which Nigeria’s league officials, League Management Company, LMC expanded to accommodate two National teams preparing for continental showdown would have ended but the ugly trend surrounding its organization has continued to re-vibrate.
The stage is set for another year of sporting activities after 2014 ended in some sorts of comedy-tragedy for Nigeria while participating and missing out in various competitions.
Obvious crises holding the Nigeria football after this years’ World Cup staged in Brazil have continued to create great vacuity with concerned stakeholders happing on many dangers ahead.
Their repeated concerns range from unwarranted system at which football affairs have been managed in the past and present.
From the days of Ibrahim Galadiam, Abdullahi Lulu and Aminu Maigari to the present moment there have been repeated question-marks with the way elections which ushered in NFF Presidents and other members of NFF Board were conducted.
Over the years, football has remained famous sports in Nigeria. Its activities have in one way or the other turned attention of Nigerians away from other sporting events which equally provide a level playing round for teeming young Men and Women to thrive in their chosen career.
Once again, Defending Champions, Nigeria failed to qualify for a Nations Cup tournament scheduled to take place in Equatorial Guinea come 2015, after they were held to 2-2 draw by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the last AFCON Game decided last week Wednesday. It was a similar situation in 2011 when Nigeria needed a victory in a bid to qualify but ended up in a draw against Guinea at the Abuja National Stadium under the tutelage of Samson Siasia.