NFF Crisis: Giwa Shouldn’t Have Been On NFF Board At All – Obanya

Sports Journalist, Nnamdi Obanya, has expressed joy that Nigeria was able to escape the September 8 FIFA ban, but says the escape is only temporary … Continue reading NFF Crisis: Giwa Shouldn’t Have Been On NFF Board At All – Obanya


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NFFSports Journalist, Nnamdi Obanya, has expressed joy that Nigeria was able to escape the September 8 FIFA ban, but says the escape is only temporary as Nigeria’s football administration crisis has always been a recurring one.

He was a guest of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television on Tuesday.

He blamed the crisis on the selfishness of people involved in football administration who, he said, are only there to have their share of monies released by the Nigerian Government and the goodies from the football governing body FIFA especially during World Cup years.

He frowned at the different arguments being put up by parties involved in the struggle for the presidency of the NFF.

Obanya argued that Mr Chris Giwa should not have been in the NFF board at all considering he was the owner of one of the two clubs who could not meet the minimum requirement of running a club in Nigeria.

He said that he was only able to come on the NFF board because the LMC made some concessions to allow his club into the league. Therefore his argument of being the only private club owner on the board was not tenable.

Obanya noted that leadership would always be a problem in Nigerian football if the Federal Character that features in Nigerian politics continues to be adopted in football administration.

You cant tell me because we have a Northern President, then a South-South person must be Treasurer, deputy must be from the South-West…its part of the problem because we never choose on merit.”

He also aligned with the suggestion that Government should pull out of financing sports in Nigeria and in place of that, create favourable legislation that would encourage corporate organizations to want to invest in the sector.

Explaining that Sports should be run like any other business, which requires experts to identify and manage its products, he cited tax breaks as one of the incentives that could help investors and sponsors see the viability of sports business in Nigeria.

Speaking on Nigeria’s home loss to Congo in Calabar, Obanya blamed Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, for failing to find answers to the tactical approach of the Congolese players and the strategy adopted by their coach.

Maintaining his usual view of the Eagles Coach, he said that Keshi has always been tactically deficient and having to rely on his strength as a good motivator of men.

Unfortunately, however, he came up against a man who is also a good motivator of his men and in addition is tactically sound – the Congolese Team Coach, Claude Le Roy.

Obanya, however, believes that the Super Eagles’ next game away to South Africa was winnable.