THE Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Executive Committee member, Nigeria’s Dr. Amos Adamu, yesterday declared that FIFA has been briefed by the committee to stay action on the imminent ban on Nigerian football following the political interference in the country’s football.
Adamu told Sports Compass yesterday at the Michelajenlo Towers Hotel headquarters of FIFA in Sandton, Johannesburg, that in a brief meeting with the committee members which had the FIFA’s president, Joseph Sepp Blatter, in attendance, that he told the world football governing body to give the Nigerian government time to settle the crisis internally.
He noted that after a thorough analysis of the attendant ban which would be slammed on Nigeria by FIFA, the Nigerian authority from all indications would rescind the decision to stay out of international football for two years while the football federation has been disssolved.
“The truth is that the Sports Minister has been speaking with us in FIFA after the Wednesday’s
announcement by the office of the president and we have let them know that the implication of self inflicted ban may be grave on the future of Nigerian football.
“With the way things aregoing, just as a decision was hurriedly taken to withdraw from hosting the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, and was later rescinded when the true picture was presented, the same may happen in the case of the current impasse in the country’s football.”
Adamu noted that Nigeria was not the only country which faultered in the 2010 World Cup. The defending champions, Italy did not make it to the second round, so also were Cote ‘d Ivoire and Cameroon who were rated highly to fly the continent’s flag high. The French were not excluded.
“If you look at all these teams which failed to impress at the World Cup, you will find out that they presented a very old team. There is no way such teams could excel in a tournament as big as the World Cup.
‘The Ghanaian team is pulling through because they presented a very young team and they are yielding the fruits of their patience and youth development.” Adamu added that, the Nigerian government may be out to to build a new senior national team compared to the very old team presented at the World Cup, but they need to do it properly and follow due process.