By Jaohn EGBOKHAN
Former Chairman of the Gombe State Football Association, Shuaibu Gara Gombe has moved for the disbandment of the Super Eagles even as he has fingered top shots of the Nigeria Football Federation as the major culprits, who should be held responsible, in the increasingly likely event that Nigeria fail to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
While labelling the NFF as the boko haram that have destroyed our football, Gombe wants the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Sani Ndanusa, to be more decisive in his administration of sports in the country.
After watching Sundayâ€™s horror show at the Abuja National Stadium, Gombe, who was a member of the Stakeholders Forum, the same infamous body, that antagonised the leadership of Ibrahm Galadima, when Eagles failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup and went in to produce the present leadership of the NFF that has completely ran football aground, said he was not surprised with the unfolding show of shame.
Speaking yesterday on the telephone, Gombe, wondered how the likes of Sani Lulu, Amanze Ucheagbulam, Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Aminu Maigagari could be trusted to prosecute a successful World Cup campaign for Nigeria, given the dubious circumstances that brought them to power.
â€œI had said it long ago that Lulu and his other executives cannot take us to the World Cup even if you give them all the support and incentives needed to achieve the target. These guys do not have what it takes to run a football house and that is at the root of the present logjam that we have found ourselves, all because one man, foisted this band of men on us.
â€œWith this flop, they now that they are on their way out and they should just start packing the belongings because they have failed Nigerians, who came in their thousands to the stadium to cheer the players but they administration was the missing link and it got into the team, to the extent that Amodu became largely inefficient because he knew his employers were not better than him.
â€œThe NFF should not have employed Amodu in the first place. Siasia was the right man for the job and we told them so but they chose to do their masterâ€™s bidding and look at where it has landed us. It would take more than a miracle to qualify.
â€œSo, it is important for the team to disbanded at the end of the qualifying campaign so that we can start afresh because these guys have killed our football and we must start the process all over again. Our players did now show commitment because NFF lack commitmentâ€, added a fire-spitting Gombe,
He added that â€œI want the Minister of Sports to start taking far-reaching actions that would change the face of our sports because it is simply untenable for us to fail to get to the World Cup on two consecutive occasions. The Honourable Minister must come out of his comfort zone and push for the betterment of our sports before they rubbish his good nameâ€, said Gombe, who has declared his intention to contest for the post of the President of the NFF when elections are held.