By Kate Obodo
Former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA,Â Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima saysÂ sacking Super Eagles Chief coach Shaibu Amodu will not take Nigerian football out of the woods.
Speaking to Saturday Vanguard Sports, the Kano-born sports administrator was emphatic that the problem of football in the country was not Amodu but those saddled with the responsibility of running the sport.
According to him, rather than sack Amodu, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF should go back to the drawing board and fashion out a way out of the woods. He stressed that there is a need for early and adequate preparation for the forthcoming Nations Cup and World Cup.
â€œShaibu AmoduÂ is not the problem with football in Nigeria. It is glaring that we have administrative problems caused by those put in place to govern the game in the country.
The nation must seek how to completely re-engineer her football, placing more emphasis on proper administration of the game and its development in the country. We need to go back to the basics to tap the abundant talents that abound in the country at whatever cost,â€ he said.
Meanwhile NFF President Sani Lulu insists that it would be an â€˜injusticeâ€™ to fire Amodu after he qualified Nigeria for the 2010 World Cup.
â€œSack who! Amodu? Only one condition can make me to tell Amodu to step aside for the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup; if Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United accepts to take charge of the Super Eagles,â€ Lulu was reported to have said during the week.