NIGERIA Football Federation officials had a perfect plan for country and themselves when they set out for the Nations Cup in Angola.
One, they gave Amodu Shuaibu a benchmark of qualifying for the semi final if he ever thinks of joining the train for the World Cup in South Africa. Two, They also want to use the Nations Cup success as a platform to continue in office.
The benchmark set for Amodu may have been met but Government has put a stud on their plans of retaining Amodu for the World Cup. A very highly placed Government official informed Sports Vanguard that â€œGovernment can no longer fold its arms and allow NFF to toy with the sport that brings joy to millions of Nigerians.
â€œThere is no how that Amodu can lead us to the World Cup. He has tried but his efforts are not good enough for the World Cupâ€, the source said. â€œWeâ€™ve seen the quality of play of the team and definitely, they are nothing to be compared to for a world cup-bound teamâ€, the source who was still angry with their annoying performances against Egypt, Benin and Zambia said.
â€œWe may win the Cup but it is not enough to say Nigerian football is on the rise. Instead, we have declined to the extent that people are now celebrating mediocrity. We need to bring competition to the national team with younger players and not dependent on the same circle of playersâ€.
Part of Governmentâ€™s plans, I gathered is to get a sound technical hand through the Presidential Task Force for the Eagles, no matter the cost. And also, the ambition of NFF President, Sanni Lulu Abdullahi to come back has been checkmated with that of Scribe Bolaji Ojo-Oba.
â€œOjo-Oba as a civil servant has come to the end of his glorious career while Lulu would be asked to give peace a chanceâ€.
Sports Vanguard can also reveal that candidates who are jostling for the prime position of Nigerian footballÂ include ex-international, Segun Odegbami who is flying on the wings of the PTF, former scribe, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro and former Chairman, Brigadier Abdulmumuni Aminu (rtd).
The Lulu-led Federation to smoothen their way back to reelection, took State Association Chairmen to Angola to give them a treat with a view of securing their support in come-back bid.