President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, on Monday morning shed light on the reason behind the Federationâ€™s decision to go for an expatriate Technical Adviser for the national football team, the Green Eagles.
At a breakfast meeting with the President of African Business Round-table, Alhaji (Dr.) Bamanga Tukur in Abuja, Lulu insisted that the Federation was sensitive to the demands of passionate Nigerians, both highly â€“placed and not-so-highly placed, for a Technical Adviser who will drive the team to play professionally and with discipline as the FIFA World Cup finals approach.
Lulu Abdullahi and some Members of the NFF Management were visiting Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, one â€“time civilian Governor of old Gongola State and a former presidential aspirant to show appreciation for the â€œAfrica Star Excellence Award In Football Administrationâ€™ conferred on the NFF President by African Leadership magazine.
The magazine said that in arriving at this decision, their consultants took cognizance of â€œyour strategic focus on performance of FIFA U-17 World Championship which was hosted successfully and Nigeria won silver while
Nigeria senior team qualified for the Mundial (World Cup) against all oddsâ€. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Paris, France between 19th â€” 22nd February.
Speaking further, Lulu Abdullahi said the NFF is determined to see the Super Eagles perform creditably at the first â€“ever World Cup finals to be staged on African soil, noting that â€œfootball is one of the instruments that nations now use to position themselves in the international sphereâ€.
Responding, Dr. Tukur akcnowledged the power of football, saying that three things, namely sports, trade and tourism are the issues that unite any nation.
â€œEverytime there is a football match, whether in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Johannesburg or Douala, you feel it in the air. The cheapest and most effective way of showcasing a country these days is football.
â€œI urge you to forge ahead with the same confidence, character and courage. My belief is that wherever thereâ€™s a challenge, thereâ€™s always an opportunity. It is the opportunity that you should always look for to lead Nigeria football to the topâ€.
The NFF President was accompanied by Assistant General Secretary (Competitions), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Special Assistant Tunde Aderibigbe, Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire and personal assistant Suleiman Yusuf.