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No conflict between NFF, PTF, says Ekeji

Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Patrick Ekeji on Tuesday denied any conflict between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the 2010 World Cup.

Ekeji, who made the clarification in Abuja at a meeting with the House of Representatives Committee on Sports, allayed fears of any such conflict between the two bodies.

“PTF does not bother itself with the general administration of football; it only gives the NFF support and it has never interfered with administrative issues.

“One of the mandates of the PTF is to help NFF upgrade the technical aspect of the national team.
“PTF has not taken over the job of NFF as is widely believed by Nigerians. It has never given directives to the NFF.

“The core mandate of PTF is to qualify Nigeria for the 2010 World Cup. It has no business with the day_to_day running of football in the country,” he said.

On the five_month contract for the nation’s new Technical Adviser, Lars Lagerback, Ekeji said the coach had all the requirements to handle the Super Eagles for the mundial and beyond.

Alhaji Sani Lulu, President of NFF, said the contract was just a litmus test for the coach, adding that the 1.8_million dollar contract was due to the short term programme.

He added that the amount would be reduced if the contract was extended beyond the World Cup, adding that the details were being worked out and would be made public soon.

Lulu said there had never been any conflict between the NFF and PTF as misconstrued by the public.
“We are very conscious of the mandate of the PTF. We will continue to represent the interest of the country.
“We will utilise the little resources we have to transform football in the country,” he said.

Rep. Dino Melaye (PDP_Kogi), a House Committee member, said there was need for development of football at the grassroots.

He, however, queried the rationale for the five_month contract for the technical adviser.
He said there could be conflicts between the NFF and PTF, over interference with the job of the coach.
Rep. Igo Aguma (PDP_Rivers), said the NFF should desist from deceiving Nigerians by promising them what it could not deliver.

He advised the football body to focus more on developing football at the grassroots, rather than encouraging foreign football administrators.
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