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Football’s my immediate focus, says new minister

Fidelis Ebu
Barely 24 hours after he had said that he would not be a minister of football, Ibrahim Isa Bio, the new minister and Chairman National Sports Commission at the weekend declared that the prosecution of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa would be his immediate priority.

•CELEBRATION... Super Eagles striker Gbolahan Salami celebrates his goal against Benin at the opening ceremony of West Africa Footbell Union (WAFU) Cup at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abeokuta. Nigeria won 4-0. Photo by Sylva Eleanya

Bio, in his first official meeting with sports journalists in the Federal Capital Territory Friday, said he would have audience with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA Tuesday for the latter to unveil its plans on how to actualise the wishes of the teeming soccer populace.

“I have short term, middle term and long term plans. The short term is the World Cup in South Africa which is very close. I will meet with the NFA on Tuesday and I’ll want the NFA to unveil its plans on how it intends to actualise the wishes of the teeming soccer loving Nigerians.

“I’ll want to know from the NFA the security, accommodation, welfare etc arrangements for the World Cup so that I will have what to tell the acting President”, the minister said as he wished for a good outing for the Super Eagles in South Africa.

He said projects in his middle and long term plans include the preparation for the Commonwealth Games and grassroots development


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