By Jacob Ajom
As the national team begins serious training in London ahead of the 2010 World Cup, a former spokesman of the Nigeria Football Association, Austin Mgbolu has advised members of the Nigeria Football Association to stop politicking and rather concentrate on how to make the team succeed at the Mundial.
Mgbolu who was a guest analyst on an AIT sports programme at the weekend said â€œas a Nigerian, I am a stakeholder to the 2010 project. Although our preparations have not been the best, I believe if all hands are on deck, we can still make a good impact in South Africa,â€ he said.
Mgbolu was however worried over the high level of politicking going on at the moment in the football house. â€œThey must stop all the politics and face the assignment on hand. It is an opportunity for Nigeria to re-write her name in the annals of world football. Politics can start after the World Cup.â€
Mgbolu praised President Goodluck Jonathan for attending the send-forth party organised by the Nigeria Football Association for the national team, which departed for the pre World Cup camping in London on Saturday.
Speaking on an AIT sports programme at the weekend, former spokesman of the NFA, Austin Mgbolu said the number one citizen did well by showing his presence at the event. â€œGood point that the president was there physically.
It has been long I saw a Nigerian president interacting with members of the national team ahead of a major tournament,â€ Mgbolu said.
The former NFA man said the President had supported the team all through, â€œfrom the qualifiers to the present moment, he has shown that he is always ready to ensure the team does well at the World Cup.