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Sad, sad day for Africa

•Bassey, Falode, Nwosu mourn

By Solomon Nwoke

FIFA and CAF media coordinator, Paul Bassey, CAF Media Committee member Aisha Falode and Former National Under -17 Coach, Henry Nwosu MON have all described yesterday’s FIFA verdict on Dr Amos Adamu as a ‘black day’ for football in Africa, especially, Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Amos Adamu was banned from all football related activities by FIFA’s Ethics Committee for three years and fined 10,000 Swiss Franc. While Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii was banned for one year with a fine of  5,000Swiss Franc by the committee. Four other officials were also handed various fines and bans of between two to three years.

The move was in line with allegations that the duo demanded money in return for voting on World Cup hosting rights.
Reacting to the development yesterday, Media Committee member of FIFA, Paul Bassey summed it up as ‘an unpleasant day’ in the history of World football.”

Narrowing the incident down to Africa and Nigeria, in particular, Bassey said it painted a very sad   picture.
Bassey said, “ no matter how one looks at it, it’s not a pleasant day in the history of world football, I don’t want to localize it. And if I want to bring it down to Africa, it’s just a sad, sad picture and a bad day for football in Africa.

Bringing it down to Nigeria, it paints a bad picture of the country. For FIFA and CAF executive member and President of West African Football Union (WAFU), Dr Adamu, the three years ban means the end has come because before the expiration of his ban his tenure would have elapsed.”

For Aisha Falode who already knew why she was called on our hotline, she could not control her laughter and when she managed to control it, she said, “well my brother Solomon, you know I am a member of the family, so whatever I say now will be misconstrued.

I am not supposed to even comment on this issue even though it’s not a written rule. But all the same, I will say it’s a very sad day for us as Nigerians and also for football in Nigeria. Dr Adamu said he was going to appeal, so anything we can do to support him should be done because it’s not only him that is affected. It affects us as a nation. Former international, Henry Nwosu said, “It’s a sad day for us Nigerians.


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