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Football crisis: Iloh calls on sports elders to intervene

*Warns against FIFA hammer

By Ime Bassey
WITH the continued litigations mounting on our country’s football, former president of the Nigerian Cycling Federation, Rev. Moses Iloh has said that football matters need not be taken to court for settlement, stressing that sports has its own reputation and protocol.

“Again, I want to believe that this would be the last time football matters would be going to court. This is a new dimension that is very unhealthy for our sports where courts would be determining who runs our football or not. So let us believe that this is the last time sure foolishness will occur.”

“Sports has a reputation, a standard and decorum, it has its own protocol. My own feeling is that I do not care what the decision is by the court, as football matters should not to be taken to court again, that is my concern.”

“Taking issues of football to court opens can of worms, it is a shame. Do not forget that in this process we may get a backlash from FIFA. So I think that what is happening is something that has deteriorated for long.”

On the way forward for football administration in the country and avoiding FIFA hammer, the former Board member of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, NOC urged former sports administrators to wade in and correct the wrongs found in our football.

“We need elders to make things right for our football to grow. I do not know what they are doing and why they are keeping quiet. They should please come out and call for a real overhaul and beside, this is democracy. I think this is the time to really carry out a surgical operation on our sports and not wait for FIFA to come. This is Nigeria and not any other country, it would be a shame if they (FIFA) help  us to put our house in order.”

“As we are speaking, FIFA is just eying us with kin interest, their hammer is already waiting to fall. What we need to do is to get things done the right way. I know the issue of (2011) election will not allow  the government to look in this direction. All those you are seeing today that are taking football cases to court, are persons who just want to be in position.”

“This is the right time for Nigerians who are genuinely interested in the growth of our football to come in quickly and save it. We do not have to wait for government before our football will move forward. A sincere pathway should be initiated for our football to follow instead of waiting for FIFA hammer.”


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