BY IME BASSEY
Former spokesman of the Nigerian Football Association, NFA, Austin Mgbolu has admitted that the association does not have the muscle to organize grade A friendly matches for the Super Eagles.
Mgbolu acknowledged that the mal-administration in the NFA has made it impossible for them to host international friendly matches.
“The challenges are numerous, first and foremost, we do not have the financial capacity to bring big soccer playing nations to Nigeria. The NFA is presently not properly funded. Secondly and most important, we lack the administrative acumen to back up our managerial know how and because of this, we need to plan ahead to get a grade A friendly.
“Planning is very essential in this aspect of the game. We have to notify the team we intend playing with well ahead of time; we should not forget that some serious nations have already scheduled their friendly matches up to 2013. This is not in the agenda of the NFF. I believe if you check their dairy, you will not see any friendly at all. We only rely on fire brigade approach which is not the best way to get this thing done.
“We need to start dictating how we want things to go in our football and not allow other nations do it for us. If they do, they will continue to treat us like we have been treated before, that is, today they will agree to play us and the next day it is called off. We need to beef up our administrative strength, get quality FIFA licensed agents to act on our behalf. More so, it cannot be complete without the financial impetus of credible corporate and multinational companies to bank roll these matches,” Mgbolu said.