By John Egbokhan
A former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Anthony Kodjo-Williams has blamed the Minister of Sports, Dr. Tamuno Danagogo for the decision of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) to suspend Nigeria from all football-related activities.
FIFA Emergency Committee on Wednesday wielded the big hammer on Nigeria on account of government interference, occasioned by a court order, which the Minister of Sports enforced by appointing an acting scribe for the NFF and subsequent dissolution of the NFF Executive and the Congress.
FIFa had written to the Nigeria to revert to status quo by July 8 or risk suspension. Government did not bulge in its decision to do away with the Maigari-led board and FIFA duly exercised his powers in conformity with its statutes.
And reacting to the raging saga, Kodjo, while speaking in an interview with Sports Vanguard, fingered the Sports Minister as the one responsible for the ban, adding that his action was capable of destroying our football development.
Wondering why the Minister would decide to tow this infamous path of daring FIFA, Kodjo said that future generation of Nigerians would hold him responsible for whatever damages are done to Nigerian football.
“The Minister of Sports is the one who caused this whole suspension. In the first place, FIFA would not have suspended us from football if the minister had not enforced the courts order by appointing an acting secretary for the NFF. He did not consult and acted without adequate knowledge of the way things are done.
“Getting banned by FUFA is not good for our football development. Our players will suffer more. Because one wants to control the NFF should not lead the person to do things without due regards for the statutes governing international football.
“The Minister, who will probably be there for about seven to nine months, wants to destroy our football. Nigerians must resists this by telling him to revert to status quo so that our football can return to the path of growth”, added Kodjo.