Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Dr. Tamuno Danagogo has revealed that he has a presidential mandate to ensure an end to the incessant crisis that has been rocking Nigerian football in recent years.
The Minister while receiving members of the Club Owners Association of Nigeria who paid him a courtesy visit in his office said the crisis has been contributing negatively to the development of football in Nigeria hence the need to do all that is possible to solve the problem once and for all.
He said that given the huge passion which the people of Nigeria have developed in football, the federal government has no option to ensure that the template for the smooth running and administration of the game in line with FIFA Statutes were put in place.
But Danagogo regretted that despite the efforts he has put in solving the problems of football including private meetings with football stakeholders have yielded little or no result a situation he insisted led to some of the issues that caused the recent FIFA suspension after a Jos High Court sacked the board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
According to him, all issue in Nigerian football centers around the management of the game including the issue of the League Management Company (LMC), the issue of many stakeholders not duly represented on the board of the NFF.
“All these issues are things I believe that if we all work with the interest of Nigeria and the game first, they would be solved easily, I have personally made private efforts to end some of this crisis but I am still optimistic that these are issues we have to sort out peacefully.”
“In Nigeria a great number of the people are interested in sports, particularly football, this is a country where every time everything is happening about football, everybody gets involved and this why I have always advised the NFF as I will equally advise you to always seek avenues for peaceful and private dialogue instead of fighting in the public”.
While praising the Club Owners for remaining calm, Danagogo assured that his office will look into all the areas of concern they raised in their submission.
“It is good that you have not made any trouble over these issues, I will certainly look into them very soon, some members of the NFF are here and they can recall that I have mentioned the issue of the LC about two times to them, so we are going to work together to resolve all these issues because I believe that we have come to that situation where they would be addressed”.
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the Club Owners, Barr. Issac Danlami said they were at the Commission to brief the Minister on the efforts they have made to make sure that football administration in Nigeria was done the way it should and how to end the crisis rocking the game in the country.
All the 20 premier league clubs in Nigeria were represented at the meeting including Chief Victor rumson Baribote of Nembe City FC who was earlier suspended by the NFF from taking part in all football matters.