Football critic andÂ Â former Gombe FootbllÂ Association Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Gara-Gombe has hit hard on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), saying that the football houseâ€™s decision on football matters have always been based on sentiments and hypocrisy.
Alhaji Gara-Gombe was reacting to the NFFâ€™s decision on who between Warri Wolves Football Club and Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt is entitled to represent the country in the 2010 CAF Confederation Cup Championship.
Speaking to Sunday Vanguard Sports in Lagos Friday, the former Gombe FA Chairman said that after the Rangers/Warri Wolves league feud, he knew that sooner than later the NFF will find a way of appeasing the Warri side.
â€œThee NFF has a history of taking bad decisions against Sharks FC and after Warri Wolves cried foul over the decision of Organising & Disciplinary committee of the NFF on the Rangers, Warri Wolves match, I knew that one way or the other, he NFF will find a way to appease them or Delta State,â€ he said.
He said that the first sign the NFF was going to favour the Deltans was the confirmation of Warri as a possible venue for the 2009 U-17 World Cup after FIFA ruled out the oil city for security reasons.
â€œWhen they took the decision to give Warri Wolves the continental ticket, they quoted certain portion of the Statutes, how many decisions have they taken quoting the Statutes in their judgment,â€ he said, stressing that no decision on the Confederation Cup ticket could becloud Enyimbaâ€™s consent on the matter.
He added that Enyimbaâ€™s decision to prosecute the Con Fed Cup campaign as third finishers in the leaguer has put the NFF in a dilemma, because â€œEnyimba has a say as the NFF cannot choose for them which on which ticket to campaign in the competition.â€
On the claim that money exchanged hands hence the NFF wants Warri Wolves instead of Sharks, Alhaji Gara-Gombe said â€œI donâ€™t want to believe that, it is prejudicial,â€ stressing that those who say that Rivers State has done too much for Nigerian football and therefore Sharks should get the ticket should also remember that Delta State has done same for the country.
â€œThere should not be sentiments about it, otherwise Lagos Stateâ€™s Eko United should be considered too because the State has done much for Nigerian football,â€ he said, stressing that â€œthe NFF decision on this matter should be respected because we have been living under some hypocrisy and weâ€™ve not been fair to ourselves.â€
To buttress his point, the former Gombe FA boss said that when the NFF decided to suspend him and dissolve the state FAÂ two years ago, nobody challenged the decision, he queried, saying, â€œare these not violations of the Statutes or wrong decisions, so letâ€™s continue drifting until such a time when all of us will stand and speak against injustice in football.â€