By Eddie Akalonu
Football administrator and former chairman of Premier League side, Kano Pillars, Alhaji Sani Usman has said the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF is to blame for the Eagleâ€™s poor runs in the final stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking on telephone with Sunday Vanguard Sports, Usman premised his stand on the ground that theÂ football body roundly failed to chart the way forward for the team to pick the sole ticket of their.
â€œI think the blame for our current situation lies with the NFF. I say so because they went to sleep after the preliminary rounds were concluded and continued to glory in the fact that we won five straight matches, forgetting we had only gotten into a tougher stage that would need meticulous and stricter management.
â€œThe Eagleâ€™s lack-lustre performance was to be expected because the NFF took no drastic action to ensure we picked the ticket to South Africa. I really feel bad about it becauseÂ one now has to pray fervently for something to happen in the other match so that Mozambique can defeat Tunisia, while we are able to beat Kenya in their place.
That means we now have to depend on others to be able to qualify, whereas, we should be the one giving out the favours to others if our bearing was right from the onset. Our football has gone beyond the level of begging and depending on another country to do something in our group to enable us pick a World Cup ticket.Â I sincerely feel this should not be so because this situation could have been avoided if the NFF had taken adequate measures to plan our next move. Rather than plan and strategise, they went celebrating our early round wins and left things until it was late. So, the blame is on them,â€ he insisted.