As the Super Eagles gear up for the Angola 2010 Nations Cup and the SA 2010 World Cup, soccer loving Nigerians will be shocked to learn that those who represented the country at its first World Cup in the USA and the last set of players to win a Nations Cup trophy in Tunisia same year are yet to get houses promised them by the Federal Government.
Among them is former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba and Olympics silver winning coach, Samson Siasia, as well as head, Medical Department of the National Sports Commission, Dr. Akin Amao.
Investigations revealed that among the players and officials only nine players and nine officials have been allocated the houses which the Federal Government has since fully paid for. They were lucky to be allocated their houses in Abuja, while the rest of the players and officials wanted theirs in Lagos.
Speaking on the matter, Ikpeba called on Sports Minister and NSC boss, Sani Ndanusa, to come to their aid, by getting the house keys from the Federal Housing Authority. â€œAt least, if he helps it would motivate the younger ones to come out fighting for the country since they know that their struggle will not be in vain. Some of the players concerned don’t even have house of their own presently and it would be a big relief if the houses are released as gifts for the season.
Another concerned official, Dr. Oremisola, said they have jointly written several letters but are yet to receive the houses despite having letters of allocation.
â€œâ€œThe last time we met them in Abuja and they said we should go and see one Engineer Gumel, we rushed to Abuja for the meeting only to be told he has gone for a conference, since then we have heard nothing from them and itâ€s very frustratingâ€â€.
Ikpeba told our reporter that he will be seeking audience with both NSC and NFF officials to help impress it on the management of the FHA to quicken the process of releasing the houses to them.