Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Ibrahim Galadima has chastised the Sani Lulu-led board for settling for a low-class hotel, as the camp base of the Super Eagles for the World Cup in South Africa.
The current NFA board had originally chosen New Hampshire Hotel in Johannesburg as Eagles base but controversies followed this choice after it was revealed that it lacks the sophistication and ambience deserving of an abode that will house a World Cup team, that is already behind time in terms of good preparations.
Newly appointed Sports Minister Isa Bio used his powers to wield the big stick, thumping down NFFâ€™s choice that was interestingly approved by coach Lars Lagerback, who in turn rejected Bioâ€™s choice of Zimbali, a five-star hotel, preferring Waterfront in Richards Bay, which has gotten the nod to house the team.
A penalty fee of $125 000 was coughed out by the NFA for defaulting in the agreement with New Hampshire but from Kano State, Galadima said that the Lulu-led NFA board should be made to pay a stiffer penalty for their poor sense of judgement in handling the accommodation issue of a World Cup-bound team.
Galadima said that there is more than meets the eye in the botched New Hampshire deal which the NFA had from the onset said was suitable for the Eagles.
â€œIt is really strange that these people settled for such a hotel for a World Cup team. I really do not envy the Minister of Sports, who has not yet settled down but has been made to take a decision which I guess, he just had to do for the sake of the team and Nigerians. He must have seen that the place is not befitting for the team before overruling the NFA.
â€œBut Nigerians must demand an explanation from the NFA, on why they settled for the said hotel in the first place. Only them can tell us why because our team deserves only the best for a good campaign at the World Cup in South Africa. They should pay a stiffer penalty for making us to cough out a penalty fee for something that we are not usingâ€, Galadima added.