The Nigeria Football Federation has stated that it is not taking anyone to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa for the purpose of a jamboree.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, said Tuesday that the NFF Executive Committee at its meeting on Wednesday last week duly approved the constitution of 14 subâ€“committees to ensure a smooth operation for Nigeria at the biggest single â€“sport spectacle in the universe, and that everyone going to South Africa will be there to work hard.
â€œThere is no room for jamboree. Anyone listed in any of the subâ€“committees will have to work very hard. Weâ€™re not going there for picnic. The stories about people going for jamboree, at the biggest football tournament of all, and the insinuations that have followed, are highly distractive, uncharitable and mischievous.
â€œOf all the 209 members of FIFA, Nigeria is one of only 32 that have qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals. Yet, some people are still not happy. Their spectacle only sees the negative. We donâ€™t envy such people.
â€œIf we donâ€™t take people who are in football to the World Cup, from which industry are we supposed to take people? They should answer that question and stop disturbing the entire nation with their strange commentsâ€.
Ojo-Oba also dismissed deepâ€“seated pessimism among some persons that the Super Eagles will not do well at the World Cup in South Africa.
â€œEven the Technical Adviser, Mr. Lars Lagerback has expressed delight at the group that he has to work with, a group with a lot of talent and go â€“go spirit. The Super Eagles have the capacity to make a very huge, positive impact at South Africa 2010.
â€œThe cynics are entitled to their views. But we believe in the team and we believe that with the kind words from Mr. President and Commander_In_Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) at the Send Forth Dinner, the Eagles will definitely fly in South Africaâ€.