By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Former Secretary General of Nigeria Football Association Sani Ahmed Toro has said that he had the antidote to the myriad of problems facing Nigerian football.
Speaking at the NFA secretariat in Abuja, Monday after returning his nomination form for the forthcoming NFA elections, the former Bauchi State commissioner for sports said he would bring his wealth ofÂ experience to bear on Nigerian football.
After serving as scribe of the NFA, Toro returned to his home state, Bauchi where he served as a commissioner from where he won election to the Federal House of Representatives where he headed the House Committee on Sports. He believes he was in a pole position against his peers in the contest for the top seat.
In his view, if elected to the office of the chairman of the NFA, he would copy the footsteps of Fifa president, Sepp Blatter and replicate the achievements recorded by the Swede if he took charge of Nigerian football.
Toro, who was NFA scribe when Nigeria qualified for her first ever World Cup finals at USA â€™94, insisted that his election would bring instant changes in the fortunes of returning the countryâ€™s football to the glory days.
â€œYes, I haveÂ returned my form,â€ he said, adding rhetorically, â€œ hopefully if Iâ€™m given the opportunity, I will do my best to return the national teams to winning ways. I have done it before as Secretary General and the records speak for themselvesâ€.
With his entry into the race, the NFA presidential race is now brimming with quality candidates that include a former Secretary General Tijani Yusuf, Lumumba Adeh, a former House of Representatives member and proprietor of J.C Raiders FC, among other candidates.
Aside his role in breaking Nigeria â€˜s World Cup jinx back in 1994, he was also instrumental to the
According to him, â€œIt took current Fifa president many years to diligently understudy former boss Joao Havalangeâ€, adding â€œif Iâ€™m eventually elected, I would be stepping into a very familiar terrain where my many years as NFA secretary general would come handyâ€.
â€œWe are all witnesses to what Blatter is doing at Fifa because he knows the problem of football at the global scale. It is not out of place if I say I that I can fix the problem here and address it squarely if I am given the opportunityâ€, Toro stated as he drew a parallel between his mission in football to what Blatter is doing in Fifa.