Former Super Eagles player Benedict Iroha has said the era of zoning in the Nigeria Football Association, NFA should be eradicated , if the country wants to develope her football.
The former Heartland FC coach was emphatic when he spoke to Saturday Vanguard sports about the issue of zoning. According to him, the issue of zoning has also contributed negatively to the way football is run in the country.
Iroha said football is not a political zone where a candidate from a tribe or state is supposed to rule or govern the affairs of football. He said it should not be an Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba affair. According to him, zoning will only help in killing the game.
â€œWe need people who can move our game forward and people who can appoint coaches based on merit and not by sentiment or by cultural differences .
I donâ€™t know why a particular tribe can not handle three positions. Tell me, if an Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba is good why canâ€™t he handle the U-17, 20, 23 or the senior team.
Where is it in the Nigerian constitution that they must choose people from zones to make up Nigeria. I want this Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba thing to be stopped. We need people from different states with vast knowledge in the game to be appointed to run the game. That is the kind of NFA I want,â€ he concluded.