By Philips Adefioye
Former secretary general of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Alhaji Sani Toro says President Goodluck Jonanthanâ€™s decision must have been based on public opinion.
Alhaji Toro told Saturday Vanguard sports that aside the Presidential Task Force, PTF, that was set up by former President, late Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua to ensure the teamâ€™s qualification to the 2010 World Cup, and to give feed back of the teamâ€™s activities to the President, complaints on the pages of newspapers must have exposed to 150 million Nigerians the wrong doings of the present Sani Lulu-led NFA.
â€œThe action by President Goodluck Jonanthan withdrawing Nigeria from FIFA for two years was based on public opinion.Â I believe he must have thought about it very well before carrying out the decision.
â€œMany Nigerians are not happy with the woeful performance of the Eagles at the first ever World Cup to be staged on African soil as well as the NFAÂ itself.
The Super Eagles have been at the centre of discussion in the media and there is no way the president would not have come to the conclusion that we need to go back to the drawing board and correct our mistakes. In every thing there must be a sacrifice.Â With drawing from FIFA for two years is a sacrifice and if that was not done right now, it will worsen the game in this country,â€ he said.
Toro, a former House of Representative member allayed fears that the world football governing body, FIFA might see the development as an instance of government interference in football affairs.
â€œI believe before this decision, FIFA must have been informed about it because FIFA does not like interference. They also know that they need government,â€ he stressed.