Vocalist on Nigerian football matters Barrister Adokie Amiesimaka praised President Goodluck Jonathan to high heavens for finding the guts to do what others dared to do. For years, football in Nigeria took a plunge and instead of rescuing the already bad situation, the people who ran football in the country seized the opportunity to milk the country dry, in the name of trying to salvage the situation..
Rather than things improving it always got worse andÂ every time, anyone thinksÂ about government doing anything to remedy the situation, peopleÂ are there to cry interferenceÂ and the supposed sanctions from the world football governing body-FIFA
According to the Port Harcourt lawyerÂ the decision to ban the Eagles for two years is the bravest , boldest most progressive positive decision that our new president Dr Goodluck Jonathan has takenÂ and I congratulate him most heartilyâ€, Amiesimaka said.
He continued:Â I congratulate him for calling the bluff of these unpatriotic perennialÂ FIFA sanction singers, those who have for years held this country hostage, those fellows who have stunted the growth of football in Nigeria by singing this FIFA sanction mantra.
They go cap-in-hand to government for money and they do not want to account for it.Â TheyÂ donâ€™t want to develop the game. All they are interested is to take part in competitions, age grade competitions:Â load ineligible players, cheat and win, andÂ say they have done well.
In the senior competitions, they donâ€™tÂ beginÂ preparations early, fire those who worked hard to qualify NigeriaÂ and bringÂ fourth grade coaches from Europe pay them with all the money in our treasury,Â even pay them upfront and when they fail, they blame players, referees,Â weather , everyone and everything but themselves. I congratulate President Jonathan for that decision for scattering the glass house but he should go furtherâ€, Adokie said.
The former Sharks FC chairman said now that the glass house has been scattered President Jonathan should build a solid edifice on the rock literary speaking. â€œWe should look at the link betweenÂ football administration in Nigeria and FIFAÂ and that link is Amos Adamu.
He is a civil servant in the presidency, PresidentÂ Jonathan needs to look at his role in the footballÂ administration in Nigeria, he is the one FIFA listens to, because he is a member of FIFA executive committee. It is not enough to dissolve the NFA or to voluntarily withdraw from international competitions, We need to x-ray him, how useful has his roleÂ been to Nigeria, do we really need him, donâ€™t we have a better candidate who can portray Nigeria in good light in FIFA and CAF, these are pertinent questions that needs answersâ€, Amiesimaka said.
As regards the new NFA, the ex international saidÂ we need a credible NFA, one with people who are knowledgeable about the game, passionate and with sincerity of purpose. It is not an issue of removing Lulu and bring similar person, it is more of a problem of absence ofÂ institutional check and balances.
The new NFA should be structured in such a way that it is accountable, development oriented, we need to look at our league, what is the role of govt in football development, what about our coaches and referees. We have duty to train and retrain them. This is revolutionary step that the President has taken and it should be done properly.