By Ben Efe
Sports minister and National Sports Commission chairman Ibrahim Isa Bio said over the weekend that Nigeria will cooperate with World Soccer ruling body FIFA to resolve the crisis in Nigeria football.
Bio said that Nigeria will not violate any FIFA rule in its bid resusitate football administration. PresidentÂ Goodluck Jonathan withdrew the Super Eagles from international competition until 2012 following their disappointing performance at this year’s World Cup.
FIFA gave Nigeria up till 6:00 p.m. today to rescind the decision or face sanctions.
â€œNigeria will do everything possible to take the interest and sovereignty of Nigeria first and foremost and if that is in conformity with FIFA rules, so be it. But if it is not in conformity with FIFA rules, I think the sovereignty of Nigeria and interests of the people are most paramount,â€ said Bio in an official statement.
â€œWhat we want to do is get people who with their experience will restructure and reorganise our football and start right from the grassroots, invigorate the clubs and encourage more football academies where we can get young men to replace the present ones.
â€œGovernment is trying to liaise with FIFA in order to get these things done without necessarily violating FIFA rules.
â€œWe are trying to have a deliberate policy whereby we can encourage our local league to be very attractive so that we do not have to rely on foreign-based players all the time and when they are not available we continue to wait until their football seasons are over.â€