By JACOB AJOM
The Nigeria Football Federation has stated that the recurrent crisis in Nigerian football could cause havoc to the country’s ambition to win for the first time, the FIFA Women’sWorld Cup and the FIFA U-20 World Cup which the national teams are preparing for.
Similarly, the NFF is apprehensive of the impact the crisis could have on the Olympic team and the senior national team, the Super Eagles involved in 2012 Olympic qualifiers and the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, respectively.
Speaking on the NFF/NFA imbroglio, former captain of the national team and member of the NFF technical committee, Christian Chukwu said, “all this talk about crisis in Nigerian football can affect our teams because when the house is not in order, the teams too could be affected.”
He called on Nigerians to be wary of those who claim to be fighting without a just cause. “My appeal to true football people is that we should chart a common course. That is the only guarantee to success.
We cannot achieve any meaningful progress if we are constantly at loggerheads with each other,” the former coach of Super Eagles and Rangers International Football Club of Enugu said.
In the same vain, chairman of the NFF technical committee, Chris Green said he agreed with Coach Christian Chukwu. “Definitely, if the polity is unnecessarily boiled up, it will have a negative effect on the performances of our teams,” Green concurred.
He reasoned that with “the whole national teams involved in one competition or another, the so-called crisis is a big distraction. But thank God that the present NFF board has refused to be distracted. We are people on a mission and with God on our side, we will succeed.”
Green said Nigerians should know those to hold responsible if the teams currently with crucial matches in various competitions derailed.