Nigerians in FIFA and CAF will meet to discuss the state of Nigerian football today in Lagos.
“With football in the country virtually grinding to a halt due to frequent spate of litigations it is high time we the football people of this country came together to brainstorm on the survival of the game here” says a text message that went out, serving as an invitation to those concerned.
The conveners of the meeting, are said to have been moved by the recent attack on the NFF and football by the Senate, a development considered unsavoury by football people in the country.
It was further revealed that the meeting is to address the belief that “the problems of Nigerian football are not foreign but domestic, necessitating the localization of the solution”.
Paul Bassey, FIFA media officer and CAF General Co-ordinator confirmed the meeting, emphasising full support.
“Better late than never”. He said: “It is high time we took our destiny in our own hands. There is no doubling that fact that issues considered complex and necessitating football solutions are often times blown out of proportion; just because of selfish and other interests”.
Former secretary General of the NFA Alhaji Sani Toro said: “By the Grace of God, he will attend, as he sees a genuine attempt to resolve football issues by football people.
“We owe our country a duty as football people to bring sanity to our football and I believe the Lagos meeting will pave way for such a resolution,” The Yerima of Bauchi said.
Others expected include General Dominic Oneya, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, Hon Ayo Omidiran, Mr Mike Itemuagbor, Chief Solomon Ogba, Mr Linus Mba, Mr Amanze Uchegbulam, Dr. Tijani Yusuf, Dr Bolaji Ojo Oba, among others.
The minister of sports is expected to lead a delegation to Zurich next week to seek FIFA’s counsel on the resolution of the country’s football woes.