5th October, 2010
FIFA/CAF Executive Member, Dr. Amos Adamu and ex-internationals have thrown their weightÂ behind the indefinite suspension of Nigeria by the world football governing body.
Dr. Adamu, while speaking on Brila FM early today said FIFA had placed Nigeria underÂ serious scrutiny long before it came out to suspend the country from all footballÂ activities in the world, adding that he saw the action of FIFA coming.
According to him, â€œthe whole thing is affecting our football. We cannot continue thisÂ way. We know the rules and must follow them if we want to keep playing in internationalÂ football. FIFA has over 208 members and the question to ask is why would Nigeria alone goÂ against the rules?
“We must be ready to abide by FIFA statutes. The court of arbitration is there forÂ whoever is aggrieved,” he added.
Ex-internationals Christian Chukwu and Uche Okafor also believe that it is high time thatÂ the stakeholders in Nigerian football do the right thing at the right timeÂ becauseÂ failure to do that may attract stiffer penalties. According to Chukwu, former coach ofÂ the Super Eagles, â€œIâ€™m sad that FIFAâ€™s hammer has fallen on us even though we deserve it.Â It is sad but if it is what will bring progress and peace to our football, then we needÂ it.”
There has been interference from government.â€
Chairman Brila Group and a member of Presidential Task Force, PTF, Larry Izamoje andÂ former coach of the Super Eagles to the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup, Adegboye OnigbindeÂ said they saw the ban coming and advised administrators of the game go back to theÂ drawing board to do the right to develop football in the country.
â€”AdebobolaÂ Â Alawode