30th October, 2014
Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday in Abuja commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his timely intervention in the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Association (NFA).
Danagogo, who is also the Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), made the commendation at the commencement of a retreat for the President Cup Competition in Abuja.
He said he was sure the crisis would be resolved following President Jonathan’s intervention, before the Friday expiration of the latest deadline given by FIFA.
“The interest of President Jonathan in the sport which unifies the country led to the invitation of the warring factions in the NFA for a truce meeting which will lead to true reconciliation of the parties.
“I can assure that Nigerians will heave a sigh of relief as the President, who is a strong supporter of our national teams, met with the warring parties and everything to ensure that Nigeria is not banned by FIFA will be done,” Danagogo said.
On the President Cup which is aimed at scouting for young football talents in the country, the minister reaffirmed his charge to the committee.
He had urged it to do a painstaking job by combing all the nooks and crannies of the country to fish out the talents.
The minister commended all the ex-internationals who are part of the committee for being part of the programme.
Those present at the ceremony included former Super Eagles players such as Peter Rufai, Taribo West and Tijani Babangida.