14th November, 2014
Football stakeholders in the country have expressed satisfaction following the amendment of a bill by Nigerian lawmakers to make Nigeria Football Federation NFF autonomous in the bid to reduce the number of times the Nigeria soccer ruling body falls foul of FIFA statutes.
Yesterday the Senate jointly agreed with a vote to change the decree that governs the NFF and effectively makes it an autonomous branch of the executive.
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Joe Erico told P.M.NEWS Sports that the new NFF act is a welcome development. He noted that the autonomy granted to NFF by the new law will move Nigerian football forward with the era of government’s interference gone for good.
“This is what we have been clamouring for in the last few years and I am happy that the Senate has done the needful. I think members of NFF will be able to work independently now without interference from any quarter. It is a new dawn in Nigerian football,” he said.
In his own comment, Vice chairman of the NFF, Seyi Akiwunmi said the autonomy is a good development as it will take Nigerian football to the next level.
First Bank goalkeeper trainer, David Dosu believes that there will be a change in the Nigerian football from the league to the national teams.
He said the new NFF law will attract corporate bodies to Nigerian football, noting that Nigerian league will be better organised and structured now.