We’ve done enough to stop Nigerian football crisis – NSC
By Our reporter
Sunday, January 29,  2012

The National Sports Commission (NSC) has declared that it has done more than enough to bring the lingering crisis rocking Nigerian football to an end, even as it noted that the officials of the embattled Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had always scuttled its effort in that direction.

The NSC, which backed its claims with volumes of documented evidence made available to the media, pointed out that as a commission, charged with overseeing all sporting activities in the country, it did not fold its arm while the Glass House boiled.
“We have, on several occasions, waded into the football crisis in the country with a view to bringing the warring parties together and resolving the imbroglio,” NSC’s image maker, Tony Ohaeri, stated in a recent release.

According to him: “We have severally called all the warring parties together. We have stepped in at various times to get those in court withdraw their cases. We have used different techniques to end the crisis, unfortunately, it has continued to linger, basically because those at the helm of affairs at the Glass House have continued to do the wrong thing.”
Ohaeri stressed that the NSC started wading into the football crisis way back in early 2010, even before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when the NFF almost bungled Nigeria’s participation at the Mundial via shoddy pre-World Cup arrangements.

On the disputed NFF election, Ohaeri noted that the warring parties were charged to exercise restrain and not allow their selfish interest to override that of the nation. “The DG, Dr Pat Ekeji, held a meeting with the warring parties on March 24, 2010 at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja, which Dr Sam Sam Jaja, Barrister Ray Nnaji and the NFF and Nigeria premier League (NPL) leadership attended. All the former sports ministers from Bio to Yusuf had at different times held meetings with the NFF leadership, where decisions that would have ended the crisis were taken.

“The unfortunate thing is that those who are supposed to implement whatever resolutions that were arrived at, end up doing the direct opposite. For instance, on October 23, 2010 a reconciliatory parley attended by the stakeholders, agreed that the NFF board should as a matter of priority, address the issue of reform in football administration in Nigeria. That was not done.

“The NFF equally failed to bring the warring factions of ex-international footballers under one umbrella, talking about NANF (National Association of Nigerian Footballers) and APFON (Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria).”

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