The Presidency is currently scouting for football chiefs as Nigeria Football Federation’s chiefs face axe after it was discovered that they are loyal to chieftains of rival political party, All Progressive Congress.
Latest security intelligence reports show that the headship of the current Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is working with opposition. This revelation made the Federal Government to begin search for a completely new set of officials to manage Nigerian football after the 2014 World Cup.
Two reports had been written to the President. In one of the reports, a complete new set of officials were recommended for the FA.
In a petition by a group, Niger Delta Football Stakeholders to the Presidency, the NFF’s president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari’s affinity for Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi was chronicled.
The four-page petition had 29 pages of attachments including pictures. Chris Green, the chairman of the Technical Committee was also well profiled in the report alongside immediate past Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi.
It was gathered that three different security structures of government had been mandated to undertake different security intelligence reports. With only one team that had submitted its report, government is considering to arrest, investigate and try the FA officials as a team for various criminal charges shortly after the world cup to pave way for the implementation of the Oneya committee report.
As at yesterday, the committee report had been given to a three-man committee to study and recommend ways of implementing the report. The committee had a former military administrator who loves football as chairman.
However, like the Umar Musa Yar’Adua administration did when they executed the 2010 World Cup, the Federal Government may after the Easter holidays implement a seven-man Presidential committee to manage the affairs of the Super Eagles in Brazil.
Sadly, no member of the board of the NFF is being considered to sit on the committee unlike the situation in the Yar’Adua regime. Rather, the National Sports Commission (NSC) has a seat in the committee whereas the Chairman and Secretary are not from the sports agencies.
With less than 60 days to the World Cup, the Federal Government is seriously considering not to toy with the possible chances of the Super Eagles in going far in the tournament.
Some officials of the football house spearheading the ‘crisis’ in the national team have been put under surveillance and government is ready to put in place any action that will not let them to distract the team from doing very well in the world cup.