Nigeria: Truce achieved in NFF Crisis As Giwa 'Steps Aside'

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Mr Musa Amadu, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Football Association (NFA), returned to his office at the Glass House in Abuja on Monday

The Amadu's return was predicated on a FIFA letter, which directed the Aminu Maigari-led board to return to preside over a fresh election.

Mohammed Sanusi, the NFA Director of Competition and Idris Adama, the Director of Marketing, returned to office with Amadu.

Also Mr Chris Giwa, the embattled NFA Chairman and his board members, were not in office when Amadu and his team returned to assume duty.

Amadu told newsmen that his return would help put an end to the current leadership crisis in the association.

"I think that my being here today is to send a message that Nigerian football have to move forward; we will put the crisis behind us and come together to move football forward.

"We need to make sacrifices collectively and individually to move on and any person who is patriotic will not hesitate to give peace a chance.

"We were obviously told to do certain things by today and part of it is for us to run the affairs of the game without any hindrance.

"I am happy to say that we have come and met a very peaceful house; the staff are happy to be here and they are going about their businesses without any hindrance.

"This is a good omen and good sign of things to come. We want to appeal to everybody to please give peace a chance," Amadu said.

The NFA scribe also said that an extraordinary congress would hold within the shortest possible time to throw up a roadmap for election into the NFA board.

He further said that situation report would be communicated to FIFA at the end of the day.

On the AFCON qualifiers, Amadu said efforts would be made to ensure that Nigeria win the remaining matches.

"These five matches we have, three away and two home, must be taken very seriously, beginning with the match against South Africa on Wednesday.

"Sudan and South Africa are must win games; this is a wakeup call. We are too complacent; the Red Devils had us for a dinner instead of the result going the other way.

"I believe we will do everything possible as African champions to qualify.

"I am confident that we have learnt a big lesson and that will make us fight hard to qualify in our group," he said.

The above argument as regards Super Eagles chances of qualification from the group is in line with the opinion of several football enthusiasts FactNews had chats with. Several  Super Eagles fans have belief they will qualify for the 2015 AFCON championship.


Eagles ready for Bafana battle

Reigning African champions, the Super Eagles yesterday  landed in Cape Town, South Africa, ahead of tomorrow’s all important Nations Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana.

The team made up of 21 players, technical officials and backroom staff was led into South Africa by NFF, Director of Technical, Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme. The team flew into Johannesburg from Lagos in a South Africa Airways plane. The flight from Lagos lasted six hours before it took another flight to Cape Town for the duel.

Among the 22 players that prosecuted the ill-fated game against Congo Brazzaville, only Elkanemi FC goalkeeper, David Obiazor, did not make the trip. Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi decided to keep faith with the same squad and the team will have its first training session for the match at 8pm local time, which is 7pm Nigerian time.

Keshi who did not travel with the team on Sunday night due pressing personal issues will link up with the rest of the squad on Tuesday morning. In his absence, Dan “the Bull” Amokachi, will handle Monday work-out. The team is quartered at the serene Southern Sun hotel on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Source: NAN

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