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2018 W’Cup: NFF Begs FG To Set Up PTF

NFF; Promasidor
Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 7:48 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tony Ezimakor

Abuja – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has written President Muhammadu Buhari begging him to as a matter of urgency set up a Presidential Task Force (PTF) to boost the Super Eagles 2018 World Cup campaign.
The NFF request is premised on the financial and logistics challenges towards a successful prosecution of the qualifying tournament.
Nigeria was at the verge of crashing out of the 2010 World Cup that held in South Africa when the federal government under Goodluck Jonathan intervened with the PTF headed by Chibuike Amaechi, then governor of Rivers State.
Only recently, Amaju Pinnick, President of the NFF had expressed the readiness of the federation to welcome any measure the government may put in place to support the prosecution of the qualifiers.
But in what appeared to be a departure from the norm, the NFF has taken the initiative to invite the federal government to go ahead and set up the task force.
A source inside the football house confirmed that  the NFF has formally written President Buhari, through the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, asking that action be expedited on the matter before Nigeria’s first game against Zambia next month.
The belief at the Glass House is that the PTF would assist the NFF overcome funding bottlenecks that it is facing through the TSA. It is also hoped that the PTF would fast track access to the powers that be in making funds available to the Super Eagles.
Interestingly, the PTF was seen as a contraption and rival force in the 2010 campaign by Alhaji Sani Lulu, who worked against it.
Our source, however, observed that with the serious funding problems faced by the federation, it would be foolhardy on the part of the NFF to resist any assistance it can garner through a body like the PTF.
The free fall of Nigerian football in recent times, a source hinted, has robbed the NFF of the confidence it needs to confront their World Cup group opponents, Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
The poor performance by the NFF leadership has also made the government to lose confidence in the football federation.
“The fact is that the present administration of football cannot qualify the Super Eagles for the World Cup.  We saw it at the Nations Cup qualifiers, it happened in the U-20 and U-17 Sudan and Niger Republic stopped us.  Algeria and Cameroon and Zambia will not spare us.  We can’t leave this in the hands of this people,” our source said.