Says the sincerity of the NFF board was never in doubt

The Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation?s (NFF) Media and Publicity Sub-Committee, Emeka Inyama, on Friday, commended the Aminu Maigari-led NFF board, saying its sincerity towards taking Nigeria football to a new height had never been in doubt.
Inyama, while noting that there had been a number of hitches and dark spots along the way, said: ?One of the most credible steps the Board has taken was to mandate Coach Stephen Keshi to embark on a new strategy for the selection of players for the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, through giving players in the Nigeria League equal opportunities to make the team for matches.”

?Failure to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations was a huge disappointment and still rankles, but it is said that when an elder falters, he looks to his front. We have looked forward and developed a sure method that will guarantee qualification of Nigerian teams for major competitions.

?Football is the biggest factor that brings all Nigerians together, and we are well aware of that and very much alive to the responsibility of giving joy to our people through the beautiful game.?

To buttress his stand, he highlighted the recent achievements of the various national teams.

?As we speak, our U-20 Women Team is in Japan doing well at the FIFA U-20 Women?s World Cup, and, on Sunday, will give us something to celebrate with by qualifying for the quarter finals. The U-17 Women Team is preparing for the FIFA U-17 Women?s World Cup in Azerbaijan, and the Senior Women?s Team will soon start preparing for the 2012 African Women Championship,? he said.

?For the men?s team, the Super Eagles are in the final round of qualification for the 2013 African Nations Cup; the Flying Eagles are also in the final round of the series to qualify for 2013 African Youth Championship, and the Golden Eaglets are getting set for their own qualification race, after a thorough process of selection that included MRI tests.?

The Maigari-led Board has three trophies in the cabinet (2010 African Women Championship, 2011 African Youth Championship and 2011 COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament), but Inyama believes the spoils could have been more without distractions from several quarters.

?We will also continue to ensure that our teams get quality friendly matches, while we focus hard on development programmes that are presently being re-worked for better implementation by the Technical Sub-Committee,? he said.

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