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Jonathan Suspends Super Eagles from international football events
for 2 years
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the Super Eagles from
international football competition for two years.
Presidential spokesman Ima Niboro said "Mr. President has directed that Nigeria
will withdraw from all international football competition for the next two years to
enable Nigeria to reorganise its football,"
Mr Niboro stated further that the directive was due to the poor performance of the
Eagles in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
The president also directed that the account of the country’s World Cup
Organising committee should be probed.
Super Eagles were knocked out in the first round of the world cup. It lost two
matches and drew one out of the three group matches played.
emmanuel ehizojie, lagos
This is one of the greatest news i've ever heard, in fact not minding FIFA
hammer on this move,the government must come into the federation to save the
country from further shame .Nigerians are fed up with NFF and their various
excuses. it is high time the government investigate every areas of their dealings
both at the local league, international friendly matches, bonues, past FIFA
grants to the age group teams and the female national teams.
Akintokunbo A Adejumo, Ibadan, Nigeria
Thanks to the Lord and Mr President. A long overdue wise decision. May be we
will be sincere with our football for the first time.i just pray that the govt. will be
sincere with the appointment of seasoned and lovers of football apart from the
"chop i chop" disbanded NFF...We do not need to be with FIFA for now with all
the incompetence, stealing and age cheating going on in the so called glass
house whose occupants keep throwing stones with ignominy.
adeleke johnson, england
am very happy to hear the news, if 9ja with the population of 180 million can not
produce 11 men to play football all in the name of politics, it is a shame if
possible they should be suspended for 4 years.
Chukwubuike Emma Madu, Awka, Nigeria
Very pleased with the decision of Mr. President but let the intention be "catch
them young", if not the whole essence will be fruitless.
ANTHONY OYETUBO, USA
It make no sense at all. We will never be ready for the next World Cup. Politics
aside, we will never be ready for the next Wold Cup .Preparation and selection
of coaching staffs is what is needed and getting rid of all undesirable elements
will be a start, but banning the Super Eagle from competition is totally wrong
thing to do. It is that the Eagle need a leader that will lead not a friend that want
to be liked by everybody. I will hope that Mr President will reconsider and
reverse his decision. This will hurt the team as a whole. They should be
celebrated for efforts and perseverance and not just be looked down on. Every
one deserve a second chance, so let work with what we have and make
adjustment and improve weak areas in the organization. First thing is for us to
get a good coach. Let us go find one in the land of soccer South America as
they have demonstrated in this 2010 World Cup.
Idowu Ogunleye, Lagos, Nigeria
Haruna Yakubu, Abuja
Thank you very much Mr. President for that bold decision. Please do not
succumb to FIFA intimidation and let us reorganise the NFF. Those who do not
know the business of football should be kicked out and replaced with the right
people, please. For how long are we going to be having heart attack each time
the Super Eagles are playing a match.
olakunle alabi, lagos island
I have mixed feelings. For one thing the only team for me 'My Great Super
Eagles'. Regretably they could not fly at South Africa. But I vehemently detest
the football administration of this Country. If this will make 'My Eagles' fly higher
and higher I am all for it. GOD PLEASE HELP MY EAGLES TO FLY HIGHER
AND HIGHER AGAIN IN JESUS NAME AMEN.
Adesegun Fatusi, ile-Ife, Nigeria
A great decision. We need to rebuild our foundation and re-build from the
foundation. Enough of this patchy patchy work and the huge waste of resources
that goes along with it. The 2 years should be committed to getting talented
players and nurturing a team with cohesion, vision and passion. While we will
not formally participate in international competition, the emerging team should
be exposed to several friendlies internationally without fanfare or noise.
FAITH NONYE, ABUJA
I am in support of Mr. President. He has taken a very bold step. NFF needs to
be looked into. It takes a man with a bold spirit to do what Mr. President just did.
We need to overhaul NFA and bring in credible people and build a reliable
team. Long Live Nigeria.
Cyril Etuk, Abuja
Wrong decision. As much as I detest what is happening at NFF, we have taken
a wrong step to correct it. Things are not working in NFF because government
is involved one way or the other. The best thing is for government to remove its
hands from football administration and stop giving NFF money. Let them source
for their funds.
Sola Opadere, Lagos
Banning ourself from international competition is a retrogressive decision.
Instead, we need total overhaul of that aspect of our national life. For
conducting a bad election, did we ban INEC? For bad governance,in how many
states did he declare state of emergency? For him (President Jonathan) to be
taken serious, he needs to start clamping done on all non-performing agencies
of government, including the advisers that advise no one. Perhaps, he needs to
stop us from driving on the bad roads till they are fixed.
Matthew Olaleye, Lagos
If I say I expect anything less than this from government,I must be joking. How do
you explain such performance after much motivation? Fifa is not helping the
matter. It is as if Fifa is happy with our non-performance by preempted what
many country may do or say concerning the football administrator . Well the
truth is that the Nigeria football administrator had failed us and we want them to
be accountable. It is even annoying that the country administrator appraises
themselves and score high. That means they did not see anything wrong in their
performance so far hence they are not likely to do better in future. To hell with
is good for our football, to have a new lift in our football these must
happen,thanks mr president for the courage.
Lanre Olaosegba, Lagos
Great decision but too severe! I support mr president for banning the current
NFF, Super Eagles and the junior eagles but i want to believe that the decision
not to partake in international matches in the next two years may not be in the
interest of Nigeria since football has been a unifying factor to us in this country. I
will rather suggest that Mr. President should re-constitute the board of the glass
house with real football lovers who should fast track the 'catch them young'
programme with all intent and purposes and very urgently such that we will not
miss future competitions like the Nations Cup, 2014 world cup and others. Mr.
president should please review this decision in the interest of all of us.
FOOTBALL IS ALSO KEY IN THE AFFAIRS OF GREAT NATIONS. Nigeria
should not be an exception!
Richard OlaOluwa Okusipe Surulere, Lagos
It is so disheartening to find that Super Eagles after all, are NOT that super..
Also, a searchlight should be beamed into the missing $236,000 from the NFF
office. Fund meant for the World Cup preparation, and should be kept in the
account was missing. Gosh!!! God help us!