As the crisis plaguing the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF worsens, Former President of the Federation Alhaji Sani Lulu has beckoned on visiting FIFA President Gianni Infantino, President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to address issues bedeviling Nigerian football.
Lulu who spoke to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja before Infantino’s arrival in Abuja yesterday urged both FIFA and President Buhari to find lasting solution to the problems which have beclouded Nigerian football for about six years now.
According to Lulu whose tenure witnessed positive development for the country’s soccer trend especially for the Young lads; “Thank God FIFA President is coming. He should be able to address the basic problems affecting Nigerian football except he wants to wave it aside.He should look at the foundation in order to know why we are where we are at the moment.
“This is an opportunity for the FIFA President to give relevant advice to the government because government of the day must be involved at this stage where crisis has become part of the system. It doesn’t tell well of us.
“It’s unfortunate we have passed through this rocky stage for the past six years and so government must do something to remedy the situation. I was the NFF President six years ago, those who knew us knew what we left behind. It still amazes the People not only in Nigeria but in the entire world.
“During my time, we were impeached illegally and we were vindicated because those who took such move reversed the impeachment. This is an opportunity for FIFA President to go into the foundation that was rocked.
On the much condemned contract refusal by Frenchman Paul Le Guen, Lulu remarked “It’s an unfortunate situation, a contract that has been announced and unfortunately the following day it was refuted by the main actor the following day, the man announced turned it down. It doesn’t speak well of our entire system. Those in charge should know that when you are talking about engaging a coach, you must do that with necessary force and vigor required.
“As a Nigerian, I feel sad and pained that we are far behind in the world ranking.”
The low point of the current NFF administration led by Amaju Pinnick was compounded with Nigeria’s Flying Eagles failure to qualify for U-20 Nations Cup after they lost 3-4 to Sudan at the weekend.

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