…may spell doom for Eagles ahead 2016 CHAN
There are indications that the country’s quest to haul medals at 2016 Olympic Games would turn out to become another failure following snail pace various approval for trainings and competitions get in recent times.
As at the last check, various sports federations are already groaning amidst no funds to carry out their end of the year programmes including attending several qualifier events as well as hosting grassroots competition.
Nigeria Cricket Federation, NCF is among the others that their scheduled U-17 male and female national championship has been put to a stop.
In fact, the funds made available or that was supposed to be made available by World Cricket body, International Cricket Council, ICC has been trapped by the newly introduced Treasury Single Account, TSA by President Mohammadu Buhari.
Many are of the view that untimely release of funds due to TSA and bureaucratic bottlenecks have contributed in not too impressive performance by Nigeria’s Dream Team in the ongoing CAF U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal.
A top official in the Ministry of Sport told Nigerian Pilot that more financial roadblocks await the country especially in football with many competitions in all levels that require steady funding.
The official who pleaded anonymity told our Correspondent that the announcement of new Permanent Secretary Christian Oha with little or no knowledge on need to tackle issues head-on has compounded problems.
“I really don’t know how Nigeria will fare at 2016 Rio Olympics with the way things are going. And things have continued to get worse by the day with athletes preparing for Olympics qualifier or the competition proper getting frustrated.
“Recently, the new authority in the sports and youths ministry asks lots of questions when proposals are submitted. And most times, files end up not getting required attention.”
Among the teams that would suffer this administrative blow is Super Eagles home based players expected to kick-start preparations ahead of 2016 CHAN tournament.