By Taofeek Lawal
Ss football will become a thing of the past. Danagogo stated this during his meeting with Premier League Club Chairmen and Managers (club owners) in Abuja. Danagogo stated that he was aware of the problems affecting football management in the country and the reason the first thing he did when he was appointed as minister was to see that Nembe City and Giwa FC of Jos are reinstated in the premier league.
He said that he was happy that every Nigeria is interested in moving the country’s football forward which he said has brought unity to citizens more than any other thing in Nigeria. He added that as major stakeholders, the club owners should show more interest in football more than anyone else so as to discover more talents that will win laurels for the country at the international level. The minister added that Nigeria has enough talents to win major tournaments and wondered why the Super Eagles have failed to break the jinx of round of 16 at the World Cup. “Government has done a lot to develop the talents and club owners also have a lot to do to harness these talents for the country so that we can reach the quarter final or semi final of the World Cup. Our ability to manage what we have will see us winning laurels at international competitions,” he said. Danagogo promised the club owners that their issues would be looked into while he also advice them to look for avenue for peaceful and private dialogues instead of taking their differences to the media.
“We would look at our roles and FIFA statutes and in the spirit of reconciliation and moving our football forward; we must come together and work towards the same target. Let us stop making inflammatory statement and embrace dialogue,” he added. The minister said that as a government and ministry, he is interested in ensuring that whatever problem affecting Nigerian football is discussed and solved as quickly as possible. In his speech earlier, the acting chairman of the Club Owners Association and chairman Nasarawa United FC, Barrister Isaac Danladi had called on the minister to use his good office to help in charging all stakeholders to abide by the provisions of the statutes of football as sanctioned by FIFA “while the FIFA standard electoral code is adhered strictly to in the general conducts of elections into the various boards of the federation and affiliated leagues.
Danladi said a position paper sent to the congress of the NFF last year in Warri Delta State on the need to protect the statutes and institute a proper league board for the premier league is still pending with the NFF. He said as a result of deviation from the statutes, the following issues needed to be addressed urgently: the present NFF board needs 2nd vice president, the premier league board is being run by a private owned company contrary to the provisions of FIFA and NFF statutes, clubs have been disenfranchised from voting in the Federations Elections and Congress decisions and; clubs have been disallowed to set-up its own electoral committee to elect the league board and managed the league as allowed in the FIFA standard electoral code and statutes.