EX-MINISTER ABDULLAHI FAULTS NFF ON FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT

August 11, 2022

FORMER MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, MR BOLAJI ABDULLAHI, HAS FAULTED THE NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION (NFF) ON GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT, SAYING THE BODY WAS FOCUSED ON GETTING IMMEDIATE RESULTS.


MR ABDULLAHI, WHO IS THE PEOPLES’ DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S CANDIDATE FOR KWARA CENTRAL SENATORIAL DISTRICT IN THE FORTHCOMING 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS, MADE THE OBSERVATION YESTERDAY WHILE DELIVERING A LECTURE AT AN EVENT IN ILORIN, KWARA STATE.


HE NOTED THAT THE PROBLEM OF THE NFF IS THAT THEY ARE TOO FOCUSED ON GETTING IMMEDIATE RESULTS, RATHER THAN STRENGTHENING THE INSTITUTIONS THAT WILL ENSURE TOTAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE GAME FROM THE GRASSROOTS.


MR ABDULLAHI, WHO WAS SPORTS MINISTER WHEN THE SUPER EAGLES WON THE 2013 AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS, SAID IT TOOK THE TEAM 19 YEARS BEFORE THEY COULD ACHIEVE THE FEAT, ADDING THAT IT WAS A REFLECTION OF THE TOTAL NEGLECT OF THE DEVELOPMENT CULTURE IN FOOTBALL IN NIGERIA