…NFF boss inaugurates league IMC Thursday
By ROMANUS UGWU, Abuja
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, has disclosed that he extensively inquired about the exclusion of Nigerian West Bromwich Albion’s forward, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, from the Super Eagles provisional Africa Cup of Nations team list. Eagles’ gaffer, Stephen Keshi, had shocked many Nigerians with the omission of players such as the Albion’s attacker despite his repeatedly indicated interest in participating in the tournament.
The same measure applied to Ukraine-based left wing-back, Taye Taiwo and Spanish La Liga rampaging attacker, Obafemi Martins. They are left out of the provisional teamlist for the AFCON tourney. Reacting formally on the teamlist while fielding questions from the media in Abuja recently, the Glass House boss admitted that though he was part of the technical sub-committee meeting that questioned Keshi over his decision, he would never intervene or imposed any player on coaches.
His words: “The responsibility of the executive board is to regulate. You know we don’t interfere or impose players on coaches. But, I was actually able to attend part of the last segment of their technical committee meeting involving the coaches themselves.” “I was able to ask a few questions especially why Osaze was not invited.
What the technical crew told me was that they equally queried the coach but he gave them his reasons that sounded so convincing. I feel that it is not my right to insist the coach must bring back any player,” he noted. He equally spoke on the crisis over the resumption date of the Premier league and update on the Interim Management Committee (IMC), the federation’s boss revealed that he will inaugurate the committee on Thursday in Abuja.
His words: “I have set up an Interim League committee to look into the differences. They felt the Nations Cup is too close, while we felt after the tournament is too far. The committee will sit down and carefully look at the situation and come back with the best advice.
I will inaugurate it on Thursday this week. He also spoke on the controversial target set for the Super Eagles during the Sports Minister’s recent visit to watch the Super Eagles training in Abuja last weekend Maigari said: “As the Hon Minister said, nobody should tell you to go and win the Cup, but it is the prayer of every Nigerian that we win the cup. The collective prayer point is that we are going to win this cup. We don’t expect anything short of this because of the confidence we have on you and the technical crew”. I believe that you can do it.”