Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has blasted former
Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Sylvanus Okpala for dragging the name of
President Goodluck Jonathan into the small matter of his (Okpala's)
retrenchment by the Federation.
Okpala at the weekend issued a statement claiming that NFF
President, Aminu Maigari had boasted that not even President Goodluck Jonathan can
compel him (Maigari) to return him (Okpala) to the Super Eagles.
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu was aghast at
Okpala's puerile effort to blackmail the NFF President.
"Okpala must come out clearly to tell the world at
which forum the NFF President made such a statement. It is infuriating that a
former employee of the NFF would go to that length to try and blackmail the NFF
President and the Executive Committee.
"Okpala's statement was wholly in bad faith and was a
poor attempt at showcasing the NFF President in bad light. Maigari is universally
known to be, as a result of his background, respectful of persons in authority
and would never issue such a statement.
"The NFF is taken aback that Okpala also went ahead to
say that the NFF killed his mother! How could we have done that? I remember quite
well that when Okpala lost his dear mother, the NFF issued a condolence message
and even sent him a letter of condolence."
Amadu recalled the months before Okpala was employed as
Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles, when he persistently asked the NFF to intervene
in his contractual dispute with his then employers, Rangers International
Football Club of Enugu.
"The NFF President and members of the Executive
Committee and Management went all out to back Okpala in his case. It is regrettable
that the same man can turn around to be painting the NFF in bad light.
"He is commenting on a case that is in court, which
leaves him open to contempt. The NFF never wanted to comment on this matter but
for the misconduct of Okpala in bringing the name of President Goodluck Jonathan
into this matter."
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