Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Uchegbulam wants NSC to steer clear of Super Eagles

14 October 2012, 14:24

Abuja - Amanze Uchegbulam, a former Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Board member, has advised the National Sports Commission (NSC) against interfering with the association’s plan for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the advice became necessary following what happened when the federal government set up a Presidential Task Force (PTF) in 2009.

NAN reports that the PTF was set up by the federal government to oversee the Super Eagles’ qualification and participation at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The task force was headed then by Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, with other eminent Nigerians as members.

Uchegbulam who spoke with NAN in Abuja over the telephone on Sunday said the Task Force then, instead of being a guide, became more of a distraction.

"It was a distraction to the Eagles and the NFA.

"The Task Force dumped most of the plans developed by the technical crew and the NFA board towards the World Cup in South Africa.

"So, this time around, agencies such as the National Sports Commission (NSC) should give the NFA all they need to perform and not interfere.

"Past experience has shown that the next thing the NSC will do now will be to set up a committee for the Eagles’ participation at the Nations Cup.

"But during our own time at the NFA, the Presidential Task Force that was set up interfered with the plans of the FA and that was the confusion that created problems,’’ Uchegbulam said.

The former NFA board member, who is the current Chairman of the Imo State Football Association, warned that any attempt to put pressure on the Eagles to win the trophy could be disastrous.

He said personal interests and interference, if not avoided now, could jeopardise Nigeria’s chances of surpassing its past records at the competition.

"They should allow NFA and Keshi to settle down and build a formidable team for the Nations Cup.

"Everyone knows so much and I think that is where the problem will come from.

"If the can allow then to concentrate and build on their programme, I think they will do well in South Africa," Uchegbula said.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...