want to congratulate you on your appointment as the number one sports
administrator in Nigeria and I wish you a productive regime in the office.
said that, Sir, I want to bring to your attention the things that are not
properly done or overlooked in Football and Basketball especially - two of the
most popular sports in Nigeria.
of all, there is an urgent need for you to look into the issue of contract
signing for the victorious U17 boys, the NFF said via a press release that they
will not allow any agent to sign the boys. This is not in their remit, but
making regulations and passing them through their successive programmes of
development, where one percent of any such transfer go to the federation,
according to international standard as practiced in England and world over.
responsibility and duty is in player’s discovery, development and nurturing to
enable them to perform to the best of their abilities and patriotism for the
greater good of the nation and themselves, which they have done. The players
are entitled to sign pre-contract and professional contract agreements before
and when they clock 18. The NFF proclamations were under the guise that they
don’t want them to sign slave contracts, which is no business of theirs but to
guide, advise and support rather than the indecent backdoor football agency
creation by the FA.
NFF can only make laws regarding a legitimate age a player can sign
pre-contract or professional contract and not indulge in player trading. It was
widely circulated in the media that the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick personally
introduced Victor Osimhen to Arsenal FC. This is illegal and fraudulent
because he is not a FIFA Licensed agent.
does not have the rights to sell or stop players from signing for any club.
they are allowing academies to do talent hunts, taking kids abroad. Just last
week, some came to Abuja to do a talent hunt show, those are the people they
need to look out for in order to protect the players in other to avoid slave
contracts. They have to put the regulations in place. Please Sir, it will be
beneficial to the players' careers and the nation to implore them to sign their
the issue of kit sponsors, it is such a shame that a nation as big as
ours, the so called giant of Africa signed a shoddy contract. Players attending
tournaments without adequate kits, each of them got only a jersey which they
had to wash and re-use for the next game. Please look into this matter, it is a
disgrace. Adidas was our sponsor with retainer ship fee while Nike is neither
bringing money nor kits as recently and currently exposed. Sir, please
investigate the Nike contract.
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the issue of sponsorship, the NFF claimed that Arik Air and Zenith banks were
the co-sponsors of some FA chairmen who were sent to London for a training
which is clearly unnecessary. The federation claimed to be broke but had the
money to sponsor FA Chairmen on a training ahead of their Annual General Meeting,
is it to avoid impeachment or for acceptance as their Annual General Meeting
beckons? The FA chairmen accepted, instead of them to ask the FA to use the
money to offset some bills. The FA is broke Sir, they are owing all the
National Teams, including coaches. The NFF playing to the gallery were praising
Arik, Sir, can you request for the sponsorship proofs with these ones?
is imperative that the NFF should create an Insurance policy for all their
athletes, this is rising from a player - Gloria Ofoegbu who got injured while
she was playing for Nigeria. The NFF neglected her and even denounced her that
she didn’t get the injury whilst playing for the Nation. Despite all the pleas,
it entailed the involvement of a Good Samaritan to help conduct a surgery for
her. She is amongst many others, suffering from the lack of adequate insurance
policy for the national team players hence players playing better for clubs
than country because they will end up saying if they got injured no one will
treat them, conversely devoting themselves to their clubs than their country as
they are better looked after both medically and academically.
is the second most popular sports in Nigeria, Sir, the Federation is one of the
poorest with little or no money attached to them. They are reaping the reward
of their perseverance, determination, and the love for the sport and their
nation with recent successes, irrespective of the lack of adequate investment
and sponsorship. I think you should deem it fit to support them and encourage
future generations by allocating them enough budget, facilities and resources
to enable them develop the game in the nation.
Sir, since your appointment two months ago, we are yet to hear about the
policies you want to make for sports apart from fighting corruption in Nigeria.
Good to know you have checked out equipment and stadium facilities but there is
a huge need for you to do more by cutting out social activities and settling
down to get to work as we know that it took the president a long time to
appoint ministers. By now we expect you to start putting committees that will
work with you together, good heads and experienced hands that can help your
sojourn in office.