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No light at the end of the tunnel for Nigerian football, @batundemusic explains why

Many Nigerians woke up on Thursday morning to hear the news of Stephen Keshi's sack by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). Many, however saw it coming and were not surprised but were rather amazed by the appointment of Amodu Shuaibu as a temporary replacement. 

This occurrence is another saga in the unending and recurring comedy which has characterised Nigerian football since time immemorial.

The storm in the NFF has barely calmed when this sacking and replacement issue occurred. Just after the Brazil 2014 World Cup the management of the NFF witnessed a storm and crisis that almost brought the glass house down. FIFA threatened with a ban, SSS arrested excos, election and counter elections were held with new boards emerging against another. Same of same.

It's clear our football needs a revolution and the problem and solution isn't far fetched. The first step is to take out politicians/politics out of NFF and replace them with technocrats (ex-footballers). The bane of football in Nigeria is the continued involvement of politicians in our football administration. They know nothing and have no business managing our football. Politics and money are their MOTIVATION.

In this age where men who have done it all and seen it all on the pitch are now taking over the administration of football across clubs, national and continental FA's around the world, Nigeria is still turning to politicians to manage her football. 


Platini who is the President of UEFA is a legendary ex-footballer. Pep Guardiola in Barça and now Bayern Munich, Ancelotti in Real Madrid, Enrique in Barça, Louis Van Gaal, the list is endless.

Kalusha Bwalya is the head of the Zambian FA and it was under his stewardship that the country won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) that had eluded them. Here in Nigeria we have them aplenty ‎. Mike Emenalo is already a football exco at one of the biggest clubs in the World. He is an asset. Sunday Oliseh is a sport consultant, FIFA technical member,instructor and ambassador and Pro licensed coach.

These are the kind of men we need to move our football ahead. Men who have played the game at the highest level for club and country and who rose through the streets and grassroot of our football. They are the ones who can build our football, develop grassroot soccer, attract sponsors to our league, bring wealth of experience abroad to our soccer. They love, live and breathe soccer and will give back to our football immensely. Not politicians and charlatans who run our football for selfish gain and parochial interests.

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