Dalung preaches unity, accountability at NFF congress

Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sport.

Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sport.

Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, yesterday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to build bridges and close ranks within the football fraternity to foster unity and good relationship in the football house.

Speaking at the 72nd NFF General Assembly in Lagos yesterday, Dalung congratulated the football body for Super Falcons’ victory at the recently concluded Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroun, as well as the successes recorded so far by the Super Eagles in their qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup.

But he said that the Super Falcons’ public protest for their entitlements could have been averted if the NFF had effectively managed the situation.

He, therefore, called for the submission of the federation’s comprehensive proposal of programmes for 2017 to the Ministry by January with all requests for intervention, to make way for scrutiny and effective planning.

The minister also said that his office has been inundated with reports suggesting that the board of the NFF was divided over the issue of Mr. Pinnick Amaju contesting for a seat in the Confederation of African Football CAF.

“It is a policy of government to support and encourage Nigerians to vie and aspire for positions in international organizations. However, such persons must possess the requisite qualification and the wherewithal to
succeed.



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