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Take Nigerian football to greater heights, Dare charges Gusau

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusua, has been charged by the sports minister, Sunday Dare, to improve all levels of football…

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusua, has been charged by the sports minister, Sunday Dare, to improve all levels of football in the country.

Dare gave this charge yesterday in his office, at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, when the NFF leadership paid him a courtesy visit.

The Minister said football is a national asset, a unifying force in Nigeria and the Federal Government, through his Ministry, is interested in its growth and development.

“I am happy to see that you have settled down to work as a team. I thank you for this courtesy visit and want to urge you to get down to business quickly to the enormous task ahead of you.

“You have to move the game in the right direction, where all the genuine stakeholders want it to go. You have to hold crucial and critical conversations before you take crucial decisions. Let the interest of the nation be the first and most important consideration in all you do.”

“As a new board, this is a new beginning. You have to move things to a higher level. If there are some areas of our football that are broken, then you must fix them and if some areas are unbroken, then don’t try to fix them.

“I urge you to improve all levels of our football, build strong national teams, well structured, efficiently run leagues by improving their governance structures.

“This new leadership must be aware and sensitive to the issues that will lead to the growth and development of our football and I promise that as a Ministry, we will continue to do our best to seek the right kind of funding for your programmes,” he added.

Other members of the new NFF leadership on the visit were Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’, Rabiu Inuwa, Aisha Falode, Hon. Margaret Icheen, Hon. Essien Udofot and the General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi.

Jide Olusola