In a recent chat with sports journalists in Abuja, the proprietor of defunct Katsina United FC said it is true that each time FIFA inspectors visited the country, they left behind so many complaints about Nigeria’s inability to impress in terms of facilities but that should not bother Nigerians because it is one of FIFA ways of making hosting countries to sit up.
He assured that the complaints may come in torrents but they are not meant to suggest that the hosting right may be taken away because the world football governing body won’t take the cadet championship to another country.
“FIFA has its own way of making you to sit up. They will begin to complain about this and that so that you wake up and do the right things. To ginger you up, they may start to complain about this and that”. In view of this, I think we are on the right course and nobody should panic” he assured.
He said everything FIFA require of Nigeria would soon be made available because states which are bidding to host the championship have demonstrated practical commitment just as he stated that Nigeria had hosted bigger championship without serious problems.
Aminu explained that Nigeria has the desired facilities even if they are not up to standard in some cases or few but assured that since it is a cadet championship which is the lowest in FIFA organized competition, Nigeria will surmount all obstacles and provide the required facilities.
He said even before he became chairman of NFA, he had seen cases where youth championships organized by FIFA were played on substandard facilities.
The football administrator therefore said there is nobody who can discard the ultra modern Abuja national stadium and the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos.
“All the facilities FIFA is looking for, be it transportation, accommodation, or medical, everything will be in place. We have everything in abundance. Moreover, the governors of the states are willing to host and they will be comfortable and happy to be some of the host states” he maintained.