Russia 2018: NFF Get Kudos & Knocks For World Cup Plans
For once Nigeria seems to be getting it right in terms of putting out a well-articulated plan to prepare for a major sporting competition.
The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday made public its well –tailored, comprehensive and articulate 2018 FIFA World Cup plan for the Super Eagles.
That action by the NFF is drawing applause from different sectors and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Adesola has also hailed Amaju Pinnick and his crew.
Adesola, who represented the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports (Barrister Solomon Dalung) at the unveiling of the plan at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, noted: “The present administration preaches transparency, and this is exactly what the NFF has done here. They have brought everyone on board and laid out their plan in good time, even asking people to contribute.
“This is commendable. I see a lot of excitement among the leaders of the football community here and I am equally enamoured by the clear –cut nature of the World Cup plan,” he said while also assuring that the Federal Government is working to ensure that the pitch of National Stadium, Abuja is revamped in good time for the Eagles’ pre-World Cup friendly against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, 28th May.
The NFF’s well –articulated World Cup program, includes venues and dates for six pre-World Cup friendly matches, kit launch, camping programmes and venues.
The team base camp, sponsors’ event and how the team will travel during the World Cup finals proper was also highlighted.
Meanwhile, On-Air-Radio personality, Tega Onojaife, has described the plans as one-sided and short-termed. She wondered why the NFF is not taking full advantage of the opportunity provided by the eager sponsors to market other national teams.
"The Super Falcons are yet to play a single official match since 2016. Why is all the attention on the Super Eagles?
"The NFF could have used all the sweet attention from sponsors to negotiate deals for the ladies and the other youth teams.
"It will cost them absolutely nothing to get that done. By June all the love and romance from the sponsors will disappear so why not maximise now".
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