Former football star, John Fashanu, has called for the restructuring of the composition of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation stating that at least three seats must be reserved for ex-internationals.
The former England player believes the experience of playing the game at the top level will aid the former internationals to give the much needed lift to the game in the country in administrative capacity.
According to him: “If we want to get our football to compete with the best, it should be mandatory that at least three slots be allotted to ex-footballers on the NFF board. We former players live the game, we eat the game, we sleep the game, we dream it and eventually, we ex footballers will die the game.
“There can be no one else that has more knowledge of football than we did. Our exposure and experience will see us do things diffrently in a more effective way.”
Fashanu said that football had been taken away from the real stakeholders by politicians who he said were in the circle for personal agenda.
“It’s a matter of fact that Nigerian football has been hijacked by politicians who are pursuing self-interest rather than the development of the game,” he said.
He noted that although the effective administration was not limited to former footballers, drastic changes would be made if ex-internationals were leading or at least being part of the NFF executive committee.
He expressed disappointment at the recent decision to end the league with 14 round of matches to play adding that a board comprising ex-internationals will not have allowed such it to happen.
“A few people like ourselves Jay Jay (Austin Okocha), Kanu Nwankwo Victor Ikpeba, Samson Siasia, Emmanuel Amuneke, Mutiu Adepoju and others have what it takes to make great impact in Nigerian football if we found ourselves in decision making roles.
“We are people who have football experience and should be among the decision makers in order for Nigerian football to reach its full potential,” he stated.
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