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NFF 5-Year Development Plan ‘Wishy Washy’ Attempt To Frustrate FGN Big Plans For Nigeria Football

A so-called five-year development plan prepared by the NFF is merely a very amateurish attempt by the football federation to frustrate the Federal Government of Nigeria from undertaking a serious exercise to put Nigeria football on a sound footing.

The NFF development plan was a hurriedly-worked document, which did not have commencement  as well as terminal dates for such a plan.

The document also did not evaluate what has so far been implemented from the so-called plan.

The adjectives to quality the NFF plan include “a huge joke”, “shambolic”, “clueless”, “directionless” and “shameless”.

NFF Development plan

The NFF plan has again clearly exposed the lack of capacity at the secretariat headed by a purported doctorate degree holder, Mohammed Sanusi.   

The NFF leadership has from the word go resisted any attempts by the Federal Government to direct the development of Nigeria Football.

The NFF General Secretary Sanusi was conspicuously missing when the Master Plan Committee was inaugurated by Sports Minister Sunday Dare (PICTURED).

This was amid grumblings by NFF Executives as well as many State FA Chairmen that they were not fully represented on the Master Plan Committee and that there appeared to be a personal agenda to oust them from office.

A plan or a huge joke?

This opposition was further elevated when a very experienced administrator and Imo State FA Chairman Amanze Uchegbulam formally communicated the Master Plan to decline an invitation to make his presentation before them.

Uchegbulam claimed this was a direct Government interference in the running of Nigeria Football and that it could cause serious sanctions against Nigeria by world football governing body FIFA.

It was only FCT FA Chairman Adam Mouktar Mohammed who “stepped out of rank” to present his ideas to the Master Plan Committee.

Mouktar Mohammed’s presentation stirred hope that a new generation of Stakeholders was on the rise.

NFF 1st Vice President  Seyi Akinwunmi appears to also be another “black sheep” who has worked closely with the Master Plan Committee after he was appointed to replace “a very busy” General Secretary Sanusi on the committee.

Questions are now being asked about his nomination on the Master Plan Committtee – was he drafted by NFF President Amaju Pinnick as widely reported or he was nominated by the Sports Minister?

Akinwunmi in the meantime has appealed to his fellow State FA Chairmen that they should come forward to air their views on the way forward for Nigeria Football or they may eventually regret their non-participation.


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