Maigari: Why I can never work against Keshi, Ea­gles

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) Pres­i­dent, Al­haji Aminu Maigari, has de­scribed as puerile claims in some quar­ters that he was work­ing against the suc­cess of the na­tional team, the Su­per Ea­gles ahead of Mun­dial 2014 in Brazil. He fur­ther lam­basted a sec­tion of the sport­ing me­dia that have the be­lief that he wants the fail­ure of na­tional team han­dler Stephen Keshi, so that he can be fired for a for­eign han­dler. Speak­ing in Abuja, Maigari, de­clared that it will be fool­hardy for him to de­stroy what he has built.

“When the for­mer Coach Sam­son Si­a­sia left the stage for ob­vi­ous rea­sons, how many of those who are fronting for Keshi to­day wanted him as the Nige­rian coach. But in my wis­dom and af­ter talk­ing to our ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers, he was ap­pointed the Head Coach and he will agree with the whole world that we have been sup­port­ing him. Some people just want to cre­ate sen­sa­tion of pub­lic­ity for them­selves and use per­ceived dis­agree­ment with Keshi to in­sult us and win pub­lic ac­claim. For the records I can never work against a man that we col­lec­tively made the high­est paid Nige­rian alive to­day”.

The NFF Pres­i­dent also had harsh words for in­ter­net jour­nal­ists who have been feast­ing on the sup­posed rift in the foot­ball fam­ily. He said most of them write with­out facts and have been dam­ag­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of Nige­rian foot­ball and that of the coach­ing crew of the na­tional team rather than build­ing it. “If any­one is in doubt they should ask ques­tions but they will never do that, they go on Face­book, twit­ter and use all other man­ner of me­dia to dam­age the rep­u­ta­tion of the lead­er­ship of Nige­rian foot­ball with­out ask­ing ques­tions. Hence­forth, such fla­grant abuse of the me­dia will no longer be ac­cept­able to us. I don’t want to men­tion names but those con­cerned know them­selves and for the last time I want to ap­peal to them to al­low us con­cen­trate on prepa­ra­tions for the World Cup rather than caus­ing all man­ner of dis­trac­tions”, he said.

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