Nigeria doesn’t need task force for World Cup –Kurfi

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Pro­pri­etor of Fu­ture Africa Academy Al­haji Aminu Balele Kurfi, yes­ter­day kicked against calls for the set­ting up of a Pres­i­den­tial Task­force on Nigeria’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2014 World Cup, say­ing such a task­force will in­stead cre­ate prob­lems for the coun­try in Brazil.

Kurfi, who stated this in a chat with re­porters in Abuja, said the is­sues that prompted the con­sti­tu­tion of a Pres­i­den­tial Task­force by late Pres­i­dent Umaru Yar’adua have all been ad­dressed, hence his ob­jec­tion to the calls.

“We don’t need a Pres­i­den­tial Task­force of the World Cup now, set­ting up such a task­force will be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive be­cause the rea­sons that made the govern­ment of late Umaru Yar’adua to set up a Pres­i­den­tial Task­force in 2010 are not with us to­day.

“The first rea­son was that our qual­i­fi­ca­tion was shaky and we needed the task­force to mo­bi­lize re­sources and other­wise for us to be in South Africa 2010. But Nigeria has al­ready qual­i­fied for the World Cup, so the is­sue of qual­i­fi­ca­tion has been knocked out.

“Again, on the is­sue of 4re­sources, govern­ment has taken sub­stan­tial part of the budget needed to pros­e­cute the World Cup, and I be­lieve that the lit­tle that is left can be sourced by a ca­pa­ble mar­ket­ing com­mit­tee and depart­ment of the NFF. So, we don’t need a task­force to go to the World Cup,” Kurfi said.

Be­sides, he said the good­will from cor­po­rate spon­sors, multi­na­tional com­pa­nies and other bod­ies will help ad­dress some of the Fed­er­a­tion’s needs at the World Cup fi­esta.

“The NFF will def­i­nitely en­joy some good­will from spon­sors, and other cor­po­rate world as a re­sult of the achieve­ments recorded by the present NFF board, so with mas­sive mar­ket­ing drive, money will come. But the mar­ket­ing com­mit­tee with the mar­ket­ing depart­ment must def­i­nitely work for it,” he con­cluded.

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