Nigeria risks FIFA axe over PTF –Kurfi

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee Aminu Balele Kurfi

As spec­u­la­tions over plans to set up a Pres­i­den­tial Task Force (PTF)to over­see Nigeria’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the forth­com­ing FIFA World Cup in Brazil gath­ers mo­men­tum, a foot­ball stake­holder and Pro­pri­etor of Fu­ture Africa Academy, Al­haji Aminu Balele Kurfi has warned against the move, say­ing it would pitch the coun­try against world foot­ball rul­ing body, FIFA.

In­stead, he ad­vised the Federal Govern­ment through the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion to em­power the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion fi­nan­cially to ad­e­quately pre­pare the team to o the na­tion proud in Brazil.

Ac­cord­ing to him, be­sides draw­ing the ire of FIFA who con­sid­ers such as in­ter­fer­ence, such a com­mit­tee would cre­ate prob­lems for the coun­try in Brazil.

He noted that the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion and the Su­per Ea­gles pre-World Cup build up is sat­is­fac­to­rily go­ing on as planned and ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to dis­re­gard those schem­ing to be ap­pointed into the PTF when set up.

“Mr. Pres­i­dent should not be mis­led into set­ting up PTF. Those who are talk­ing of a task force for World Cup are out of busi­ness and are look­ing for ways to raise money through govern­ment pa­tron­age and es­ta­code.

“The NFF and the Su­per Ea­gles are do­ing well, all preWorld Cup pro­grammes are go­ing on as planned, so what do we need the PTF? We won the Na­tions Cup and the u-17 World Cup with­out PTF.

“It is the obli­ga­tion of the NFF to op­er­ate on its own, in an au­ton­o­mous way with­out out­side in­ter­fer­ence, from the govern­ment or any other par­ties. Set­ting up a task force to over­see Su­per Ea­gles’ par­tic­i­pa­tion at the World Cup will amount to in­ter­fer­ence in NFF af­fair and FIFA is against it,” he said.

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