Lulu ap­plauds In­fantino’s visit, wants end to NFF cri­sis

Daily Trust - - SPORT - @shagcy By Orkula Shaagee

A former pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF), Al­haji Sani Lulu Ab­dul­lahi has com­mended the ini­tia­tive of the lead­er­ship of the Fed­er­a­tion to en­cour­age the FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianno In­fantino and the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ms Fatma Samba Samoura to visit the coun­try at a time when the coun­try’s foot­ball is in cri­sis.

Lulu who spoke in Abuja at the week­end, said the NFF should be bold enough to present to the FIFA pres­i­dent the true po­si­tion of things in the coun­try to fa­cil­i­tate easy rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of the var­i­ous foot­ball stake­hold­ers that have been hurt in past.

He noted that if the FIFA ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers fail to use the op­por­tu­nity of the visit to ad­dress the is­sues, the prob­lem fac­ing the coun­try’s foot­ball will con­tinue to linger.

Lulu also urged FIFA to ad­dress his case which has been on their ta­ble for the past six years.

“I filed a pe­ti­tion against FIFA and NFF in 2010 and was com­pelled to with­draw the case from CAS for proper rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. The in­ter­ven­tion was at the in­stance of CAF Pres­i­dent Issa Hay­a­tou, who I have a lot re­spect for.

“Yes, the NFF va­cated my im­peach­ment, but has re­fused to fa­cil­i­tate the with­drawal of the case from the court six years af­ter. This does not au­gur well for our foot­ball. There are also other par­ties that are not happy with the Fed­er­a­tion, and their cases should not be waved aside. If this is what the Fed­er­a­tion would be able to achieve from this visit, it would go along way in en­sur­ing the speedy de­vel­op­ment of the game in the coun­try,” Lulu said.

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