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Ensure present NFF executive committee steps aside, ex-DOS urges Sports Minister

Sunday Dare

Minister of Sports Sunday Dare

By Olawale Alabi

A former Director of Sports in Katsina State, Aliyu Kofar-Soro, has urged the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, to take urgent steps to save football in Nigeria.

Kofar-Soro told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja that the football sport needed Dare’s urgent intervention in order to save it from a collapse.

He said it was important to do so now that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the minister the approval to implement the 10-year Football Development Master Plan.

”Since he (Dare) already has the go-ahead from Mr President to implement the 10-year Football Development Masterplan in the country, he should kindly take immediate steps to save our football from total collapse,” Kofar-Soro said.

He added that the only way to save the game is for the Minister to ensure that the present executive committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) stepped aside.

”The Executive Committee and its members have to leave, just as the federation’s President, Amaju Pinnick, did,” the former Director of Sports said.

He stated that failure of the executive committee to leave would be a sign that Nigerian foot ball is on a time bomb.

Kofar-Soro, who is a retired football referee and Match Commissioner, said doing as demanded would ensure that the Minister would be leaving behind a legacy whenever he was leaving office.

”You (Dare) have to do this so that Nigerians will for ever remember you.”

The former Katsina State Director of Sports also advised that the NFF Statutes needed to be amended before the forthcoming elections.

NAN reports that elections into the NFF Executive Committee have been slated for Sept. 30 in Benin.

“We have one million and one Nigerians that can move the game of football forward. Nigerians are tired of the present executive committee.

“Please, Honourable Minister, rescue us from untimely death that can arise as a result of the high blood pressure and cardiac arrest that can afflict us as a result of the maladministration we are presently seeing,” Kofar-Soro said. (NAN)(

Edited by Olawale Alabi

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