By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former executive committee member of CAF and FIFA, Amos Adamu has roundly criticized the row between the leadership of the NFF, Stephen Keshi and Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama, describing the controversies as a distraction to the national team, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Adamu, a member of the CAF’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Committee, spoke exclusively to Completesportsnigeria.com on Sunday about the knotty issues.
“The problems between the NFF, Keshi and Enyeama are unnecessary distraction. The Eagles are in the midst of a 2017 AFCON qualification campaign and that could be detrimental to the team’s chances,” Adamu warned.
“I don’t think all parties involved should have made big noise about these things. They shouldn’t have been a media thing.
“Firstly, in the case of Enyeama, he said he instantly apologised for the comments he made about the security situation in Kaduna. If Enyeama has apologised for what he said, why serve him a query again. The point is why not forgive him after the apology and move on.
“These players live abroad and its all about the perception that they have about what is happening at home.
“Most parts of northern Nigeria are known to have been ravaged by the insurgents. However, Enyeama shouldn’t have still gone ahead to say Kaduna wasn’t safe after they had played against Chad in the AFCON qualifier and all left peacefully. If someone tells you Maiduguri is unsafe for you and you go there and return safely, won’t you begin to have a rethink about what you’ve been hearing,” Adamu wondered.
Speaking on the reported application for the coaching job of the Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire by Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, Adamu explained that Keshi may not be culpable for a breach of contract.
“If another country, and specifically Cote d’ Ivoire, wants Nigeria’s national team coach, it means we have what other countries are looking for. Keshi won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 as the coach of Nigeria.
“The question is: Did Keshi apply for the national team coaching job of Cote d’ Ivoire before now? Maybe he applied before the NFF reappointed him as Super Eagles chief coach, if not it doesn’t make any sense and it should be condemned.
“It’s a norm for FAs to shortlist coaches for their national teams but if Keshi applied after getting the Super Eagles job, then he’s at fault in this circumstance,” Adamu told
However, Adamu declined to speak about Africa’s support for the embattled FIFA President, Sepp Blatter.
FIFA is currently being investigated by the USA Justice Department as well as the Swiss government for corruption charges, though Blatter enjoys the support of the Confederation of African Football despite his recent decision to step down from his position.
“No comment. I’ll speak with you some other time, take care,” he responded tartly to question concerning Blatter and FIFA.