Sports Minister and Chairman National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has commended President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his timely intervention in the crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation which he said will be resolved before the expiration of the deadline given by FIFA to avoid its hammer falling on the country.
The minister said during the beginning of the retreat for the President Cup which he declared open in Abuja yesterday that the interest of the president in the sport which unifies the country led to the invitation of the warring factions in the NFF for a truce meeting which would lead to true reconciliation of the parties.
“I can assure you that Nigerians will heave a sigh of relief as the president, who is a strong supporter of our national teams met with the warring parties and everything to ensure that Nigeria is not banned by FIFA will be done”, Dr. Danagogo said to a resounding applause from the audience at the ceremony at the Media Centre of the Abuja National Stadium.
On the President Cup which is aimed at scouting for young football talents in the country, the minister reaffirmed his call on the committee to do a painstaking job by combing all the nooks and crannies of the country to fish out the talents, as he commended all the ex internationals who are part of the committee for being part of the programme.
Present at the ceremony were the representatives of the Minister of Youth Development and the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, the Director General of the National Sports Commission, NSC, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, NSC Director of Grassroots DEvelopment, Mallam Alhassan Yakmut who is also Chairman of the President Cup Organising Committee as well as former Super Eagles players like Peter Rufai, Taribo West and Tijani Babaginda.