Rufai: Crisis Won’t Help Nigerian Football

Rufai: Crisis Won’t Help Nigerian Football

–Ex-international wants final resolution to NFF tussle
By Bamidele Boluwaji:

Former Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Peter Rufia believes that only peaceful resolution to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF crisis can help the country to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Morocco.


Rufai who was not happy that Nigerian football has not moved from one spot since after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil said all the factions involved in the crisis should come together and find final solution to the crisis, saying Nigeria is well blessed with talents that can shake the world when it comes to football and should not have fallen so cheap to Congo last weekend.

“Let me thank the press for the way this situation has been managed and the role each of the faction involved in the crisis has agreed to play, we should all know that crisis cannot move the game forward and the earlier we realized the need to come together as one, the better for the game”, says the former footballer popularly called Dodomayana.


“We lost to Congo because of the crisis on ground but with the move being taken early in the week, I am sure that our football will be back to normal and everything will take shape again. We need to improve on what we achieved at the World Cup and qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations should not be a problem for the team.

Meanwhile, Rufai has called on all stakeholders in the round leather game to put the interest of the nation first in everything they do and make sure Nigerian football is stabilized.

“I can only beg people managing our football to put the interest of the nation first and work towards ensuring that Nigerian football achieves greater height. Without football, somebody like me would not have been known likewise many other people, so I am begging every stakeholder to please remember the youths that are involved in the game.

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