The Nigeria Football Federation has called on Nigerians and all persons involved in Nigerian football to exercise caution in their actions and reactions to enable the Super Eagles focus on the objective of the World Cup.
Vice President of the NFF, Barr Seyi Akinwunmi, in company with the Chairman and vice of the NFF Media Committee, Hon Yahaya Kwande and Aisha Falode, made the call Tuesday afternoon in an interaction session with the Nigerian media in St Petersburg.
In the disappointment of the Super Eagles loss to Croatia, there have been various suggestions of conflict in the media, including insinuations that there is conflict among board members of the NFF and also that the Minister of Sports was about to be ejected from his hotel, deliberate falsehoods which he observed do not serve well in the interest of the team and the nation.
“It appears that some people are eagerly looking for stories that can cause disaffection. How can anyone suggest that our minister of sports can be ejected from his hotel? If so, how can I be here?”
“People Are also mixing a lot of extraneous issues with the objective of the World Cup but it is important that we separate the issues and focus on why we are in Russia.
It is not true that there is conflict among board members. We are not here for elections. Even at that, the election is not held here. We are not in Russia Federation. We when we get home we deal with those and whatever issues. Sometimes I feel like the NFF election should be removed from the World Cup year. Let us concentrate on giving our team total support. That is why we are here and focus is especially important at this time.”