The Guild of Sports Editors in Nigeria have demanded for the resignation of the members of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) following the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
According to Daily Trust, the umbrella body of managers of sports in the country’s major media organisations said the board members would be doing the nation great injustice, if they continued to misdirect Nigerian football after last Tuesday’s misadventure.
In a statement signed by the guild’s Vice President, Adekunle Salami, the editors described the decision to sack members of Super Eagles’ technical crew as diversionary, adding that Nigerian football needed a clean break from the malaise of the last eight years.
“Nigerian football is bigger than any individual and should not be tied to the fortunes of anybody.
“The leadership of the current NFF has ridden on the back of Nigerian football to get to top positions in world football governing body, FIFA, to the detriment of the game.
“Nigerian football now needs total overhaul, from the lowest league to the national team and that can only happen when patriotic individuals, not self-seekers, are given the opportunity to manage the game.
“We call on the National Assembly, federal government, and especially, sports minister, Sunday Dare, to begin the process of cleansing the football house.
“Tuesday’s failure is a one of the results of poor decision making, dishonest deployment of men and materials, as well as avarice that have eaten deep into the fabrics of the NFF.
“We ask, therefore, that every executive member of the federation should resign honourably.”
The guild also recalls that the Algeria Football Federation (AFF) president Sharafeddine Emara resigned after his country failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup following the 2-1 defeat suffered against Cameroon at home last week.