Leadership (Abuja)

23 February 2013

Nigeria: How to Win More Trophies - Adamu

Nigeria Football Federation executive committee board member, Dr. Shehu Adamu has pointed the way forward as to how the recent success of the Super Eagleswhich won the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa can be sustained. Speaking shortly after the team's victory, he said the only way to sustain the victory is for all involved be up to their duties.

He said it is a complete chain that involves the players, coaches administrators and technical officials. "I tell you the truth, the way to sustain this success is simple but it has been made complex by some persons. What we have witnessed by the Eagles can be sustained through collective effort. It is a chain work that involves all and everyone involved in the chain must play his or her own part in order to achieve more success.

The players must show commitment and discipline, the coaches must be sincere in their choice of players by picking the right players not out of sentiments and the administrators must also allow the coaches and technical crew work. If the coaches are sincere and pick the right players and the players exhibit the right mentality and discipline with the administrators granting the enabling environment, this can be sustained."

The football administrator said he was one of the few who believed the Super Eagles could win the Nations Cup even though it seemed at first they were not going to make it. "When we managed to qualify to the knock out stage, and Nigerians felt it was over especially after we were paired against Cote d'Ivoire, I believed we will create an upset and reach the semis. We visited the players and urged them to up their game and leave our own aspect to us.

And the rest is history. Now that we have put behind us the AFCON experience, to ensure that we maintain the tempo and do well in Confederation Cup and World Cup qualifiers, authorities concerned must brace up. Monies should be made available as at when due for early preparation so that organization will be smooth." He told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS.

Hon Suleiman Kwande, also an executive board member a member House Committee on sports advised that holding onto funds meant for the national team could be counter- productive as players are always sensitive when it comes to their allowances.

"Authorities concerned must be very careful because any attempt to tamper with it will not be good. I think we should be allowed to do our job and what we are supposed to do because we were elected not appointed to represent different zones and to take decisions on behalf of Nigerians. If we make mistakes we will be voted out. We are getting some successes and they should let us do our job while they perform their oversight functions."

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