"Eagles' Victory Shouldn't Deceive Nigerians"

Former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima has said even as Nigerians are still basking in the euphoria of Super Eagles victory in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, nobody should be deceived that all is well with Nigerian football.

"Eagles' Victory Shouldn't Deceive Nigerians"

The astute football administrator joined other Nigerians in congratulating the Eagles on their marvellous performance in South Africa as he said the players deserve to be commended.

Galadima, however, said despite the victory, Nigerians should not be deceived into believing that all is well with the country's number one sport as he maintained that the problems which hindered the progress of the game have not been solved.

He said after the celebration, those saddled with the responsibility of administering football in the country must sit down and try to find lasting solutions to the problems or else the victory in South Africa will be a flash in the pan.

Galadima also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to vigorously pursue his earlier plans to rejuvenate sports in the country noting that it is only when there is sufficient support from the government that sports would get the enabling environment to thrive.

His words: "I want to congratulate the Super Eagles for this victory. Even though nobody gave them a chance, by the special grace of God, they were able to win the trophy. They have brought joy to the hearts of millions of Nigerians.

"Even as we celebrate this important victory, nobody should be deceived that all is well with Nigerian football. The problems that have bedevilled our football are still there and unless those responsible for running the game find lasting solutions, our achievement in South Africa will take us nowhere.

"It is in this regard that I want to call on Mr. President to take pragmatic steps towards rejuvenating sports as he promised. If you remember, immediately after our woeful performance at the 2012 London Olympics, President Jonathan convened a national summit on sports. He will do well, if sports is given priority attention in his transformation agenda," Galadima advised.

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