NFF, Keshi Shocked By Eagles’ Abandonment Story

Media Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Chief Emeka Inyama and Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi said they are surprised to hear a story in a national daily, claiming that the Super Eagles were abandoned before their CHAN quarter final match.
The report had it that the Eagles were abandoned by the Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdulahi, NFF Presient, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and the leadership of the football body, before the third place match against Zimbabwe last Saturday in South Africa.
Inyama said the report was not only a calculated mischief by the reporter, but one designed to downplay the huge impact the Super Eagles made at their maiden outing at the African Nations Championship, CHAN.
“I am shocked to read such a report from a respected medium, that should know better, because the Sports Minister, in the company of the NFF President did not only host the team in Bloemfontein, but also redeemed his pledge to the team. Even when the team did not win against Ghana, the minister gave the $100,000 amount he promised for a win because he was impressed by the team. Does that translate to abandonment?, he asked rhetorically.
The former Editor-in-Chief of SportsLink and former Abia State Sports Commissioner, further declared that NFF President, Aminu Maigari has been with the team for nearly all of the tourney and was addressing the team regularly, which was widely reported in the media. Inyama added that it was shocking that a newspaper will at the end of the championship, now report that the team was abandoned by very responsible public office holders.
“We hope this rather tragic report is withdrawn by those concerned in the interest of sports growth”, he declared.
On his part, Keshi, who spoke through the Eagles’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, said he does not understand what the paper report meant by using the word ‘abandoned’, because the Sports Minister, NFF President and several top members of the sports fraternity were with the team throughout the duration of the tournament.
“We may not have seen much of the Supporters Club in the third place but the Minster and NFF were always with the team throughout the tournament”.
He added that the Minister and the NFF President even addressed the team in a widely publicized event, wondering what the team needed to reach their goals in major competitions.
“I was shocked when I read the story and I think we should always respect those in authority without blackmailing them”, Keshi said.

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