Senate President David Mark Thursday tasked the Super Eagles of Nigeria to restore the nation’s pride as the reigning African champions by defeating Sudan in tomorrow’s qualifier match in Khartoum.
Mark gave this charge while receiving the new leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Amaju Pinnick along with the Director General of National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye, in Abuja.
He argued that only an emphatic win over Sudan would assuage Nigerians’ disappointments in the Super Eagles following their 3-2 loss to Congo in Calabar last month.
According to Mark, the new NFF must rise up to the challenge of improving football administration in Nigeria, saying though Pinnick’s predecessors did their best, he must “improve on their records and bring our footfall to an enviable position in the world.”
He advised the new NFF executive to develop a system of early preparation for competitions and as well cultivate the habit of grooming young players to maturity, adding: “We have all the potentials and talents. We need to tap and harness them.”
He lamented the incessant rancor amongst sports administrators and urged the new NFF leadership to work together as a team and ensure that all stakeholders are carried along in a manner that everyone is given a sense of belonging.
He also advocated the need to promote transparency and accountability in football administration, insisting that tenets of rule of law must be upheld at all times.
Earlier, the new NFF boss had assured Mark that he would run the Federation in a way that pride and honour would be brought to all Nigerians.
He boasted of his administration’s preparedness to redefine football administration in Nigeria with strict adherence to international best practices which he said would ultimately bring pride to all Nigerians.
“My roadmap towards improving soccer administration is very clear. It is a road map that is result-oriented. It is a new dawn in sports administration. By the time we give our report card, Nigerians would be proud of what we have done,” he boasted.