Ex-international, Etim Esin, has warned all the gladiators in the Nigeria Football Federation’s crisis, to find a lasting solution to the problem so as not to destroy the country’s football. Speaking with New Telegraph at the weekend, Esin said football and the youth would be the greatest loser if the crisis continue. According to him, anyone interested in leading the NFF should go to the poll and contest instead of causing trouble that might lead to FIFA banning Nigeria.
“We don’t need all these drama now, the election is just around the corner, why are we like this in this country,” he said.
“Politics is drama in Nigeria, sports is drama, football also drama, let whoever feel he has what it takes to rule wait for the elections in September, let them go and test their might at the poll. “(Amaju) Pinnick has done his job and already finish, so why not let everyone come together and move football forward. Our football doesn’t need this at this moment.”
Meanwhile, the former junior international has called for total concentration ahead of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles also in September. He told our correspondent that after missing out from the last two Nations Cup championships, there was need to make it to Cameroon next year. He added that now that the World Cup was over, the next thing should be how to qualify and perform well in AFCON. Esin said: “All the emphasis has been on the World Cup, now that it is done and dusted, we need to face the new phase which is to find a way of qualifying for AFCON.
“We failed to qualify for the last two editions, it is important we make it this edition. We should not forget that we already boxed ourselves into a tight corner after losing the first game against South Africa at home, we have to win all our remaining games starting from the next one against Seychelles.