NIGERIA Football Federation president Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has again given the assurance that his administration is working hard to take the game in the country to greater heights, while also building structures that will ensure improvement.
Gusau made this statement in Lagos today while on a visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of GIC Motor (distributors of GAC Motors in Nigeria), Chief Diane Chan. GAC is the automobile partner of the NFF.
“The present NFF administration will continue to fashion and implement policies that are targeted at re-engineering the Nigerian game, in order to pull it back to the top,” he said.
“The process requires a lot of hard work and focus and we are determined to do the needful.
“As we have enunciated now and again, the vision of this new team is to build our football from the grassroots with vigour and with a sense of purpose. We are putting the nuts and bolts together and very soon the drive will commence powerfully.
“Our national teams have been up there before and will be back at the very top sooner than later. This year, the Super Eagles, Super Falcons, Olympic Eagles, Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets have major tournaments at hand, and we are focused on preparing the teams adequately to get good results from their various engagements and tournaments.”
The Flying Eagles will participate in the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt from February 18 to March 12, while the Super Eagles have two crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Guinea Bissau (home and away) in March.
A place in top four in Egypt will land the Flying Eagles at the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals in Indonesia.
Also in March, the Olympic Eagles have a final qualifying fixture against Guinea for the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations taking place in Morocco later in the year, and at which Africa’s representatives at next year’s Olympic Men’s Football Tournament will emerge.
In April, the Golden Eaglets will participate in the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Algeria, with a place in the top four ensuring that the five-time champions will be part of the FIFA U+17 World Cup finals in Peru later in the year.
The Super Falcons, heading to the four-nation Revelation Cup tournament in Mexico next month, will be part of the biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup ever, when 32 teams gather in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20.