Maigari says Nigerian National teams did well in 2012.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Aminu Maigari, on Thursday said that the outgoing year was a good one for the country’s football.
He said that the country’s national teams were able to qualify for all the international competitions they had prepared for.
“This is a very good year for the NFA and for the football family because we have achieved so much in qualifying for different competitions.
“We had at least four Nigeria Premier League clubs that played continental matches and all the teams performed well,” he said.
Mr. Maigari said that they had had to contend with numerous issues when they first came into office in 2010.
“We could not qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and our football lagged behind, but we were able to overcome all our challenges.
“That was why we brought in a new coach to come and man the Super Eagles, like most countries did, to rebuild and I think it’s been good so far,” he said.
He described the peace that is currently reigning in the affairs of the glass house as his greatest achievement, considering the crises they met on ground.
“We had started this administration on a very rough note, taking the NFF to court became the norm for our antagonists, but we have put all that behind us now.
“One must start by thanking God because of the sanity and peace flowing within the family, one will ever remain grateful to the Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Ayim Pius Ayim.
“Our collaboration with the Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) also helped to stabilise things; that is one of our biggest achievements, thus far,” he added.
Mr. Maigari also said that he intended to meet with Coach Stephen Keshi to ensure that necessary steps are taken to ensure a good outing for the team at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
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