“I am appealing to all concerned to tow the line of reconciliation for the good of football in Nigeria.”
The National Women’s Football Coordinator, Aisha Falode, has said the way out of Nigeria’s recent suspension by FIFA is for all aggrieved parties to “tow the sober line”.
Speaking in Lagos on Tuesday, Ms. Falode, said she is concerned about the future of women’s football in the country, especially as the Canada 2015 U20 World Cup beckons with Nigeria as the big hope of Africa at the tournament.
“Yes, we can fight and disagree but I know that ultimately all of us are targeting the betterment of Nigerian football, hence I will appeal to all concerned, especially Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commissioner, Tammy Danagogo, those who went to court, especially Mrs. Baribote and others we may not know of, who are aggrieved to tow the sober line for the good of Nigerian football and Women’s football in particular”.
Ms. Falode, said she believes that the wide consultations that have been ongoing will also make world soccer governing body, FIFA, to treat Nigeria with a tender disposition.
“We have made gains of recent in Nigerian football and that is why I am appealing to all concerned to tow the line of reconciliation for the good of football in Nigeria. I know that the President of the Federal Republic is too busy with state matters but I will also appeal to him to use his good offices to call all concerned to sheathe their swords, we cannot be quarrelling with ourselves at the end of every World Cup year.”
“Alhaji Aminu Maigari may not be the best football administrator in the world but I think we should build on the gains of his very good reign for the future of the country and especially those of our youth,” she said.