NFF secretary-general, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has insisted that the nation’s football governing body remained focused and determined to take Nigeria football to new heights, in spite of a number of financial challenges it has.
The seasoned administrator, who celebrated his 10-month in office as the scribe of the NFF, on Monday, said: “Though the road has been a little rough, our uttermost determination and commitment to foisting a new, brilliant dawn on Nigeria football remains unshaken.”
Sanusi, who has been with the NFF to receive a number of trophies and epoch-making moments – the African Youth Championship, the FIFA U-17 World Cup and Africa U-23 Cup of Nations, the U-23 team’s trophy at the u-23 AFCON and ticket to the Olympics, the U-23 team’s bronze medal at the All Africa Games, the Super Eagles B’s qualification for the African Nations Championship, the U-20 girls’ qualification for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the Super Eagles progress in the 2018 FIFA World Cup race – said: “We have had so much to celebrate, thanks be to God Almighty. But we have also had a lot of challenges along the way.
“Most of the challenges have been financial. We have had relative peace to do our work, and everyone knows that peace facilitates progress.
Sanusi explained that the need to increase revenue streams informed the NFF’s aggressive marketing approach and initiatives to attract corporate support.
“We cannot sit down and expect government to do everything; that would be unwise. The NFF has gone into serious marketing in order to relieve government of some of these responsibilities. The road may be rough, but we have robust determination and are well –prepared to confront and conquer all challenges.”