AFCON 2015: NASS to probe Super Eagles failure

super_eaglesThe House of Representatives Committee on Sports and the Senate, have finalized arrangements to summon the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to explain the circumstances surrounding the failure of the Super Eagles to pick the ticket to the Equatorial Guinea 2015 Africa Nations Cup tournament.

Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Alli Gaiya, in a telephone chat with SoccerStar in Abuja, said his committee was just waiting for the approval of the Speaker of the House, Hon Aminu Tambuwal, to fix a date for what he called a sports retreat to review the 2014 sports year.

While describing the 2014 football year as unimpressive, Hon Gaiya argued that though the Super Falcons did the country proud with the winning of the AWC trophy, the failure of the Super Eagles, to defend the AFCON trophy won in South Africa crowned the year as a monumental failure.

“There are so many things before the Committee on Sports of the National Assembly requiring reviews. We have to look into how the previous budget has performed and whether it conformed with executive approvals. We are also looking at the possibility of organising a retreat to look into the problems that has bedeviled our football that resulted in Nigeria failing to qualify to the 2015 AFCON.

“Every arrangement towards that has been concluded, we are only awaiting the approval of the Speaker of the House. We are going to invite the Sports ministry, the agencies under the ministry to also look into the 2015 annual budget. We are also going to embark on oversight function to know the extent of implementations of the capital projects captured in the 2014 budget.

“I cannot give you a definite date on when this will take effect because we are in an election year and it is subject to the approval of my boss.

However, we are certainly going to invite the football federation and other stakeholders to x-Ray the performance of the Super Eagles and what led to their failure to qualify for the tournament. All are geared towards ensuring that we don’t fail again,” he said.

Asked to review the 2014 football year, Hon Gaiya said: “The year is not a good one for Nigeria because it would have been better and I am not taking away the victory of our girls. But, we all know the Super Eagles, the biggest soccer brand in Nigeria, failed.

“The performance of the Super Eagles always affects the ratings of all the other national teams. For the singular fact that we were unable to qualify as defending champions was a very big minus for Nigerian football,” he quipped.

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