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 I’m disappointed with the latest FIFA ranking says Maigari; Insists: Team selection must be on merit 

Alhaji Aminu Maigari

From: Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi

Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari has expressed disappointment over the latest FIFA ranking where the Super Eagles dropped one position from 35 to 36.

Aminu Maigari disclosed  this last weekend in his residence in Bauchi state  while  speaking to Sports journalists after the visit of former Super Eagles midfielder, Emmanuel Amunike, stressing that what we have now is not the Nigeria football he knew  where footballers played with passion and patriotism.

Speaking on the National teams, he said the Federal Government  needs to restructure the entire National  football teams so that they can be united in playing, adding  that  the Federation also needs to start from the scratch so that it will bring the best out of them.

According  to him, “we are blessed  with many good players in the country.  I don’t know whether the coaches don’t do the right selection, or it is the officiating.  And the government funds the association very well, so something is fishy somehow, somewhere.”

He added, ” we have  talented players in this  country, if you go to every state in the country, you will meet a good Nigeria team that can play very well.”

The immediate past President said players should be called up on merit without them having to give bribes.” When I was the President of NFF, Emmanuel Amunike my son was one player that was called up on merit. He never gave one naira to anybody before he was called into the national team and almost everybody during his squad too did not bribe their way to be in the team but today look at what is happening under 17 0, under 20 0 and Super Eagles  0, both male and female. We need to do something about it.”

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