Three months after the inauguration of the Toro committee designed to oversee the restructuring of Nigerian football and proffer ways for progress, the board of the nation’s apex football ruling body, quietly scuttled the activities of this committee headed by former Secretary – General of the NFA, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro.
Inside sources close to the NFF squealed that, “the decision to do away with the committee stems from perceived personal differences between the President of the Federation, Aminu Maigari and the head of the committee, Sani Ahmed Toro over claims that the former member of the House of Representatives is taking shine – off the board.
The NFF President was not comfortable with the positive image and comments the committee got from a section of the critical media when they released their website.
Another sin of Toro is the comments credited to him in Lagos during one of their sitting, where he allegedly indicted the present board over the way and manner they currently handle football administration in the country.
Our source further hinted that since then, things have not gone down well with the duo, as mutual suspicion existed between them.
Toro and Maigari, both from Bauchi state are said to still be nursing animosity from the last NFF election. Though, mutual friends had tried to mediate to no avail. Ironically, their family relationship is very tight.
Maigari was quoted to have told some of his close confidants in the Glass House that his decision to appoint Toro to head the committee was designed to rehabilitate him, not that he knows too much of what the Nigerian press claims he knew, adding that he (Maigari) is better qualified and positioned than him (Toro).
The sources further quoted the NFF boss to have said that Toro was privileged to be there at that time much was achieved in Nigerian football, otherwise what does he know about the administration of the round leather game?
The committee was starved of funds to carry out the tasks given to them. The entire budget submitted had been tactically dodged by the NFF board, to the extent that the committee was managed from contributions from members. That was the strategy used by the NFF to cripple its activities.
The NFF source said, the NFF Board felt that the demands of the committee were becoming overbearing; I don’t think we can cope with this for so long anymore. So the best thing the chairman did was to quietly ask them to go, by denying them of funds. This is the only sign, to make them pack up their activities.
It will be recalled that the decision to set up the committee stems from the partial indictment handed over the board by the congress, in their last meeting, following the dismal performance of the national teams in both continental and global competitions.
The NFF was asked to explore other ideas on how best to develop the nation’s football, since all indices appear to point to the fact that they have ran out of ideas on what to do.
The committee’s composition received a blow following the dramatic pull out of Mumini Alao, the Managing Director of Complete Sport who refused to be dragged into the Committee, many had alleged was nothing but a window dressing, designed to buy credibility for the embattled board then
For the past three days, Toro’s phone had been off. A friend of his said he was on lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia. Maigari could be reached for comments on the matter.
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