Ex-NFF chief slams state of Nigerian sport

Former head of the Nigeria Football Federation, Anthony Kojo Williams, believes the poor state of many of the nation’s sport codes is down to government mismanagement.

Although the current position of the Super Eagles is seemingly positive given that the side enjoy a healthy lead in their group in World Cup qualifying, a recent home defeat to Bafana Bafana in AFCON qualifying shook confidence levels.

In addition, Nigeria’s Athletics team reportedly performed woefully at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, prompting a strong reaction from the former chief of the NFF.

He told Vanguard, “As long as the government runs sports in our country, I do not see any hope of growth. Even when government was pumping so much money into our sports, it was never well used.

“It only benefited a few, while the main athletes, whose careers depended on it, were left to rot in penury. We all know that even when our economy was booming that our sector was the last to get government funding. Now that things are tough, sports will suffer more.”

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