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Taribo: Corrupt NFF sinking football that unites Nigerians

  • Football is the only thing that unites Nigeria, but corrupt officials are killing the game, says Taribo West
  • Fighting the officials is unrealistic because they’ve paid everyone.
  • Ex-players are tired seeing what they’ve worked for go the drain

A crusade made up of some former Super Eagles players to fight against corrupt football administrators, Taribo bemused the current state of football in Nigeria

The 42 capped international, whilst admitting that the former players were tired of seeing football sinking in the country claimed football administrators had paid medium to which people can lodge a complaint.

“We’re tired of people stealing what we worked hard for,” the former AC Milan and Inter defender, as quoted by scorenigeria.

“Football brings everybody together especially when the national team is playing, then there is no Hausa, no Efik, no Yoruba. But today, Nigeria football is sinking, it’s almost dead.

“And there’s almost no place where you can talk against those managing football (in Nigeria) because they have paid everybody.”

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West a member of Nigeria’s historic 1996 Olympic football winning squad also bemoaned the treatment melted to the Golden Eaglet team that represented Nigeria at the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

The former defender, now turned pastor continued, “I was with the team before they travelled to Brazil and they did not have water to drink when they trained, no jerseys, no medical support,”

“If you wanted a jersey, you had to ask from the girlfriend of the NFF president. The corruption is just killing.”

Earlier this year, when there’s news of NFF officials planning to walk out Troost-Ekong from the national team, an outspoken Taribo claimed the Udinese defender could be a victim of not wanting to bow to extortion.

Taribo told Brila, “When they {NFF officials} come to ask for handouts {bribe} and you don’t give them, they could start a conspiracy against the player to get him sacked. It could be anything.”

Also jumping to the defence of Troost Ekong was John Ogu, who posited that allegations of unprofessionalism against Ekong were unfounded.

Ogu, then wrote on his Twitter page: “How people come up and talk negatively about a very decent and loyal player like
@WTroostEkong {Troost-Ekong} baffles me.

“This boy is one of the very respectable players in the team.”

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