Thursday, November 28, 2013
Brazil: Blatter sends message to Nigeria
of FIFA President, Sepp Blatter and CAF President Isa Hayatou to the
General Congress of the FA yesterday.
Amanze, a member of FIFA Statutes Committee and who is well respected
for his knowledge of the game, delivered goodwill messages from
Hayatou and Blatter to the packed-full congress. His gesticulation
and manner of delivery excited the delegates.
Amanze said that Blatter recalled the drama at the VIP box in China
during the Olympics soccer semi final event between Nigeria and
Belgium. Hayatou, the CAF President and Michel Platini, the UEFA
President, were seated for the game and before Blatter boasted so much
about the outcome that they challenged each other with a betting on
who will win.
Hayatou boasted about Africa's representative Nigeria and Platini gave
the match to Belgium. Blatter was not only a witness but also the
arbiter in the betting. When Nigeria scored the first goal, Hayatou
moved over to Platini and said "I told you! Second goal came, he moved
over and said "I told you."
When Nigeria scored the fourth goal, Hayatou yelled to Platini, "it is
finished." Blatter, according to Uchegbulam recalled that drama and
said they should tell the delegates to ensure that Eagles do well in
the World Cup so that they can all recall the China drama.
Amanze recalled that the message to Nigeria in 2011 Congress was for
peace to reign in our football, following the many litigations that
the NFF was going through. In Port Harcourt in the last Congress,
peace had returned.
Then Amanze said that "this year the result of peace could be seen in
the achievement recorded in the Nation Cup victory, world Cup
qualification and the U-17 victory in UAE.
In his own remarks, NFF President, Aminu Maigari reeled out all the
achievements and said that the ultimate for his board was to go to
Brazil and put up a performance that no other Africa country has been
able to achieve in the World Cup. And that would mean going beyond the
Meanwhile, in the charity match, Enyimba defeated Kano Pillars 2-0.