Nigeria’s President suspends the national football team
Because of the poor performance the team showed at the World Cup tournament, Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the national football team for two years in order to reorganize its activity. President’s communications adviser said: “Mr. President has directed that Nigeria will withdraw from all international football competition for the next two years to enable Nigeria to reorganize its football. This directive became necessary following Nigeria’s poor performance in the ongoing FIFA World Cup.” Even more than that, Ima Niboro adviser declared that also the accounts of country’s World Cup committee will be verified: „If any financial misappropriation is discovered, all officials responsible will be held accountable.
The problem of Nigerian football is structural. We need to reorganize the structures and there is need to withdraw from all international football competition so that we can put our house in order.”
Shocked by President’s decision, many fans declared themselves unhappy with the decision, most of them thinking that it’s just a matter of political points, one answering: “Sounds to me like the president is trying to score cheap political points … the next major international competition is two years away anyway.” Indeed, the Nigerian team didn’t do pretty good performance at the tournament in South Africa, ending on the last place in group B with only one point gained in a 2-2 draw against Korea Republic in their last game.11