Adamu cautions sports administrators against high-handedness

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ABUJA – Dr Amos Adamu, a former FIFA and CAF executive , has advised sports administrators be high-handed in tackling sports matters.

Adamu, spoke newsmen Saturday in Abuja, after FIFA lifted the ban it slammed , said the ban would have been avoided if for the ego some football administrators.

A Plateau State High had issued an order, restraining the Aminu Maigari-led board Football Association (NFA) from functioning, which necessitated the ban by FIFA.

Amos said the suspension would have been avoided if for ego, but expressed delight that FIFA lifted the ban.

“I am very happy that this suspension is over and we should not always allow get this level.

“I want to advise the board the NFA to see football as a family sports; matter what challenges we have, we can always sit down and resolve them.


“When you give somebody a ban of 10 years, you should expect him to react and you should consider the offence the person has committed.

“You should also consider if the person has 10 more years to be in football.

“So, you give punishments that are commensurate to offence; and when you do the wrong thing and you are punished, you have to accept responsibility for what you have done,’’ Adamu said.

He said that individuals should be encouraged to part in the development of football in the country.

Adamu, was also a former  Director-General of National Sports Commission (NSC),  football stakeholders to always follow the rules guiding football to avoid negative consequences.

“We have the statutes of FIFA. Let everybody work within those rules. We should not be having with our football every three or four years.

“What FIFA is saying is that you have accepted to be a and you know what their rules are,’’ he said.

Adamu said that should always endeavour to follow the rules laid down by FIFA.(NAN)