The rate of increase in Sport Politics in recent years is really disturbing and it's now becoming a nuisance. We have had several cases of Sport Politics depriving Nigeria of sports talents in diaspora. During the just concluded Olympic games at Tokyo, There were a lot of Nigerian Athletes prevented from representing their countries because of adminstrative anomalies. We saw Athletes carry placards to show their disappointment in the Sports governing board which directly or indirectly affected Nigeria's position on the medal table.
The Super Eagles kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2 nil victory over Liberia last week through Kelechi Iheanacho's brace. Things could have easily different on Friday given the circumstances with which the game was staged. The game took place at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos and the pitch was in a physically poor condition and it was worsened by the constant downpour experienced in Lagos recently. The pitch was unattractive, slippery and the surroundings water logged.
The pitch condition was dangerous enough to make players sustain injuries, fortunately, that was not the case. Given that there are stadiums with a better quality such as the Nest of Champion, the NFF's reason for choosing Teslim Balogun can be questioned.
Leon Balogun revealed recently how the players were uncomfortable with choice of pitches by the NFF, he also mentioned unpaid allowances to which the NFF secretary, Mohamed Sanusi responded to but it seems the federation has done little or nothing to remediate the situation.
Understanding the financial crisis the nation is going through and the complications caused by COVID, it is reasonable enough to excuse the federation over unpaid allowances but each stadium has to go through proper scrutiny before approval. If the federation keeps making wrong decisions like this they might be screwing the players to struggle during games. If Teslim Balogun stadium must be used, then the government must be ready to invest in it to improve its quality.
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