The Nigerian Football Federation have hit back at critics who claim the current crop of board members are holding the national team back from their full potential.
The NFF have endured a fair share of criticism this year, most notably for the recent salary spat with coach Stephen Keshi, who had not be paid for several months.
Player bonus rows also threatened to derail the Super Eagles’ ambitions, with confusion over how much the squad members would be paid at the 2013 Confederations Cup having been blamed for the side’s early exit.
NFF director of competitions Mohammed Sanusi, though, believes it is absurd that the board have come under attack, given the fact Nigeria are heading to the 2014 World Cup finals as African champions, having lifted the AFCON title in February.
“The present NFF administration headed by Alhaji Aminu Maigari has achieved much more than any before it, ever since the NFF came into being as NFA, and this is a fact,” Sanusi declared.
“Records don’t lie. In three-and-half years, the administration has won 10 trophies, qualified Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup finals with ease and fostered better relationships with other agencies and Nigeria Missions abroad, as well as breaking new grounds in human capacity development and empowerment programmes.
“Those challenging the present NFF should first challenge themselves to make impact in their own areas of endeavor.”