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Politics destroying Nigerian football, says Akpoborie

SUPER Eagles’ former striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, says political interference in the administration of football is one of the major problems limiting the development of the game in the country.
With the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) seemingly being handicapped to take any decisive action on out-of-contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, Akpoborie says the development is unfortunate, adding, however, that the NFF may have been the reason for its own problems.
Akpoborie says he doesn’t feel sorry for the NFF, believing the way they came into office may have contributed to their problems, as it seems, adding they will have to deal with the problems.
Akpoborie told SL10.ng, “I wouldn’t say I want to be sorry for the guys at the NFF because in getting into office, they used the political power that they have to get into the office, so it is something they have to deal with.”
The former Wolfsburg of Germany striker also points out politics as one of the reasons for the problems that is currently plaguing Nigerian football, adding that politics will have to be separated from football just like it’s done in better Europe.
“Whenever we draw up a football plan, you see politics coming to disrupt these plans and we have to understand that politics is destroying Nigerian football. We have to separate football from politics, just like it is done in Europe,” Akpoborie stated.

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