Nigerian Sports stakeholders reacts over Amokachi’s appointment as Buhari’s SA


Sports stakeholders have expressed different opinions on the appointment of former Super Eagles forward , Daniel Amokachi , as Special Assistant on Sports to the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ).

Amokachi ’ s appointment was announced in a press statement by the Media Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development on Thursday .

The letter titled , ‘ PMB appoints Amokachi Special Assistant , Sports ’ , was issued on August 17 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

The statement quoted the appointment letter as reading , “ I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari , President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports .

The appointment takes effect from August 11, 2020 . ”

Mutiu Adepoju , Amokachi ’ s former national teammate , described the appointment as good news for ex – footballers .

“ This is very positive news and I congratulate Amokachi for the appointment .

This is good for him as an individual and for us , ” Adepoju .

“ This is why we’ ve always called on footballers to add education to their profession , so we can have more opportunities after football. ”

Former Nigeria Taekwondo Federation president, George Ashiru , also applauded the appointment .

“ I see it as a positive move and a symbolic one by the President ; it encourages ex -internationals that even after they retire , the country still finds them useful because of their experience .

This will send a message to the youths that if they achieve something for the country, they will not be forgotten . ”

But sports journalist and administrator , Godwin Enakhena, questioned the appointment , saying it was not in the best interest of sports development in the country.

“ For me , it ’ s a waste of time .

This is not what we need to take sports out of where it is right now .

If Amokachi is good enough, let him be appointed as the sports minister .

Don’ t give a portfolio where he doesn ’ t have any control , ” Enakhena .

“ We know the problem in our country, sports is not taken seriously.

The question is, who will Amokachi report to ?

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Is it the sports minister or the President ?

“ Is (Sunday) Dare not reporting to the President as far as sports issues are concerned ?

I think there is no major responsibility attached to the portfolio . ”

Buhari had on February 13 , appointed Amokachi as the country’ s Football Ambassador .

Amokachi , a gold medallist at the Atlanta ‘ 96 Olympics , also won the 1994 and 2013 AFCON as player and assistant coach of the Eagles respectively .

An FA Cup winner with Everton (1995) , the ex – Club Brugge striker also holds the distinction of the first footballer – ever to score in the new – format UEFA Champions League in 1992 .

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