The President of Nigerian Football Coaches Association (NFCA), Ladan Bosso says critics would not distract the body from fulfilling its obligations to Nigerians, just as he condemned in strong words a statement credited to the former chairman of Gombe State Football Association, Ahmed Shaibu Gara-Gombe.
Gara-Gombe was said to have accused the leadership of NFCA of not knowing its right and responsibility, and also described its president as ‘a stooge.’ Gombe allegedly spoke with journalists while advising U.S.-based President of Football Coaches Association of African Nations, Dr Terry Babatunde Eguaoje, not to accept a purported offer from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to serve as its consultant for coaches.
In a statement yesterday, the National Public Relations Officer of NFCA, coach Etta Egbe described Gara-Gombe’s assertion as ‘childish, uninformed, misleading and slanderous.’
Egbe challenged the former Gombe FA boss to a public debate on the achievements of Bosso as the NFCA boss, saying: “He would be ashamed of his malicious disposition.”
The NFCA spokesman further stated that while Gombe had the right to advise their president, “he has no moral justification to label our democratically elected President a stooge.”
Egbe added: “We have known Gara-Gombe for a while now, and have followed his track record. He craves undue attention even where he is not, but this time, he has touched the tail of a lion and will bear the consequence.”
“The leadership of NFCA has contacted our lawyers for appropriate action against Mr Gara-Gombe, if he fails to withdraw his statement against the association and our president within three days.”
He continues: “I want to put it on record that the new EXCO led by Ladan Bosso has done well by way of remarkable achievements, including acquiring an office apartment for the day-to-day running of the association. The coaches body, which had been operating illegally is now a legally registered body with the CAC.”
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