Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari, is optimistic that Nigerian sports, particularly football will enjoy a good run in 2017.
The year 2016 was no doubt a difficult one for Nigerian sports as the country recorded a woeful outing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Janeiro, Brazil, winning just a bronze medal, in the men’s football event.
Apart from the Super Falcons victory in football at the 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), all the other Nigerian teams at the various continental and world championships recorded failures.
Alhaji Maigari, who spoke with The AUTHORITY, admits that 2016 was a rough year for Nigerian sports but 2017 will bring smiles on the faces of Nigerians, particularly in football.
“Sports will come back to live and off course, part of it is sometimes you smile, sometimes you don’t. So by God’s will 2017 is a year Nigerian people will smile, especially in the area of sports and in particular football,” he said.
Alhaji Maigari, however, advised the various sporting federations to see unity as one of the key to achieving success.
“It’s about unity. Whatever one does if you don’t unite it’s going to be a shamble but when we work together and united, we achieve good results,” he added.