AHEAD NSF  EDO  2020, NIGERIA RUGBY  IN DISARRAY

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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji.

Prior to the commencement of the 20th edition of the much awaited National Sports festival, NSF, tagged Edo 2020, Nigeria Rugby Football  Federation , NRB is engulfed in internal crisis , our correspondent reports.

The meeting of the federation  slated for Saturday 27t March  to deliberate on  technical matters  hinging on NSF rugby event ended in outburst.

Our checks revealed that the  meeting of the board which was  earlier scheduled to be held last Friday could not be  held due to unexplained  hitches.

A member of the board, who spoke under the condition of anonymity , confirmed the  unhealthy situation in the board.

The impeccable source said “ there is disharmony in our board,  we were summoned to hold  a zoom meeting  on Friday , at the  instance  of the  director prgrammes, ministry of youths and sports,(name witheld)the meeting did  not hold because the notice served was too  short, we adjourned to the next day been Saturday.

“on Saturday by 12pm as agreed the previous day, our president Kelechi Mbagu and other executive members joined the zoom link, it was very embarrassing the director  in the ministry of sports , who summoned the meeting did not join the meeting, rather he sent  in an excuse, that he was assigned to attend to another issue  by the minister of youths and sports Sunday Dare, we all  got angry and  stormed out of the meeting.

Te source fyurter said “Nigerians ned to know tat something funny is  appeing in rugby, te wole crisi is all about the crisis surrpunding  wo is te genuine of te ione time technical director  of te board.”

It will be recalled tat prior to te cancellation of te fiesta in marc 2020, it was reported tat the banal trade in fake/black  medals that is commonly  attributed to major sporting events would not be immune  at the forth coming  2020 edition of Nigeria’s largest sports fiesta, National Sports Festival, (NSF)investigations had revealed.

Checks had revealed that plots have thickened to unleash the usual strategy  that is applied to invoke medals in favor of highest  bidders.

In the fore front of the alleged Edo 2020 medal black market is the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation(NRFF).

Our correspondent gathered that deliberations are ongoing amongst concerned stakeholders, whose states have qualified to compete in rugby, with the subtle threat that they may opt out of the festival.

One of the officials who also spoke under the condition of anonymity simply said “we may not go to Edo with our rugby team, no need to spend our money take the team to Edo, only to be robbed of our chances.”

“before our going to Edo, someone has already decided who takes the medals, why bother, why waste our time and resources, what is going on will continue to destroy our sports and no body seem to bother about the mess that is evident everywhere.” our source decried.

 

Efforts then to get the President Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF)Kelechi Mbagwu  to respond to the allegations raised also failed, calls put across to his mobile phone ( number witheld)

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