- A report on social media reveals that former Super Eagles player and coach, Daniel Amokachi has expressed his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election. In a post from a certain Muhammed Abubakar S. on Twitter, it is alleged that the former Everton and Besiktas striker has donated his house along Rana Road in Kaduna as his contribution to the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 elections.
This comes on the heel of a report two years ago where Amokachi, who was not only a great player with the Super Eagles in his days but has had a stint as a coach with some national teams, the U-23 and the Super Eagles as assistant to the late Stephen Keshi, joined forces with a coalition of Civil Societies Organisations operating under the aegis of National Support Group for good Governance to protest against corruption in the country.
“Corruption has invaded sports so deeply that even in FIFA headquarters in Zurich, we saw how the world stood up and said “Enough is enough!” We saw how the president, Sepp Blatter was not spared. He was removed from office because integrity matters when it comes to the constitution. For instance, in Nigerian football today, the youths, when invited to the national team, a coach will ask them to bring N250,000 each to get into the U-17 team when he already has the talent. If a person has talent, he should be allowed to showcase what he has in the interest of the nation.
Amokachi has been very vocal about corruption and it’s effects in Nigeria. “A small team cannot win the Nigerian league because all the people in Nigerian football are corrupt. If a referee is bribed and a match is won here, the match cannot be won there.”
Read Gemade’s reaction to Amokachi’s comments: “I’m very particular about your comment on football because I’m one of those who love football. And I started a club called BCC Lions, which you know. And I have witnessed all that is happening in the sports arena. And I know that corruption is killing it just as it is killing all other aspect of our national life. We must fight corruption’’.