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Disunity, bane of our Nigeria football development -Monimichelle

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By Sab Osuji 

Foremost stadium development  giant and former FIFA licensed Agent, Ebi Egbe, says disunity is the major problem affecting the development of football in the country.

Egbe, who is popularly known as Monimichelle spoke on the virtual interactive segment of FCT Football Updates Personality interview said until football stakeholders decide to join hands together to move the game forward, ‘football development in the country will continue to retrogress’.

“Disunity among our administrators is what is killing the game”, Monimichelle began in a no hold barred interview . 

“Let us support whosoever that is in the position of authority and that will ensure we move forward. 

“This idea of pull him down syndrome is really affecting the development of the game in the country”, he pleaded

The stadium construction expert believes he has the potential to administer football in Bayelsa State and beyond, saying his relationship with his NFF President, Amaju Pinnick is most cordial, adding that Amaju would need the support of all Nigerians if he desires to contest for the NFF Presidency for the third time. 

“My relationship with Amaju Pinnick is cordial, because Amaju needs all our support to succeed as NFF President. 

“He is free to run as NFF President for the third time, and I believe this is a project every Nigerian should key into. 

“It will benefit us the more. Presently, he is a member of FIFA board and there is no how things would be discussed and Amaju will not be there to attract certain things to the country. 

“He has attracted the FIFA goal project to Kebbi and Ogborodudu in Delta state. 

“There are about two others that are in the offering. We must support him to get all these done. 

“He has done well in his past two tenures, and should be encouraged to continue to hasten our infrastructural development”. 

The Ajegunle born said he has never been involved in any failed projects in the country, and advised those pushing such to come out with the facts.

“Those who said we have been involved in failed projects should come out and tell us why such projects failed and how. 

“In all projects, there is always an issue to be sorted, and that is all. 

“We always have cordial relationships with our clients, and nothing more”, he submitted.

The infrastructural developer would hit out hard on Nigeria players, saying they are ‘full of deceit’, a trait he identified as making it difficult for them to be managed.

Monimichelle said managing Nigerian players is so difficult, saying this was reason he abandoned his players manager ‘s business to become ‘manager of grasses’. 

“Managing grasses is drawn out of passion, and we also draw our inspiration from the good commendation we receive from the main actors on pitch, which is always a thing of Joy. 

“But, managing Nigeria players, they are very difficult. They hardly tell you the truth, they will have about five international passports, they hardly tell you their true age.

“Moreover, after you have nurtured them from childhood to stardom, they will turn their backs at you. They hardly tell you the truth”.

Egbe insists that his good job continues to speak for him.

“I don’t lobby for jobs, but the good ones we have done speak for us”. 

He rated the Enyimba International Stadium,Aba, as one of the best in the world.

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