The end of Amos Adamu?

Amos Adamu

This was a very fast week in football. I first thought we could talk about the shame of the Nigeria Football Federation as they received the African Women Football Champions, the Super Falcons in a vehicle meant to carry cows and rams but something new came up and took that Super Falcons story to the back seat.
Amos Adamu, the one they called or still call Mr. Fix it could not fix himself.
The FIFA hammer fell on him and right now he is probably in the corner of a room somewhere trying to play back time to that fateful day he thought he was going to make a cool million dollars but never knew he would be on TV asking a bribe to vote for a particular country.
A few years ago, my boss told me, “A little is enough for a man who is not greedy.”
Amos Adamu is worth well over a million dollars, probably worth over ten million or even a hundred million dollars but he still needed to grab that one million dollars because he is what he is. Shame!
I am also monitoring the Nigerian press and I know there are basically three kinds of journalists here.
There are some of us on Amos Adamu’s payroll, those who are not and a few who do not care.
Those on his payroll are trying to impress it on Nigerians that the country stands to lose by his dismissal. They tell us that Nigeria has lost its seat on the FIFA Executive Committee and there is now nobody to speak for Nigeria and play the politics for our country. They tell us to get behind him in his trying period.
But we must ask ourselves if Amos Adamu was at FIFA for Nigeria or for his own self.
Those of them like me who were not anywhere near his payroll would remember a song we used to sing back then in Sunday school, “Satan don fall for gutter match am match am,” which simply means, for my international audience that  the devil has fallen into the ditch so let us stomp him on his head.
The third group like I said simply do not care and rather go on with their lives than waste their precious pages on a man who has been disgraced for what FIFA says are not corrupt practices but simply going against their ethics.
Why is it the end of Amos Adamu? He has been banned for three years from any football related activity. That must lead to the question someone jokingly asked on twitter- How do you explain football related activity? Is he allowed to watch football at home? Is he allowed to visit a stadium to watch a game? Is he allowed to talk about football even in his neighbourhood? Is he allowed to kick the ball with his kids and grand kids in the park? Is he allowed to wear a football jersey? But I digress, on purpose.
By February, elections will be held to fill up his place at FIFA, he loses his place at CAF and of course his place as West Africa Football Union, WAFU president and by the time his three years are over, he will have to start working his way up from scratch by getting into the NFF and getting a nomination to contest the WAFU, CAF and FIFA seats if they are available and I sincerely do not see that happening.
Good bye, Amos Adamu. We have reserved your place in history. Our kids will be taught about you in their social studies classes. They will be taught how millions of dollars in cash and equipments disappeared when Nigeria hosted the World Youth Championships in 1999; our kids will also be taught how even more got lost when Nigeria hosted the All Africa Games in 2003 and again the U17 World Cup in 2009. They will be taught that all these were linked to you but there was really no proof so you could not be touched.
But most of all they will be taught how you fell to the soft voice of a woman and demanded just one million dollars, less than ten percent of misappropriated funds linked to your name. They will be told how you had a cup of coffee in front of you and you demanded that money be paid into your personal account for a project you said was for Nigerian football.
Our kids will also be taught the moral of the story. I would like to be visiting my son in school on the day they will be taught about Amos Adamu.
Like I said, I am not one of those on your payroll so I will gloat until I fill up this page.
But something else bothered me during the press briefing. FIFA ethics committee say you were not guilty of corruption but just found to have breached various articles of their Code of Ethics.
This can be interpreted in many ways, but the only common ground will be that you are away from football for three years.
The new task before the NFF: Now it’s time for the Nigeria Football Federation to earn their money. For the last twenty years we have blamed Amos Adamu for every ill of Nigeria’s football.
I do not think he was that guilty, we just needed someone to blame.
It was his fault we did not qualify for the World Cup in 1990; it was also his fault that we lost 5-1 to Algeria in the opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1990. It was his fault that the Super Eagles in 1991 forgot their jerseys before an important Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match and had to play in their track suits after Rashidi Yekini suggested they cut them to size with a scissors.
It was also Amos Adamu’s fault that Nigeria was disqualified from a FIFA U17 World Cup when an NFA official forgot the players’ passports in Lagos during a qualifying game in Abeokuta.
Wasn’t it Amos Adamu’s fault that that Nigeria pulled out of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations leading to a two tournament ban?
Surely we must blame Amos for Nigeria’s failure to win the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations at home to Cameroon in Lagos.
What happened in 2006 when we failed to qualify for the World Cup? It must have been Adamu’s fault.
What’s the point of all this? IF Amos Adamu (bad news as I know) is this guilty of being the problem with everything football in Nigeria, then this must be our time to shine.
He will be away for three years and in that time I expect Enyimba or Kano Pillars to win the CAF Champions League next year. I also expect Sunshine Stars or Kaduna United to win the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Super Falcons should win the Women World Cup in Germany next year and then the Super Eagles must win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012, 2013 and then win the World Cup in 2014.
The Aminu Maigari led NFF board must prove that Amos Adamu was really the problem with Nigerian football and start winning before he starts to plot his comeback in 2013.
Was Amos Adamu really the problem with Nigerian football? No! He was just one man guilty of breaching Code of Ethics like many others in Nigeria.
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