Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has called for a peaceful co-existence of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry.
The NFF and the Sports Ministry have not been in good stead for the past four years over leadership of the Glass House.
And Rohr has sued for peace between the two organizations.
“What I wish for the New Year is that we should stop the conflicts between the Nigeria Football Federation and the Sports Ministry,” Rohr told.
“We cannot succeed in a country when we are not together. We can only succeed when we are together.
“I saw this everywhere. In Burkina Faso, the Sports Minister was attending the team’s matches and he was even paying the salaries of the coaches, paying for trips and bonuses.
“Same in Gabon with Ali Bongo – he was a fan of football and the Sports minister Rene Demizur, a former player. I miss that here.”
He added that: “The Federation is fighting to have a good organisation, find money and sponsors for football, they have to do this all alone.
“On the other side, there is a fight from the ministry. I don’t have anything against the Sports minister.
“I think he is a patriotic man, but I see that they are not together around us and we are a bit alone.
“When you don’t have solidarity from the politics and football officials, you cannot have it easy but we need that now.”
According to him, “We are worried about it because when we heard we could be suspended prior to the Seychelles game, I called the President of the NFF (Amaju Pinnick) and he said all will be well.
“We kept on with our job, but it affected our minds. Then we hear someone is coming, he’s at the office with Police, but now I think on the surface its okay.
“But we still don’t have this collaboration. The NFF cannot pay to have these good pitches. These things are done by the government, they have a budget for that.
“We are behind Cameroon now in terms of structures. We are behind Gabon who now have six stadiums. They have beautiful stadia in Bitam and in Oyem. But we need the solidarity.”