The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has sacked Sunday Adeleye, the embattled Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), making him the first casualty of radical reforms taking place in the sports ministry.
Concise News reports that Special Assistant to the Minister, Kola Daniel, said in a statement that Dare also ordered the recall of AFN Secretary General, Elijah Ademu, to the Ministry, while a new scribe would be announced in due course.
“Adeleye’s removal followed the report of the Advisory Committee on the Poor Performance of Team Nigeria at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha – Qatar 2019.
“A letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to AFN President, Shehu Gusau, directed him to inform Adeleye of his sack.
“Consequent on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, I am further directed to convey the directive of the Honourable Minister for the immediate removal from office of Adeleye as Technical Director of the AFN.
“This is on the account of ascertained gross misconduct. Accordingly, you are directed to convey to Adeleye in writing this directive and evidence of compliance delivered to the honourable minister,” the statement said.
Daniel added that the Advisory Committee had in its report indicted Adeleye in varying degrees in the handling of the Federation’s affairs in Doha.
U-17 W/Cup: Sports Minister Dare Makes ‘Strong’ Statement
In related news, Dare has called for a review of the country’s football following the Golden Eaglets crash at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Nigeria, winners of Group B at the cadet competition, were mauled 3-1 by the Netherlands who emerged as one of the best losers in the tournament.
Speaking after the tie, an unimpressed Dare lamented the team’s crash in Brazil, calling on football administrators in the country to do better.
According to him, issues such as the payment of salaries and allowances should be given priority by football administrators in Nigeria.
“Nigeria’s performance at the Under -17 World Cup calls for a review,” he tweeted on his official handle.
“Indeed, our football administration at all levels calls for a review. We must exact greater responsibility from those charged with our football administration. Timely payment of salaries and allowances vital.”