The attention of Plateau State Football Association has been drawn to an ill conceived story by one Odogwu Ndi ,tiltled “Sunday Longbap A destroyer of grassroot football”.whereas it is not in the policy of the Plateau State football Association PFA to respond to every negative comments since we believe in the inalienable right of Nigerians to Free speech,we take exception to orchestrated efforts to malign,impugn and whip negative sentiments against the chairman of the Plateau State football Association through out right lies and calculated misinformation in the story by Odogwu Ndi.

The story is not only lacking in substance but doesn’t make a nice reading even for the sole purpose of leisure. Mr Odogwu who is the toothless bull dog of some persons which we know has ingloriously taken to the public exposure and disgrace of his paymaster instead of reflecting soberly on the catastrophic organizational skills and administrative incompetences of his boss who for his personal interest and gain attempted to bring the beautiful game of soccer to disrepute by favouring Like-Minds Football Club Gwagwalada with a home match against Maichibi FC of Pankshin a team representing Plateau state instead of this match to be played at a neutral venue just like any other teams in the competition Maichibi FC who topped the Lafia center and moved to Gwagwalada..the training ground and match venue of Like-Minds FC. Jos center hosted other states.The question remains ” why didn’t Like-Minds FC move to other centers just just Maichibi left lafia to Gwagwalada? As if this wasn’t enough embarrassment and self inflicted agony for a medicore administrator, this willing tool decided to attack the person of Hon Sunday Samson Longbap whose achievements are audible to the deaf and visible to the blind

Hon Sunday Samson Longbap also known as the Grassroots Football Crusader has an unequalled zeal, commitment and passion for grassroots Football. No wonder all grassroots Football competitions, trainings and exhibitions have been religiously executed under his administration in the State. How sensible then is it for Mr Odogwu Ndi to accuse Hon Longbap of destroying grassroots Football if not that he’s acting the script of a man who has embarrassed himself with monumental failure to organize playoffs that are free of interference and favoritism. It is as disheartening as sacrilegious that people play dirty politics to cover for their failures.
Football administration must be devoid of enthnic sentiments.Your boss is fast losing credibility, followership and confidence of clubs and stakeholders yet he’s here dancing to the beautiful gaze of the moon. For Hon Longbap to have served for this long in a State that is the bedrock of football development in the country is a enough testament of his achievements. Hon Longbap insistence on the right thing (that Like Mind mustn’t be given an undue home advantage) is a confirmation of his unending love for statutes and due process. He is a man who takes into consideration the interest of football and the reputation of the game which he is not ready to sit back and watch it being slaughtered on the alter of medicority, favouritism and nepotism. In conclusion,this a sad commentary directed at a personality whose interest is to protect teams representing Plateau State based on values and intergrity.

Larry Gowon
Secretary, Plateau State Football Association


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