Clarion Call For Establishment Of Nigerian Football Hall Of Fame Museum
Many Nigerian football fans believe it is way past time for the country to build a hall of fame museum to make it easier for Nigerians to appreciate the players that made sacrifices and used their talent to boost the image of the country from the very inception of the game till now.
One such a fan is former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, who has urged the Nigeria football Federation (NFF), the Ministry of Sports and the Federal Government to collaborate with other stakeholders in the country and make this a reality.
Udeze in a recent interview broadcast on Brila FM said it is imperative for Nigerian footballers to be honoured and remembered after contributing their quota to the nations football development.
He said that building a hall of fame museum would spur the
current players to be more committed to national team duties as they would eventually
be immortalised in stone especially if they impressed during their careers
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The ex PAOK FC defender (below) wondered how past heroes in Nigerian football could be remembered if a notable hall of fame museum does not exist.
“Nigerian footballers, dead or living, who sacrificed for the country when they played for the national teams, need to be remembered in a memorable manner.
“Though they are often neglected when they retire from football, they can be made proud of their contributions to the country through a hall of fame museum.
“As an ex footballer, I will be delighted if a hall of fame museum is constructed for people of all generations to see the footballers and their roles in nation building. It will also motivate present players to give their best in the national team."
Nigeria has approximately 15 active museums though some are more technically art galleries. However it has only three unofficially recognised national ones namely the Nigerian National Museum in Lagos, the National Museum Esie in Kwara state and the National War Museum in Umuahia in Abia state.
So a fourth, especially for football which is the glue that binds the country together certainly seems like a good idea.
Photos > Courtesy BBC and The Stadium Business