Recent events in Benin Republic have once again highlighted Africa’s immaturity as it pertains to sports administration (in this case- football). You would recall that for some weeks now the Benin Football Association (BFA) has been in total disarray following some disputes between members of the FA Board and the FA President, which led to the government’s interference- an act contrary to FiFA’s rules. In my opinion, these people make efforts are doing right only when FIFA threatens to ban.
But does it always have to come to that? Remember that under FIFA rules, National Football Associations must not be subject to government control but politicians (who call themselves administrators) in many African countries never seem to understand or respect these rules. They go about doing what they like until FIFA issues a warning or actually bans them.
Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Kenya have all received bans from international football because of government interference. And recently Ghana and Zambia faced similar problems as Benin but escaped bans because they complied with the directive FIFA issued before their ultimatum expired.
Why do we have to (always) wait until FIFA issue a warning or actually bans us before our administrators do the right thing? Please Africa, its time to grow up and begin to get things right- in Sport, in politics, in all spheres of national life!