My name is Miss Dee, member and secretary to the Concerned Non-Football Lovers Association (CoNFLA). Well, from our name, you may think we hate the game of football but that is not the case. We do not hate it. We are rather not too passionate about it. Below are a few recommendations you may want to look at, if you want to catch the attention of members of the association (WARNING – don’t think we form the minority; you should ask round, there are so many of us).
So FIFA, first of all, members of CoNFLA believe the 32 teams that are selected to contest for the World cup are just too many. Why do we say that? We sat down to watch the games and we thought genuinely, some teams know their strengths. Deep down in their hearts, they know they can never lift the trophy. We got amazed when the anthems of these nations were sang and they shut their eyes as if they were going to play really hard and lift the cup on the final day but FIFA, since you started organizing this World Cup from 1930, has there ever been a surprise? Has any other country won apart from those who have the track records? So what is CoNFLA saying about this? We are saying you should use your discretion to select two nations from Europe, two from South America, two from Asia and the USA. Initially, we thought you should select two from Africa but you can use your discretion here too. You can make it one or even not select an African country. Yes, we know we are Africans and from our performance at previous and the just ended tournaments, trust us, we won’t mind if we do not make the final cut. The other option we would like to recommend is for you to invite teams that have won trophies in previous tournaments. They are the ones who will certainly lift the trophy. Or you don’t think so?
Our second recommendation is to use one week for the World Cup instead of the entire month. When you select just eight teams, it means we will start from the quarter finals. Won’t that be great? It will even be more exciting for the fans and the footballers. They will have enough rest and it’s likely none will sustain any injury and members of CoNFLA will not be forced to watch football for an entire month. Even if you like, don’t show the matches on television. Just announce to us who the winner was, in a press conference. We will appreciate that very much.
FIFA, if you take the above recommendations then you may not need these ones but if you still decide to go with the 32 teams then please, from the quarter finals stage onwards, any team that concedes more than two goals should be fined; they should only be pardoned if they play penalties. In this case, a country like Brazil which conceded about 10 goals in their past two games should be fined $10000 per goal. So FIFA let’s multiply that by ten and see how much FIFA will earn. Brazil did not only embarrass themselves but they also blocked the chances of 28 other nations who would have performed better (maybe). This is something you may really want to consider.
We also heard you do not allow interferences from countries in football administration. FIFA, this is an area you should consider amending. Why? Because the teams are representing us, we support them with our money,time, our hearts and all our emotions. Yes, including members of CoNFLA. When our nations are playing, we really sit behind our television sets to support them. So why are you saying we shouldn’t interfere, eh? Give us reasons. Why shouldn’t we sack these administrators and footballers or even beat them up if we feel they are not living up to task? Oh, don’t think we will lynch them; we will only have a system where each member of the team plus the administrators will receive a few lashes from the strongest man in the country. That will not kill them. We know they are strong, or? We thought the Nigerian approach was great till you decided to sanction them. Just allow us to give it a try, only for a year and let’s see the outcome.
Anyway, FIFA, we are about to begin our second meeting. This time we are going to discuss how some rules in football should be changed in order to make the game more interesting to attract members of our association. Trust CoNFLA, we will not leave you in the dark.