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CAF seat divides NFF

Rumpus is brewing in the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, following media revelations that the President of the body, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has picked up a form to contest for a seat in the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Technical Committee Chairman of the NFF, Chris Green, said in a chat with top journalists from his base in Port Harcourt, that it was with shock that other members of the Executive Committee received Amaju’s plan to contest for a CAF Executive Committee seat as it was not discussed at any of their meetings as has been the case in the past.

“How come no member is aware, even as we know that some lilly-livered members will say otherwise. We must be careful not to put the cart before the horse.”

Going down memory lane Green declared, “When Alhaji Aminu Maigari wanted to contest, he was cleared by the federation, the Sports Ministry vide the Federal Government, the same process was also applied when Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima wanted a seat in CAF, pronto for Dr Amos Adamu. Even when Chief Segun Odegbami and Dr Orji Uzor sought to contest FIFA seat they passed through similar processes, so nobody is permitted to jump the gun.”

He said he has consulted widely and members of the NFF were unanimous that at a time like this, when the body is in dire financial straits, what they need is not politics to develop African football but politics to make Nigerian football self-sufficient and well-funded.

“We cannot let one of our best brains if not the best to go and serve CAF when we need him here back home to make our system better than we met it. Moreover, we are cruising now in the bid to be at the Russia 2018 World Cup and we must be united to avoid unnecessary distortion from outsiders.”

Concluding his opposition to the bid, Green said himself and other stakeholders represent a constituency, which they report to regularly and no two people as represented by the President and General Secretary can take decision without due consultation.

“We cannot be undermined and in some of these cases, the government might through us decide to draft an outsider as Nigeria’s candidate and we must follow suit, so I will advise that we thread softly.”

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