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THE Chairmanship election of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, now fixed for Abuja on August 29 is sure to be as exciting.....
THE Chairmanship election of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, now fixed for Abuja on August 29 is sure to be as exciting as it would surely be unpredictable. The entry into the race last week of one of Nigeria’s best legs, Mathematical Segun Odegbami, has raised the profile of those who want to lead a brand new NFA.
Odegbami who spoke on Radio on his entry into the race said that he was the best candidate and has the best qualification and credentials to lead the football house out of the woods that denied Nigeria playing in the World Cup in Germany. And one of the contestants and former Secretary-General of the FA and member, House of Reps, Hon. Sani Toro has described Odegbami’s entrance into the race as a good development that shows that Nigerian football would bring back smiles, after all.
“I am elated to hear that Odegbami has joined the race. It is good news for Nigerian football because he has an eloquent credential both as player and administrator. It’s a good omen because we want only tested, trusted hands to come and change the fortunes of Nigerian football”, Toro, a former Commissioner of Sports in Bauchi State added.
Though Odegbami has become a recurring decimal in NFA’s elections, he agreed that he would not stop until he gets to the pinnacle of leading Nigeria. “My entire life has been devoted to football both as a player, administrator, marketer, promoter and even in other sports.
‘‘It is unfair to ask me if I am not afraid of a certain candidate. Instead, the other candidates should be the ones to be afraid of me. Yes! It is left for the voters to decide where to place the destiny of Nigerian football. It is not a do-or-die affair”, Odegbami who received many kudos for the opening of his Sports Academy said on Brila FM.
Also, Sani Lulu, one of the contestants and Director of Sports in the Federal Capital Territory said that the more the number of contestants, the better it would be for the voters. “It is a good thing that many candidates are emerging. It will be better because it will give the voters a chance of selecting the best from the pack. For now, Nigerian football deserves men of honour to bring it back to the track. My life has been that of service and I have left legacies and truly want to drive our football into reckoning”, Lulu said.
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