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Competence Is Best For NFF President Not Whether He’s From North Or South


As we approach September 2022 and counting down to the NFF elections, Nigeria Football stakeholders must move from the archaic thinking of which part of the country the president of the NFF will emerge from.

This is a very retrogressive step in modern football as stakeholders must take cue from the game of football itself in making up a football team, where only the best in each position is selected by the coach.

At a time in Nigeria Football history we had four ATUEGBU brothers all featured for the Green Eagles at different times.

At a particular setting we had these NFF presidents in this order in 12 years consecutively –

(1) Ibrahim Galadima

(2) Sani Lulu Abdullahi (PICTURED)

(3) Aminu Maigari.

They were all from the Northern part of this country.

Ibrahim Galadima is perhaps the most transparent and one of the best Presidents the NFF have ever had and he continues to remain a role model to us all.

Sani Lulu at the time he emerged NFF President was inexperienced, lacked capacity and was grossly incompetent.

In fact it was Sani Lulu’s ignorance that plunged Nigeria Football into the crisis of 37 States Football Association Chairmen out of a 44-member Congress when the NFF Statutes was skewed to produce the likes of Amaju Pinnick.

Aminu Maigari’s records are there for all to see as an achiever – he won 13 major international trophies in four years.

The current President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick is the worst we ever had as president of the NFF and he is from the southern part of the country currently running out his second term in office.

Pinnick has been an epitome of failure, inept, incompetent, lacks transparency and accountability, a complete embarrassment.

The new dispensation of Nigeria Football administration can only be competence driven with the Footballers bloc in the driver’s seat.

This is the time to restore the lost glory of Nigeria Football.

It does not matter which part of the country the leader emerges from.

BY HARRISON JALLA, Chairman PFAN Task Force/Facilitator Project 2022


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