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NFF PRESIDENCY: SOUTH EAST BACKS MAIGARI

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Ahead of the August

2014 elections into

the board of the

Nigeria Football Federation

(NFF), Vice-President of

the current board Mike Okeke

Umeh, has disclosed given reason

the whole of the South-East

is backing Aminu Maigari’s return

as the president of the soccer

ruling body.

The South-East zone of the

Federation recently, passed a

vote of confidence on Maigari

at its summit held in Umuahia,

Abia State and Umeh who is the

leader of the South-East zone

praised Maigari’s easy-going

style that has given everyone in

the football sector a sense of

He stated that Maigari’s leadership

style opened the tap of

several successes on and off the

field and brought the Nigeria

football family under one big

“It is impossible for anyone

not to fall in love with Maigari’s

style,” Umeh said in Lagos at the

“The man has toed the wise

line all along and his style has

wooed even avowed critics of

the administration. And to cap it

all, there have been tremendous

accomplishments on and off

the field of play that has made

his the most successful football

administration in the country.

“His style allows everyone

with good ideas to contribute.

He is not dictatorial, even as he

insists on diligence, commitment

and hard work. And he places

national interest above all.”

No head of Nigeria’s football

governing authority has been

handed a second term since

Sunday Dankaro left office in

1981, but Umeh insists that

continuity and stability have

been the key words for strong

football federations and confederations

over the decades.

“The President of CAF, Alhaji

(Dr.) Issa Hayatou has been in

office for 26 years. Mr. Sepp

Blatter has been President of

FIFA for 16 years, after being

Secretary General for 17 years.

“The Senior Vice President

of FIFA Mr. Julio Grondona has

been President of Argentine

FA for several decades. And

we all remember that Mr. Joao

Havelange was President of

FIFA for 24 years. Let us give

Maigari one more term to

consolidate on his achievements.”

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