…says “the lies” and ‘half-truths’ killing football
By Eddie Akalonu
Former Nigeria Football Association vice chairman, Gabriel Chukwuma has advised factional Nigeria Football Federation president, Chris Giwa, to enforce his right to football’s highest office in Nigeria. “As the man running the only private club in the Premier League, Giwa indeed is a true stake-holder.
“He has all the right to be president of NFF because he is a dedicated club- football investor and a patriotic Nigerian truly engaged in the business of developing football,” Chukwuma argued.
He said those opposed to Giwa are only interested in getting into the board to grab money, not to make meaningful contribution towards up-lifting football to higher levels. “Giwa is right to demand to be NFF boss. Others engaged in the fight right now are mercenaries using state associations or other bodies. But I know they do nothing for football in states they come from or where they reside. Football does not need these people. They are opportunists out to create confusion. They will not succeed,” he stated adding “ Giwa should be given a chance to enforce his right to govern and I believe he has come for the right cause.”
Speaking generally to Vanguard Sports, the Gabros FC of Nnewi proprietor decried the crises in the Football body, saying that just before resigning his position, he had warned his colleagues to make amends or maladministration of football then, would grow into an ugly monster.
“At a point that all manner of merchants and agents strayed into highest level of administration of the game in Nigeria, the game drifted and I had warned them about this before resigning from the board of NFA.
And I did so because I would not subscribe to what was happening.