By ThankGod Ozurumba
As Alhaji Sani Lulu’s tenure as president of the Nigeria football federation comes to an end after the 2010 FIFA world cup finals in South Africa, some personalities in this country have already shown interest in the apex position of the country’s football house.

These candidates, it misunderstood have been making secret consultations with the relevant stakeholders in order to actualise their dreams.  It is also speculated that the incumbent NFF president, Alhaji Lulu may like to play the Oliver Twist by asking for a second term.

The list of candidates jostling for the NFF plume job include first Vice President of NFF, Amanze Uchegbulam; and  former skipper of the National Team, Chief Segun Odegbami..

Other contenders are the NFF finance committee chairman, Chief Obinna Ogba ; Hon. Lumumba Adeh and the immediate past NFF President, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima.  Hopefully, more aspirant may emerge before or after the world cup finals.  No matter the aspirant and how flamboyant they may are, what is paramount is that the delegates that will go to polls later this year should please throw sentiments into the dustbin and go for the right candidate.

they should shun any form of financial inducement.  Nigerians need a visionary NFF President that will salvage the dwindling standard of football in this country.

Let us at ths juncture take a cursory look at the admission of Lulu and Galadima to ascertain if any of them should occupy the NFF Presidency again.  So far, Alhaji Sani Lulu has tried his best but unfortunately his best has not been enough to rejuvenate the ailing standard of the nation’s football he inherited from his predecessors, Alhaji Galadima, our world cup qualification not withstanding.

Lulu’s administration is a replica of Galadima’s regime. Alhaji Lulu, like his predecessor ALHAJI Galadima, could not initiate a sound programme aimed at producing a formidable senior team of 23 home bases players.  Instead they relied on our foreign based players to the detriment of the abundant budding stars from our domestic league.

Nigeria lost the 2006 World Cup ticket under Galadima’s administration while the super eagles had a shameful outing in the 2008 cup of nations in Ghana under Lulu’s regime for which the senate committee on sports invited Lulu to explain why super eagles performed poorly.

It should be noted that for FIFA and CAF’S good rankings, much emphases is placed on senior teams performance in the world cup and cup of Nations competitions respectively.   Hence Nigeria moved up in FIFA’s ranking immediately she secured the 2010 world cup ticket.


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