By Philips Adefioye
Ahead of next year’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) election slated for Khartoum, Sudan, The Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Monday nominated former NFA chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima as a replacement for Dr Amos Adamu who was suspended by the world Football governing body, FIFA.
Former Nigerian international, Tajudeen Disu has described his nomination as a right thing but coming at the wrong time, saying Galadima, a man of integrity was the right man but getting to the position will be difficult.
In an interview with Saturday Vanguard sports, Disu said that at the forthcoming CAF elections, Nigeria will find it difficult to retain the seat because of the calibre of contestants.
“Galadima is a seasoned sports administrator, he has proven his worth as NFA chairman. The man is a man of integrity and honour, he deserves the nomination. But to be honest with you, this is my candid opinion, I don’t think that it will be easy.
“What is happening to Amos Adamu, I believe, might be a stumbling block for Galadima. FIFA would not want any Nigerian in as an Executive Committee member in CAF or FIFA now. They would want to look elsewhere and the world knows that South Africa’s Danny Jordan is the man. Even though FIFA has a bad reputation now, they know that the money-for- vote scandal has dented their image and that is why they will always want to salvage their name”.
Concerning Adamu’s appeal, the former player of the defunct Abiola Babes Football Club of Abeokuta hinted that the appeal will hold no water and it will not bring any credibility back to the country soon.
Disu said that the country should exercise patience and put its house in order before thinking of nominating any body to represent the country at that level.
“Adamu has the right to appeal but his appeal will hold no water and it will not bring credibility back to our country so soon. That is why I’m saying that it will be difficult for Galadima to get that position because the scandal against Adamu will affect any Nigerian candidate vying for a post in CAF and FIFA.
“What we should do now is to come together and rebuild our house. God really wants us to come together, rebuild our football and go forward from there. It has happened to Ghana and a lot of countries in the past. People really want sanity to come to our football and sports in general. Let’s forget about sending any body to CAF and FIFA, let us just come back and reorganize ourselves from the grassroots,”Disu advised.