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We ‘ll run an open administration – Umeh

Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chief Mike Umeh has for the first time opened up on the ousting of his erstwhile boss, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and his subsequent succession, while stating that his tenure, no matter how short, would be open and all embracing.

BY JACOB AJOM

Speaking in a chat with Sports Vanguard yesterday, Umeh promised to usher in a regime of accountability and transparency. “We hope to be different,” he started. “We will be having regular executive committee meetings, unlike in the past where few people took decisions for the rest of the members.”

Ume said he will not spend a single kobo without due approval. “We cannot spend money that cannot be verified. We can only spend money that would be collectively approved and everybody would be allowed to carry out his functions.”

BEFORE THE CRACK: Dr. Rafiu Ladipo (m) raises the hands of Chief Mike Umeh (l) and Aminu Maigari after their election in 2010.
BEFORE THE CRACK: Dr. Rafiu Ladipo (m) raises the hands of Chief Mike Umeh (l) and Aminu Maigari after their election in 2010.

The former First Vice President of the federation said that to guard against repeating the lapses that led to the collapse of the Maigari era, “all committees will be allowed to function.”

The Acting President of the NFF said the Executive Committee expects the three-man committee charged with establishing contact with Coach Stephen Keshi to submit its report soon. “They have less than five days to submit their report. Their job is to sound him out to know whether he is still interested in handling the Super Eagles.”

Asked whether the NFF was in a stronger negotiating position now that South Africa have shunned Keshi and gone ahead to name Bafana Bafana coach.

Umeh was diplomatic. “We have never bothered about whether South Africa wanted him. That has not changed our position. We are only waiting to get the committee report. Then we will know the next step to take.”

Confederation Cup semi-finals fixtures on Wednesday could cause a postponement of the next EXCO meeting, originally billed for Wednesday, which would have discussed Keshi’s case.


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