BY JOHN EGBOKHAN
Ahead of August 26 Elective Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), it has emerged that the apex ruling body for soccer in the country will change its name to the Nigeria Football Association (NFA)
This, we gathered, was informed by the fact that the name NFF was not currently recognised by law and was the root cause of the various litigation cases against past Presidents of the NFF.
We learnt that the Congress of the NFF was going to unanimously vote to change the NFF to NFA before elections are held into the various Executive Committee positions on August 26, 2014.
He also said that the wind of change that has swept into the football house, which saw the impeachment of President Aminu Maigari was for the good of the game, adding that management positions were going to be equitably distributed amongst all sections of the country.
It was gathered that out of the six directors of the NFF, five of them were from the north, with the south only getting one slot, a decision, which another executive committee member frowned as very discriminatory and sectional.
“It was that bad that only Emmanuel Ikpeme was the only director from the south, while the others hailed from the north. That was one of the many sins of Maigari, which led to his impeachment”, said the source, who craved anonymity.
On the likely composition of the next Executive Committee of the NFA next month, we gathered that acting President of the NFF, Mike Umeh might emerge chairman given his wide appeal amongst the electorate. It was learnt that Umeh has already signified his intentions to run for the chairmanship position and has started reaching out to the delegates to the Congress next month.
We also gathered that the chairman of chairmen Effiong Johnson was nursing the ambition to become a vice-chairman in the next dispensation, while Emeka Inyama is also touted as an aspirant for the same position.
The wind of change sweeping through the NFF, we gathered, will also affect the position of the Secretary-General, with incumbent Ahmadu Musa touted to be replaced by Lawrence Katkem, a multi-linguist, who the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo had appointed NFF scribe in the wake of the sacking of the Maigari’s board by a Plateau High Court this month.
We gathered that Katkem, who is not a stranger to the NFF, having manned
the international department in the past, was seen as a hard-working, cool-headed, easy-going and go-getter by most FA chairmen and club owners, who feel that the secretariat would be effectively run by the easy-going Plateau State-born sports technocrat, who has accompanied many Nigerian clubs to continental duties in the past.
With the expected change of name to NFA, we gathered that professional sports bodies like the coaches associations and Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN will be entitled to have their delegates on the board, as provided for in the NFA Act or Decree 10.