August 6, 2014

Adokiye wants change for Nigerian football

Adokiye wants change for Nigerian football


Former Nigeria international winger, Adokiye Amiesimaka wants a “complete revolution” in the administration of Nigerian football.

Amiesimaka reckons that things have not been going according to script and identifies the current crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as “a perfect example” to buttress his point.

Aminu Maigari was impeached as NFFpresident on July 24 on the grounds of alleged “financial misappro-priation, misapplication and maladministration.”

However, chairmen of the state football associations moved to reject the impeachment of Maigari on July 31 stating that a consensus had been reached to “to reject the resolutions of any alleged board meeting of the executive committee.”

Amiesiamaka says he’s “not surprised” at the turn of events but argues that it does not paint the country’s football in good light.

“I am not surprised (at the developments). I have said it severally and categorically that the structure for our football administration is flawed.

“The problems at the NFF is a perfect example of what I am talking about. There must be a complete revolution and overhaul of the system if things are to change,” Amiesimaka exclusively told

Amiesimaka, a practicing lawyer since 1979, then took the time to critically examine Maigari’s impeachment and the fallout of the development.



The executive committee of the NFF resolved to impeach Maigari “after thorough and exhaustive deliberations on the uncalled-for secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the federation and failure to call meeting of the executive committee for the past eight months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the board.”

Amiesimaka said things do not add up with just Maigari falling on his sword.

“Who are ‘the small cabal within the board’ that were taking the ‘weighty decisions?’ Why are they still on the board?

“Well, just as Maigari betrayed former president of so-called ‘NFF,’ Sani Lulu, on whose board he was finance committee chairman, so too has he been betrayed by his lieutenants.

“If the board members who now betrayed Maigari and conveniently pointed accusing fingers to him were not complicit in the alleged misappropria-tion, misapplication and maladministration, why did none of them raise his voice in protest or resign,and why were they always saying that all was well with football administration in Nigeria and consistently insulted any member of the public that tried to draw attention to the rot?

“Our football doesn’t need such charlatans that are obviously without honour and are only in office to serve themselves,” Amiesimaka said.