Former FIFA and CAF instructor, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has thrown his weight behind the change in leadership of the Confederation of African Football.
Ahmad Ahmad defeated incumbent Issa Hayatou 34 votes to 20 at the 39th Caf Ordinary General Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
And the former Fifa technical member who feels the change was long overdue has tasked Ahmad not to repeat the mistakes of Hayatou if he hopes to succeed.
“I congratulate him. I believe he will come in with new ideas. The only thing that is constant in this life is change and the situation of African football has been expecting some changes,” Onigbinde said.
“There should be more emphasis on development because in Fifa regulations under objectives, the opening sentence reads – to improve the game of football constantly. Competition is supposed to be a by-product, it should be used to assess the level of development so if you’re concentrating on competition without development, you are wasting your time.
“Well, Mr. Hayatou is a gentle man and he is a man who was flexible with everybody but maybe there was a need for a little bit of more dynamism for him.
“He was easily buttoned, not dynamic enough, probably that is his own nature. Inspite of that, I think he did a lot of good work for African football, but football just like other sports needs dynamism and when you are in leadership especially in Africa, you need to be a man of yourself but if you are one that they can push around, of course you will be like a leaf on top of a flowing river. I think the new man should improve from that because there is need for more dynamism and self-confidence.’’
Onigbinde who guided the Super Eagles to the 2002 Fifa World Cup also expressed his delight with the victory Amaju Pinnick – challenging him to put the nation’s interest first at all times.
“Pinnick’s victory is a good one for Nigeria, once again we have another person there after Amos Adamu and we hope he can do some good works for Nigeria,’’ he continued.
‘’I was in Caf technical committee for about 25 years and I know a few areas where I had to push things through for Nigeria, so I think if he takes more of Nigeria than of self, he should be able to do more for the country.”