Nigeria: Ex-footballers oppose Football Federation elections

Nigeria: Ex-footballers oppose Football Federation elections

by / Comments Off / 22 View / 3rd September 2010

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has been caught in a whirl wind of controversy yet again. A court order issued on Wednesday 18th August 2010 halting the NFFs upcoming executive board elections has been overturned by FIFA, the world football governing body.

The elections were initially scheduled for Saturday 21st August but had to be postponed because of unresolved complaints raised by some candidates. They went ahead nonetheless on Thursday 27th August and the presidential post was subsequently won by the NFF’s previous interim president Aminu Maigrari.

FIFA’s decision to go ahead with the election despite the court order was heavily criticized by Maigrari’s main opposition candidate, former Green Eagles captain Segun Odegbami.

Odegbami has said that he would challenge FIFA’s decision to sanction the elections. ‘I will follow this to the last; I will go to any level, through legitimate process to challenge the illegality; I will even challenge FIFA for flouting its statutes’, Odegbami stated. Earlier this month, Odegbami declared that he intended to clean up the game and act as a home-grown ambassador for Nigerian football.