Seyi Akinwunmi declares for NFF Presidency, promises to reposition Nigerian football

Seyi Akinwunmi declares for NFF Presidency, promises to reposition Nigerian football

First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi yesterday formally declared his intention to vie for the Presidency position of the football body come September 30 in Benin City the Edo State capital.
Akinwunmi who is the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association made the declaration at an elaborate ceremony held at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja yesterday.

He said his board will be an all-inclusive one pointing out that his mission is to reposition the game in the country and return it to the enviable position it enjoyed in the past on the continent and the world.


“I want to bring my experience as NFF Vice President for 8 years to play as I settle into office. I am coming in to restore those glorious days when Nigeria used to be respected in the comity of football-playing nations in Africa and the world.

I will give priority to grassroots development to find a replacement for the aging players so that no gap will be left in the process of growing the sport again,” he said.

He also said he will also focus on a good marketing drive to support the various national teams as well as club sides in their activities both locally and on the international scene.

Almost all the FA chairmen were in attendance. Former President Galadima, past secretaries Tijani Yusuf, Fanny Amun, Co aspirants Shehu Dikko, Ibrahim Guasu, Musa Amadu, and Peterside Idah.

Others are Danladi Bako, all current NFF board members, Supporters Club President General Rafiu Ladipo and others.

Akinwunmi was later endorsed by Danladi Bako who said if the north can be in charge of the federation for 12 years that from the Galadima era to Aminu Maigari’s time there is nothing wrong with the South being in charge for the next 4 years.

He said he is confident that Akinwunmi can guide the federation to safety.

Speaking to the aspirant Akinwunmi said he wants to bring his experience of the last 8 years as Vice President to play by repositioning the sport from the grassroots to the highest level.

He pointed out that come September 30 he would be sworn in as the next President.

He talked about the regional football system and growing football.

“I intend to build a bridge builder and unifier,” he said.

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