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Akwuegbu, 2 other ex-Eagles stars jostle for NFF presidency



No fewer than three ex-Super Eagles players have indicated interest to contest the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) presidency, DAILY POST learnt.

DAILY POST gathered that three former Nigerian national team players are showing interest and readiness to direct the affairs of the nation’s football after their playing careers.

Sources within the NFF said that the life span of the current board of the NFF led by Amaju Melvin-Pinnick, comes to an end in September this year.

The sources revealed that one of the former players who have indicated interest is Ben Akwuegbu, popularly known as ‘Austria Bomber’.

The other two are Jonathan Akpoborie and Idah Peterside who was a former goalkeeper in his playing days.

DAILY POST learnt that in the past, only Chief Segun Odegbami, had, as an ex-player, contested, severally, for the NFA (as it was then) Chairmanship seat.

Apart from Akwuegbu, Akpoborie and Peterside who had played for the national team, there are some other people who have shown interest in the NFF presidency.

Some of those who have indicated interest are: Mazi Amanze Uchegbulem, Imo FA Chairman and former NFF Vice President (2006-2010) during Alhaji Sani Lulu’s tenure, Chief Fan Ndubuoke, a former NFA Board member and ex-SWAN President and Christian Emeruwa, a staff of NFF and CAF Security Committee member.

DAILY POST gathered from sources within the NFF that the new NFF President is expected to emerge in September this year, though Melvin-Pinnick led board is fighting a legal battle to vacate a court order restraining the NFF from going ahead with the elective congress.

The sources added that without the vacation of the order, the September 2022 congress meant to elect Amaju’s successor will be difficult.


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