Football stakeholders throw weight behind Akwuegbu in bid to contest for NFF leadership
Nigeria ex-international, Benedict Akwuegbu
By Danusa Ocholi
Some stakeholders in the country’s football desirous of effecting a change in leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] under the leadership of Mr Amaju Pinnick have approached a former international, Benedict Akwuegbu to take over from him.
Akwuegbu who disclosed this in an interview said the concerned football leaders from various parts of the country, most of whom are from the Northern part of the country have expressed their discontent with the present leadership over the dwindling fortunes of the beautiful game in Africa’s largest nation under the present administration.
The stakeholders, Akwuegbu who was a member of Nigeria’s silver-winning squad at the African Cup of Nations[AFCON] co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana as well as a member of Nigeria’s team to Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup finals lamented that the senior national team failed to qualify for 2022 World Cup finals for the first time in almost 20 years because of “poor leadership” [of Pinnick and his team.]
Equally agonishing, Akwuegbu stated was the failure of the Super Eagles to advance beyond the second round of the 33rd AFCON held in Cameroon early in the new year.
“It is painful to see an average Tunisian side , that was one of the weakest sides in the competition stopping our team as a result of poor coaching and laxity of the NFF officials” he added.
The former national team players noted that footballers featuring for the country are usually at the receiving end of the poor administrating of the game, and promised to address the issue if he is elected as the NFF leader.
He promised to unfold his agenda for the transformation of the country’s football in the days to come.