Of NFF Chinese buses, cloned computers and 4 million Naira sanitary towels and drugs
There is always, always a strange thing to report about the NFF on almost a daily basis and the latest has to do with recent purchases by the football house – from Chinese buses to drugs worth about four million Naira holed up in the federation’s store.
We have reliably gathered that they have thought it wise to buy cheaper even if not durable buses from China, which could be seen in front of their rundown Abuja office.
They have also been ‘smart’ to buy cloned computers, which will soon be thrown to the thrash can.
And the NFF are now a mini clinic as they are stocked up with drugs and sanitary towels worth over four million Naira even when no female national team will be in camp this year.
Think about this – with these dodgy purchases, the federation still need only five million Naira to clear the Nike kits that have been at the Lagos ports since last year.
Danny Jordaan steps up lobby for CAF VP
On the back of the rather laughable and incredible story that NFF president Amaju Pinnick has turned down the chance to be one of the Vice-Presidents of CAF, some of African football heavyweights including South Africa’s Danny Jordaan and Fouzi Lekjaa of Morocco are doing everything to be deputies to CAF chief Ahmad.
It has been widely speculated that Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi and Constant Omari of DRC, once the bulldog of Issa Hayatou, will get the top posts.
But Jordaan will have none of this and he has intensified his lobbying to be one of the CAF big chiefs.
He recently invited Zimbabwe FA boss and most importantly the campaign manager of Ahmad, Phillip Chinyanwa, to be his guest at two friendly matches involving Bafana Bafana.
The new CAF executive committee led by Ahmad will sit for the first time on April 11 in Cairo, Egypt, and then we will all know who will be the other big chiefs to work more closely with the Malagasy politician, who now sits on top of the African football pyramid.
Will new electoral guidelines knock out NFF president designate Ifeanyi Ubah?
FC Ifeanyiubah financier Ifeanyi Ubah is widely regarded as the next president of the NFF going by a pact allegedly agreed between he and the incumbent.
Like it was at the infamous Warri polls, where cash was the name of the game, the oil magnate is expected to break the bank for the congress to return him as the new NFF boss by August 2018.
But there are already whispers that there are some members of this congress who will have none of this and are plotting how they will shut him out with new eligibility rule that you must have been in the game for at least eight years before you could aspire for office.
The question now is – If the Nnewi billionaire is not in charge of the Glasshouse next year, how would he recoup the heavy investment he has already made on the promise he is the next boss of Nigerian football?