An order from the sports ministry is believed to have pushed Thursday’s NFF Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Jos till next month after the country’s crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia, SCORENigeria has specially learnt.
NFF officials have said Thursday’s AGA was shifted because chief host Plateau Governor Simeon Lalong is unavailable.
But we have since gathered that it was in fact the sports minister, Solomon Dalung, who asked that the annual meeting of the country’s football congress be moved till after the must-win World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo on October 7.
This year’s AGA is of great importance as it will set the road map for elections into the NFF executive committee next year with the appointment of an electoral committee as well as the electoral appeals committee.
These are crucial appointments as could be seen with what happened at the last polls, when fresh appointments for these key positions had to be made with the blessing of world football governing body FIFA.
Observers told SCORENigeria that the postponement is a massive setback for some of the serving NFF executive committee members who have aligned with president Amaju Pinnick and have since generated these appointments.
“There are a lot of variables which could change remarkably after the World Cup qualifier against Zambia as well as the Aiteo Cup,” a top official told SCORENigeria
Pinnick, who has now been elected on the CAF executive committee, has yet to declare whether he will seek re-election after a tenure that has left a great deal to be desired.
It is understood that in the event he will not be returned, Pinnick could prop up one of his trusted colleagues on the board who has been shuttling around the world with him lately.
SCORENigeria has also learnt there are now at least three major power blocs ahead of what is expected to be fiercely and bitterly fought polls next year.
Besides the Pinnick camp, there is another camp spearheaded by former NFF president Aminu Maigari and supported by oil mogul Ifeanyi Ubah and also another camp that is led by the popular Ahmed Fresh and which boasts of several members of the current NFF board mainly from the north of the country.