Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad may have at the weekend sued for peace and unity in the Nigerian football family, but the NFF congress delegates who decide the leadership of the country’s football may only have put their swords, daggers and knives by the corner, not far away from their reach.
SCORENigeria understands the cash gift the delegates received last week has instead of buying their favour and keeping them happy, further divided their ranks.
A source told SCORENigeria that while some of the delegates were paid a million Naira each, the more favoured ones got double that sum with these monies allegedly siphoned from the sponsorship of a recent competition.
The majority of the 44-member congress insist they have not been “carried along” by the NFF top shots since the controversial Warri elections in 2014.
The result is that both the congress and the 15-member executive committee are factionalised into various power blocs ahead of next year’s elections, which promises far more drama, controversies and intrigues than never before.
Tomorrow’s Annual General Assembly in Jos will among other key decisions appoint an electoral committee and electoral appeals committee.
These are key appointments which will determine the guidelines and road map for next year’s elections into the executive committee.
In previous years, these appointments were merely rubber stamped by the congress, but a section of the house is now demanding that nominees for these committees be discussed on the floor before the appointments are ratified.
The NFF retreat in Lafia on Tuesday was really a dry-run of the AGA, we have since been informed.
And it comes after the failure to get President Muhammadu Buhari to personally receive CAF boss Ahmad at Aso Rock Villa during which the plan was to get the Madagascan to commit on a Nigerian becoming the next general secretary of the continental football ruling body.
All these gimmicks are to ensure that status quo remains even after next year’s elections.
Will that be the case?