Aisha Falode explains decision to vie for NFF board ticket
• ‘We will exploit the many opportunities in football’
Chairperson of the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL), Aisha Falode, has said that she decided to vie for election into the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) executive committee, because she believes the position will place her in a good position to implement the changes needed for the growth of the NWFL.
Falode, who was appointed by the outgoing board to lead the country’s women football league, said being an elected member would give her the clout to defend the league and shoo away those with inclinations detrimental to the growth of the game. The idea behind her aspiration, she added, is to ensure Nigerian football professional existence is not shut down.
Speaking in Lagos at the weekend, Falode said: “I want to have the power, the authority to air my thoughts, opinions and ideas as of right.
“I want to be part of that authority that takes initiatives and run those ideas of taking the country’s football to another level. I want to have the opportunity as a member of the NFF Executive Committee that will be enabled to push for a professionally run NFF. It’s better to contest and win a seat on the Executive Committee, and get on board to ensure the gains made in women’s football are not watered down.”
The NWFL chairperson disclosed that she picked the form for the election last week, adding that if she wins the race to the board, she would push to consolidate on the gains of the NWFL. She also believes that getting into the board, as an elected member, will give her enough room to search for partnerships that will impact positively on the game.
Falode, who is aspiring for NFF exco seat from the Edo State Football Association, noted that, “Football is big business and there are so many opportunities in it. When I become a board member, I will help the federation to exploit all these opportunities to Nigeria’s advantage,” she said.