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NFF picks September 30 for elective congress in Benin

By Christian Okpara
19 August 2022   |   4:15 am
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will get a new president on September 30 when the Federation holds its elective congress in Benin, Edo State.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, addressing the congress of the federation<br />

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will get a new president on September 30 when the Federation holds its elective congress in Benin, Edo State.

Incumbent President, Amaju Pinnick, who is coming to the end of his second term, at the Federation’s yearly general congress in Lagos, yesterday, told the body that he has no intention of contesting for a third term, bringing to rest speculations of his intentions.

In emotion-laden speech at the meeting, Pinnick thanked his colleagues for their cooperation with his board, saying that he was leaving the Congress as one unit, the way it was handed to him in 2014.

“As I stand before you today, I want to thank the Congress for what they have done for Nigeria football in the last eight years. I want to leave the Congress as one unit the way it was handed to me in 2014.

“I want to say it here that I am not going to contest for the NFF President again.”

At the end of deliberations, the NFF’s 44-man Congress chose September 30 for the election into its board.

The Congress rejected the September 20 proposed date for the election, opting to adopt the original date, September 30.

The congress is expected to name an electoral body and an appeals committee shortly, as intending candidates to the various positions begin their campaign for the elections.

Already, some football stakeholders have shown interest in becoming the NFF’s next president.

Among these stakeholders are former Super Eagles players, Benedict Akwuegbu, Peterside Idah and Jonathan Akpoborie.

Others are top Confederation of African Football (CAF) official, Dr. Christian Emeruwa, Imo FA Chairman, Amanze Uchegbulam, a retired director at the Federal Ministry of Sports, Abba Yola, and former SWAN president, Fan Ndubuoke.