…Galadima Calls For Caution
Many Super Eagles players are apprehensive and will be keeping a close watch at the March 16, Confederation of African Football (CAF), elections in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
SportsDay gathered from majority of the top players that they have been monitoring the Nigerian media and are worried of where the pendulum will swing during the polls, even as some of them said the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation have kept them abreast of development.
Their fears stemmed from the fact that the qualifiers for the Nations Cup starts in June, while the double header against Cameroon in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier is a few months away, precisely August, with administrators thinking less of the games and more of the CAF polls in Ethiopia.
In his own observation, former Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, reacting to contentions in Nigeria ahead of the elections called for caution and diplomacy as any party that wins between Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad and Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou, the incumbent will ultimately dictate the pace of the continent’s football administration for some years to come and Nigeria will be condemned to work with the party.
He said having contested the CAF Executive position in the past, he is duty bound to advise NFF President, Melvin Amaju Pinnick to thread softly to win the seat for Nigeria. “It’s Nigeria that is contesting and I will say is we win ‘ it will boost the administration and the reverse will be the case if we lose, that is why I am saying lets go slow and steady”, the veteran Sports Administrator and Chairman, Kano State Sports Commission declared.