FC Ifeanyiubah of Nnewi proprietor, Chief (Dr) Ifeanyi Ubah took his battle for election into the board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a step far in a physical confrontation with League Management Company (LMC) chairman, Shehu Dikko on the sidelines of the World Cup in Russia.
Ubah has been cited as one of the aspirants for the post of NFF president, currently held by Amaju Pinnick, among whose sidekicks is Dikko, who also happens to be second vice-president of the nation’s soccer governing body.
Though no details could be garnered about the crux of the matter between both top shots of Nigerian football, observers say it might not be unconnected with their different leanings in the NFF Election, billed for September 29 in Katsina.
Already, information has spread wide among the Nigerian community and stakeholders in Russia for the World Cup that the face-off was not unconnected with politicking ahead of the NFF polls.
With the Super Eagles out of the World Cup, the forthcoming NFF elections is now the key focus for the NFF officials, as they have begun manoeuvring to woo the delegates.
Cash will again play a crucial role in the next NFF vote and, after much haggling, state FA chairmen were paid $4,000 for being part of the World Cup jamboree.
The 36 FA chairmen plus that of the FCT are the bulk of the 44-man congress who will vote for a new executive committee of the NFF on September 29 in Katsina.
Former top NFF chieftains who also made the trip to Russia were paid $3,000 a man after they also turned down an initial offer of $1,500, while recalling that, at the September 2014 polls in Warri, the leading candidate paid as much as $13,000 to each delegate
A source told SportsDay: “The FA chairmen rejected an initial $3,000 before they settled for $4,000 in Saint Petersburg. Their secretaries, who will not vote at the elections, were paid half that sum.”