Nigeria too big to play second fiddle – Uchegbulam

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By Jacob Ajom

Reactions have continued to trail the open declaration of support by President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick for Ahmad, a candidate in the forthcoming Confederation of African Football presidential elections.

A member of CAF Judicial and Appeals Committee, Amanze Uchegbulam said the NFF President Amaju Pinnick’s declaration that he would vote for Ahmad was too hasty and disrespectful of   Nigerians serving in various CAF committees.

Amanze Uchegbulam

He said the NFF President’s position on the matter would not have mattered if he kept it to himself. “Nobody would have known his mind. He did not manage it well.”

In a chat with Sports Vanguard Monday, Uchegbulam said, “aware that his (Pinnick’s) office gives him the right to vote at the elections, it would only have been respectful for him to consult with those of us serving under Hayatou and tell us his position before going public. Only that way can we (in CAF) defend ourselves when questions are thrown at us by our principal. It will be embarrassing if you don’t know what to say or feign ignorance at such questions.”

Uchegbulam,who has been in CAF since 2006, said Nigeria should not be talking of supporting a candidate from Madagascar but to play the politics of replacing Hayatou. “Nigeria has spent so much money in CAF to take the top position by now; not to support a man from a country like Magadascar. Nigeria is too big to play a second fiddle. What has been their contribution to African football. We should rather be talking of taking the CAF presidency,” he said.

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