22 November 2010

Nigeria: Football Federation Nominates Galadima to Replace Adamu at CAF

Abuja — Less than a week after the dis-graceful ouster of Dr Amos Adamu, from FIFA and CAF, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has moved in to replace the former National Sports Commission boss by nominating former chairman, Ibrahim Galadima to seek election into the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

This endorsement follows the ban of Amos Adamu from the executive committees of both CAF and FIFA by its Ethics Committee for breaching FIFA code of ethics over the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting bids. Football officials, both at the sports ministry and the NFF are in full agreement with Galadima's nomination, according to an NFF official. "Nigeria is fully backing Galadima to get on the CAF exco. This was not the case with Ghana, for instance, where the government had a candidate and the FA had another. Now the government has to use its resources to ensure he is elected for Nigeria to still have a voice in international football." The NFF official said. Galadima's nomination accompanied by his CV was sent yesterday to CAF so as to beat yesterday's midnight deadline reserved for nominations for the CAF polls. The elections into the CAF executive committee will be conducted in Khartoum, Sudan, in February.

Leadership Sports also gathered from a top National Sports Commission source that the South African government has written Nigeria to support her candidate Danny Jordaan, eyeing both FIFA and CAF plum jobs.

NFF Secretary General, Musa Amadu confirmed the development yesterday stating that the move is to make sure Nigeria does not lose out completely. Galadima was Nigeria FA boss between 2002 and 2006. The Kano-born football administrator, known for his forthrightness and integrity, won re-election for another four-year term only for the sports ministry then headed by Ismaila Sambawa to force a re-run of the elections which brought in Sani Lulu. Last year, Galadima headed a special committee which supervised Kano Pillars CAF Champions League campaign. Debutants Pillars reached the semi-finals of the continent's foremost club competition.

With Agency Reports

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