This Day (Lagos)

8 November 2012

Africa: Afcon Duties - NFF Congratulates Oneya, Ojo-Oba, Bassey, Others

The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday congratulated eminent Nigerians who have been appointed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to help deliver a successful 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Former NFF President, Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd) is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations and will therefore be in South Africa.

Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, immediate past NFF General Secretary and a CAF Match Commissioner and Instructor, will serve as Security Officer during the tournament. Ojo-Oba only returned to Nigeria on Monday from Egypt, where he had gone to command proceedings as Match Commissioner in the CAF Champions League final, first leg match between Cairo giants Al Ahly and Cup holders Esperance of Tunisia.

Member of NFF Technical Committee, Etubom Paul Bassey, has been appointed by CAF as General Coordinator for Group A of the tournament.

The well-travelled journalist, who is also a CAF General Coordinator, was invited to the Draw Ceremony held in Durban last month and subsequently bagged the appointment as the Super Eagles were thrown in a different pool for the group phase.

Bassey, a former member of the CAF Media Committee, will superintend proceedings in Johannesburg and Durban, where host South Africa, Angola, Morocco and Cape Verde will do battle in the group phase of the tournament that will take place between January 19 - February 10.

Bassey will automatically be in the thick of organization of the opening and closing ceremonies, with Johannesburg's choice theatre, Soccer City, set to host both mega shows.

Coordinator of the Women's National Teams, Aisha Falode is a member of the CAF Media Committee and will also serve in that capacity at the finals, while Mr. Samson Adamu will work as an Assistant General Coordinator.

NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, said: "The appointment of these prominent and hard working Nigerians is further proof of the high regard that the Confederation of African Football has for our people, and how much they value our contributions to the African game. We are very proud of them and their work and we wish them another flawless and blameless output at the Africa Cup of Nations."

The Super Eagles will play in Group C of the finals, in Nelspruit and Rustenburg, alongside Cup holders Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

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