The 2012 Annual General Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) begins in Port Harcourt today. Chairmen of the 36 state football associations in the country as well as top officials of the NFF will converge in the capital to deliberate on issues surrounding Nigerian football in the past year.
The venue of the congress had been dogged with controversy with association chairmen kicking against the choice of Port Harcourt as venue for the congress following comments credited to the Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi accusing the NFF of corruption.
It was put to rest when president of the NFF, Aminu Maigari insisted it holds in the Rivers State capita. "We expect a very good congress in Port Harcourt as we prepare to take our football forward. It has been an eventful year and all members of the Nigerian football family will be sharing ideas on how to move the game forward," Maigari told supersport.com.
Rivers State sports commissioner, Fred Igwe speaking on his expectations ahead of the congress said. "You know decisions that change the face of football in a country are taken at congresses of this magnitude and I am confident that in another one year, Nigerians will say the round leather game has moved one step forward and credit will be given to Port Harcourt for not only hosting a successful congress but creating the serene atmosphere that gave rise to positive growth of the game," he said. The 2012 congress ends tomorrow.