The intrigues, drama, gimmicks and politics of the September 2018 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) election has been the talk of the town even before the abrupt end to the Super Eagles’ 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
Back biting, propaganda and unethical acts have dominated the airwaves.
With the Ambassador Chris Giwa led NFF group riding on a Court order and influence of the Sports Minister to take over in Abuja, the Tsunami might just be brutal.
Super Eagles failed to fly in the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they crashed out in the first round despite the huge resources doled out to the team.
It was alleged that monies was spent on irrelevant things at the Mundial.
Incumbent NFF President Melvin Amaju Pinnick fancies one more crack at the coveted but hot seat of the Glass House. It takes courage to aspire for such. Quite ambitious!
History suggests that might be a journey of no return considering the well documented and never ending “Indian Film” that usually ensue in the War Zone known as the “Glass House”.
Powers at the top and football fraternity have a way of plotting a bloodless coup to brush aside the incumbent and make him become a subject of mockery.
Ask Ibrahim Galadima, Lulu Abdullahi and Aminu Maigari. They will tell you their interesting but sad story.
History also suggests that Pinnick is a child of destiny considering his antecedents at Delta State Sports Commission. He won the seat at Confederation of African Football (CAF), even in the midst of enemies and envious personalities. He is a crude but ambitious leader who damns rants but play his cards well on the board.
Critics claim he has offended the gods, who aren’t willing to be appeased. They want their pound of flesh, which is through the Election.
Pinnick claims to have the support of the highly influential but unpredictable Northern bloc. The West are at the crossroad as regards their support for his ambition. The South East and South South are reportedly saying capital NO to his adventure. They feel this is payback time.
Where will the pendulum switch in the NFF election? The place to be is Kastina. Fingers crossed.
Before the election, do we need to be reminded that FIFA ban looms with the never ending Indian Film in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)?