Galadima announces 1 GAME support

Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, Ibrahim Galadima has announced his support for the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign, believing that football will benefit immensely from the initiative.

The 60 year old football administrator told 1 GAME’s Chuma Nnoli that the game requires discipline from all quarters to achieve sustainable development.

“I have been following with keen interest, some notable Nigerians that have joined the campaign and obviously, it is worth commending. Those who are behind this need to be appreciated for what they are doing.”

“I want to strongly suggest that the nation should stand up against every act that brings us so much embarrassment and problem in our football.” He said

“I’m fully in support of whatever is done by people of this kind of vision. We must do everything we can to curb violence in football.” Galadima added.

Born on June 14, 1951 in Fagge, Kano, Galadima was Chairman of the Kano State Football Association between 1977 and 1979. He was Executive Chairman of the Kano State Sports Council between 1981 and 1983. The following year, he was appointed a Member of the Caretaker Committee of the National Sports Commission.

He was elected 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) in 1985, a position he held until 1987 before he was again made Chairman of the Kano State Sports Council.

Galadima was appointed Commissioner for Social Welfare, Youth and Sports in 1989 and later made the Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport. He was appointed Member of the Presidential Monitoring Committee on stadia development for the Nigeria 1995 FIFA World Youth Championship (FIFA moved the tournament at the last hour as a result of health issues), and has also served as Member of CAF’s Youth Competitions Committee.

In 1999, Galadima was Chairman of the Kano Sub-seat of the Nigeria 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was elected Chairman of the then Nigeria Football Association in 2002.

Galadima joins a reputable list of local and international icons from the sporting world whose involvement in the 1 GAME campaign has helped promote its call for an end to violence and fanaticism in football.
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