FA Chairmen await NFF’s response on Port Harcourt

Chairman of Chairmen of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Effiong Johnson says Football Association (FA) chairmen in the country are still waiting for the NFF to respond to their request to have the 2012 Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Federation shifted away from Port Harcourt.
FA Chairmen last week requested that the NFF took the AGA away from Port Harcourt because of what Johnson described as “unwarranted attack on football” by Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

Pic: NFF President, Aminu Maigari
Amaechi had accused the NFF of being corrupt at a Presidential Sports Retreat held in Abuja nearly two weeks ago, even calling for the dissolution of the board of the federation.

Despite calls from several quarters on FA Chairmen to soft peddle and have a rethink, Johnson who is also Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Football
Association said on Sunday that he and his colleagues would only appreciate a positive response from the NFF.

“We’ve made our position known to the NFF and have sought to have the venue of the AGA changed. We will only appreciate a positive response from the Federation.

“We have huge respect for Governor Amaechi and sincerely do appreciate his contribution to sports development in the country but we feel terrible that he could make such comments. This whole occurrence is regrettable because on a personal note, I’ve been looking forward to a wonderful AGA in Port Harcourt, but the chairmen have spoken.”

On why the NFF is yet to act on the request of the FA Chairmen despite being put on notice for close to a week now, Johnson said the silence of the football governing body was as a result principal officers being away from the country on official assignment.

“I was told that the President on the NFF was out of the country on an official assignment and a few board members have been indisposed as well. We hope to hear from them as soon as they are disposed.”

The 2012 Annual General Assembly of the NFF has been fixed to hold on November.

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