Ex- Super Eagles players set to take over the running of Nigerian football, Pinnick, Dikko, Gusau football dynasty under threat
By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
Former Super Eagles players are strategically positioning themselves to take over the control of the affairs of football administration in Nigeria, pyramidsportsnews.com can reveal.
The appointment of Austin Eguavon into the capacity of interim Technical Adviser of Nigeria’s senior national team, Super Eagles has sent jitters to the camps of Shehu Dikko and Ibrahim Gusua, the duo who are suspected of eyeing to replace Amaju Pinnick at the helm of affairs.
Dikko and Gusau subtle power tussle to take over Sunday Dankaro house has continued to pose a puzzle waiting to be solved by the football fraternity in Arewa.
Our checks unveil that, 95 percent of the incumbent technical crew of the Super Eagles comprises of ex Super Eagles stars.
An impeccable source that confided in our reporter said “we are beginning to wonder, what Amaju is gunning at, by now surrounding the nucleus of the system with these ex players, who before now have continued to wage war against those of us, who are running Nigerian football , they have said that we did not play the game and now Amaju is strengthening their camp by appointing them into strategic position.
The source further said “Austin is now in charge surrounded by Alloy Agu, Joseph Yobo, Salisu Yusuf and Garba Lawal, Taribo West and Dosu and even Kanu Nwankwo are lurking in the dark around the system.
“Daniel Amokachi is now a presidential aide and he is using his position very well to promote what they as ex footballers can offer, we saw how he organized the just conclude presidential cup and it is clear he has the blessing of his colleagues .
“Victor Ikpeba is around and visible, Okocha is also around and visible, Emenalo, Olofinjana and even John Fashanu they are all around and waiting for the right time to surface.”
Our source confirmed the suspicion that the sports ministry is also pushing for ex footballers to outrun the football dynasty built around, Amaju, the incumbent NFF president, chained to his vice Shehu Dikko and the chairman of chairmen Ibrahim Gusau.
It si alleged that the ex players are enjoying tactical support from the federal and their government quarters, while volunteers, who are disgruntled with the current football administrative pattern in Nigeria have indicated their intention to mobilize other ex internationals at large couple with generate funds that will be required to execute the last lap of the ongoing subversive project.
Those behind the project , our correspondent gathered , that they are drown from the crop of Super Eagles players that represented Nigeria at Algiers 90, Senegal 92, Tunsia 94, Atlanta 96 and France 98 with a tickle of the numbers been from the victorious Green Eagles squad of 1980.
Our source further said “the recent taking over of Cameroonian football by Samuel Etoo is a stern warning signal and Didier Drogba in Ivory Coast making waves are all a pointer to what may happen in Nigeria soon.”
Adding that Mutiu Adepoju has now joined the array of renown football administration , saying Finidi George joining Eyimba international and within a short time has stamped his authority are all indications that the crop of ex Super Eagles players are roaring to take over the stage of soccer administration in Nigeria.
A football chieftain, who pleaded anonymity confided that there is indeed the threat of likely football coup detat in Nigeria’s soccer palace looms , noting that the hey days of Amaju, Dikko and Gusua is nose diving to an end, adding that the biggest threat that looms “ is that Nigerian have confidence in these ex players , they believe these ex players can deliver and that they the ex players have more passion for the game , unlike those presently running the game who are seen as visitors or even seen and described as opportunists, that is the truth, I can tell you.”
Our check however reveal that though there is a rancor within the ranks of the ex players, who form the core of the informal movement formed to achieve what they said is the revolution of football administration in Nigeria, it is disclosed that they are divided between the lines of their football career and academic achievements.”
An ex Super eagles star, who confided in our reporter said “ if you say there is problem among us the former Super Eagles , I will say it is right to say so.
“among us, some among us believe they played at a higher level than some others , there are some of us, who believe that they are more educated than the others, that it is they that should be allowed to come and run the show, there are those who feel they played at the higher level and they have also achieved better education that , since they have a combination of both good playing history and academic qualification, thinking they are best qualified to run the show,.”
“so you can see that with this situation , I wonder how we can defeat the cabal, but with what is happening in other countries, ex players are taking over and with Nigerians behind us, most of us are confident that we will overcome, take charge and return our game to where it belongs in Africa .
“don’t forget we have tasted glory as players, we know what is at stake and what should be done and we are ready to sacrifice to bring back the glorious days and sweet memories to Nigerians, if given the chance, NFF under an ex international will enjoy support , respect and blessing, from all corners .