Revealed: Ex- Super Eagles players set to take over the running of Nigerian football, Pinnick, Dikko, Gusau football dynasties under chronic threat




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, 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 .




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