November 28, 2022



Soccer First: Seyi Akinwunmi ticking all of the containers for NFF President.

Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi

“I’m from the north and I’ve endorsed Seyi. NFF affairs have by no means been a problem or politics of the place anybody comes from. It’s about competence and my conscience tells me that Seyi is eminently an excellent persona that may take Nigerian soccer to the place all of us all want.”

This was former Sokoto State FA Chairman and one Nigerian soccer’s best voices, Mallam Danladi Bako, introducing Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (BSA) to the viewers on the current official launch of Akinwunmi manifesto and marketing campaign to guide Nigerian soccer.

Mallam Bako pulled no punches in explaining why he feels BSA is the proper man to succeed Amaju Pinnick, and take Nigeria soccer to better heights with a holistic method {and professional} execution.

“Seyi is one man we respect a lot,” he continued. “That’s the reason the who’s who in Nigerian soccer got here to grace his declaration. Those that determine our destiny in Nigerian soccer, the congressmen are current right here. They’ve a option to make at any time when the time comes as to who they endorse however by me being current right here, it has given assist to Seyi.”

Mallam Bako additional made the purpose to underline the spirit wherein soccer unifies Nigeria, and what assist of BSA means. “If I and people of us who don’t wish to deliver politics of area and ethnicity into the elections are supporting him, what else? What goes round will come round. As soon as upon a time you had Alhaji Galadima, adopted by Sani Lulu adopted by Aminu Maigari. One stretch of three chairmen from the North, so why didn’t you complain at the moment? So for those who observe my drift I’m searching for the benefit and one of the best materials.”

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Because the date for election of NFF President, vice Presidents and different govt committee members on thirtieth September attracts close to, most soccer stakeholders and observers appear to think about BSA the entrance runner and nearly sure of the highest job in Nigerian soccer – if the end result had been based mostly solely on benefit.

Akinwunmi, the incumbent Lagos State Soccer Affiliation (LSFA) Chairman, has a popularity for specializing in grassroots and colleges soccer, together with his Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Basis providing scholarships to indigent youngsters – in addition to operating LSFA more and more as a business enterprise.

His tenure has seen LSFA introduce Nigerian soccer as a key a part of the worldwide soccer enterprise within the twenty first century. In 2012, the LSFA organized Soccerex West Africa, the primary time the sports activities enterprise discussion board got here to this a part of the world outdoors South Africa

Akinwunmi additionally led a rebrand of soccer in Lagos by making a business model for LSFA, ekoFootball, an entity that drove company partnerships via energetic stakeholder engagement, sound enterprise propositions, and stable governance.

What makes BSA the standout candidate – and demonstrates him strolling the stroll of his Soccer First imaginative and prescient – is his report in colleges soccer and youth improvement at LSFA.

The Lagos State Youth Soccer League stays probably the most vibrant throughout the nation. As NFF 1st Vice President, Akinwunmi led the Zenith Financial institution under-13 nationwide crew mission; whereas additionally steering via the adoption of the Channels Children Cup by the NFF as a protected match.

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Most knowledgeable observers appear to be of the view that the scope, depth and innovation of BSA on the helm of LSFA make him a really robust benefit based mostly contender.

As a protracted standing company lawyer with over 30 years of expertise, Akinwunmi would additionally deliver integrity to the workplace, together with the analytical thoughts to chop via to crucial points. He’s a person who will get issues carried out in soccer.

Add to this his quiet however impactful work in his space of duty within the outgoing govt crew – youth improvement; and it’s straightforward to see why Akinwunmi is extensively believed to be probably the most competent man for the job.

His vibrant declaration occasion was graced by FA Chairmen from all of the geo-political zones, different NFF Congress members, retired internationals, soccer directors, representatives of company Nigeria, and a myriad of members of the Nigerian soccer household who BSA has helped through the years.

The viewers composition, glowing endorsements, and reception to his nicely articulated technique for Nigerian soccer all level to his early lead.

Actually this displays a basic want in soccer circles to revive the dignity of actual Nigerian soccer tradition. That is in keeping with the Federal Authorities’s just lately revealed place on how Nigerians need their primary sport to be managed and projected.

Mallam Bako, who has a protracted standing publicity to and expertise of soccer and its administration in Nigeria defined the traits we’d like on the apex of the NFF.

“I desire a President that can use our cash judiciously and is accountable. I desire a President that can handle all nationwide groups with out giving excuses of no cash.

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“I desire a President who won’t solely entice sponsorship or have interaction coaches, however disclose the phrases and any contract contents to Nigerians. I desire a President who will reengineer Nigerian soccer from grassroots.

“Whoever wins this election, I urge everybody to assist him… I’m very a lot assured that Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi will win based mostly on his monitor report. Anybody who can successfully handle Lagos FA, a Lagos with over 20 million inhabitants, a inhabitants of one other African nation, can do very nicely as President of NFF. So Seyi has rather a lot to supply.”

Barrister Akinwunmi, is his declaration speech, made the next dedication to the Nigeria soccer household. “I assure you that as a lot as I like soccer, as a lot as I like my buddies, one factor that’s paramount in my thoughts is soccer. As a lot as I like and cherish the camaraderie that we share and that’s soccer, and that should come first. Nigeria soccer can change, provided that we put soccer first.”

BSA launched his anchor four-point agenda: Infrastructure, Growth, Enterprise and Expertise.

Responding to Akinwunmi’s imaginative and prescient for Nigerian soccer, Remo Stars Chairman and sports activities betting billionaire, Mr Kunle Soname remarked that, “soccer wherever on this planet has gone past mere rhetorics to strategic enterprise mannequin which is able to partaking everybody , particularly younger folks and provides them significant life.”

He continued, “so redirecting the main focus of Nigerian soccer is paramount if we should obtain the specified purpose.”

A shortlist of candidates shall be launched by the NFF Election Committee on Monday, twelfth September.