A director of the League Management Company, Dr. Isaac Ayodele, has thrown his weight behind the current board of the Nigeria Football Federation led by the president, Amaju Pinnick, ahead of the September 20 election of the NFF board in Katsina
The former chairman of the Ekiti State Football Association told our correspondent that Pinnick and his two vice presidents, Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, have changed the face of football in the country.
“We have never had it so good in recent years in our football,” he said.
“When last did we have so many of our citizens at different position in FIFA and CAF? Imagine Pinnick as Number two man in CAF, it showed that the World football governing body is now giving us our due.
“It is not just about the president alone, but he was able to get this far because of the support of his associates, especially the two vice, Akinwunmi and Dikko, they have been given him the needed support which has been helping him to get this far.
“Left for me, I am of the opinion that they should be allowed to continue with the good work and hopefully, the others can give them the necessary backing.”
Speaking further, the former chairman Ekiti State Sports Council, said the involvement of Akinwunmi in youths development has resulted in having so many young players in the Super Eagles same as Dikko, who has changed the face of the Nigeria Professional Football League through the LMC.
He added: “We are now having true Golden Eaglets players unlike in the past. If people look at the performance of the team currently competing in Niger, they have shown class despite their age.
“His involvement in the future stars with the introduction of the NPFL/La Liga U-15 alongside the LMC chairman has forced clubs in the country to have U-15 team. The future is bright with Akinwunmi handling the youth development.
“People should also look at the hard work of Dikko in positioning the NPFL as a league to be reckoned with.
“The partnership with La Liga and also helping to seek sponsors to list the clubs on the stock exchange market should be applauded. I am giving them my full support because we need people like that in our football.”