Former Director General of the Nigerian National Sports Commission (NSC) and FIFA executive committee member, Amos Adamu has called on Nigeria to support incubent CAF president Issa Hayatou for the presidency for another stint since being at the helm of affairs since 1988.
Adamu gave his backing to the Cameroonian and called him a ‘God sent’ that has helped Nigerian football for years and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should return the favour by supporting him against Ahmad Ahmad from Madagascar during the CAF elections on Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“Issa Hayatou has done a lot of good to Nigerian football, trust me,” Adamu told Complete Sports on Monday. “When our football was in crisis and FIFA threatened to ban us, who did we run to for help, Hayatou.
“He has stood by us in difficult moments, so now that he needs our little vote, is it fair that we deny him that support? The Nigeria Football Federation should back Hayatou. He is the ‘devil’ we know. It is better for us to support the ‘devil’ we know than the ‘angel’ we don’t know. Hayatou is God sent to Nigeria’s football.
“I don’t know who Ahmad Ahmad is. All I know about him is that he is said to be from Madagascar. We should not let our sentiments becloud our sense of judgement. If they put Hayatou and Ahmad side-by-side, surely I cannot go for Ahmad.”
The NFF president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has openly let known his support for Ahmad, even after initially meeting disagreements from Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and some federal govenment officials.
Adamu also talked on his recent ban by FIFA: “I have not been too keen on matters concerning the running of the Nigeria Football Federation because I have other
interests now,” he added.
“Football is a career, either as a player, coach or administrator that you devote plenty of time to. I don’t have any personal problem with anyone.
“And I want to reiterate that the FIFA ban has nothing to do with my stance. The NFF should do the right things.
Some people accuse me of so many things but when you are not guilty of something you don’t need to be worked up.
I’m innocent of all the accusations leveled against me anyway. I won’t appeal the FIFA ban.”
Aside from the battle for president, CAF Executive Committee members will also be elected for North Zone, West A Zone, West B Zone, Central Zone, Central-East Zone and Southern Zone. NFF president Amaju Pinnick is up against Benin Republic’s Anjorin Moucharafou.
“No comment on the election for that post. Let the winner from that one emerge before I will have something to say,” Adamu responded on Pinnick’s aspirations to win the election of the members of the CAF Executive Committee for the 2017 – 2021 cycle in the West B zone.