Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Peterside Idah has officially declared his candidacy for the post of President of the Football Federation of Nigeria.
The ex-international, who is also a sports analyst for Super Sports, spoke on Wednesday in Abuja, where he noted that a strong footballing nation like Nigeria, with a rich footballing history, needs someone one to drive it globally. Furthermore, he said that Nigerian football needs to be operated in two ways: the national team and the Nigerian professional football league, which need to be fixed if we are to progress.
“I am committed to working with people at different levels of society, government, business, to do everything possible to restore the pride of Nigerian football,” he said. He added: “If I become the president of the Nigerian Football Federation, I will propose and undertake to establish a world class football center at the national level, such as the Mohammed of Morocco, the 6th football center which has ‘world-class equipment, and accommodation designed to develop top football stars’.
The declared candidate also makes women’s football a priority. “I will strive to galvanize the women’s league not only by increasing the amount of prize money for eventual league winners, but also by actively seeking sponsors for teams struggling to maintain their status in the league. We will strive to increase television coverage and seek sponsorships for all club teams nationwide. No football club should find themselves in a situation where they cannot pay their players or afford to travel to attend away games”.
For Idah Peterside, “Nigeria deserves to benefit from the experience and know-how of former footballers like me who want to serve our beautiful country”. He, however, presented an 8-point program for the full restoration of Nigerian football. This program includes: a more inclusive and democratic NFF, the development of the local league level, including the pro league and the second division, to focus on women’s football, the establishment of a world class football center on a national level. Other items on the agenda are: funds for state football and affiliated associations, a registration system for former international footballers, the introduction of TV rights and sponsorship deals, as well as the development of grassroots football.
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