The number of Nigerians appointed into important positions in world football since the emergence of NFF President Amaju Pinnick as CAF Executive Committee member has continued to increase as emergency committee of CAF appointed Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, the proprietor of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, FC IfeanyiUbah, into the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah is one of the first clubs in Nigeria to build its own football stadium from the scratch and Ubah, also the chairman of Anambra State FA, has established a policy of attracting good hands in technical and playing realms, which has seen Brazilian coaches and players from other African countries serve the club.
The club also has a sustainable youth development programme, with young players, who step up to the plate regularly promoted to the senior squad.
“Nigeria is very happy with this appointment. It is a big plus for private football club owners in our country. Chief (Dr) Ifeanyi Ubah has done very well over the years and he very much deserves this appointment.
“I am of the belief that he will justify the confidence reposed in him and bring his wealth of experience to bear in serving the committee,” Pinnick, who is also a member of the CAF emergency committee and president of the AFCON organizing committee, told thenff.com.
The AFCON, which started as a three-team tournament in 1957, is CAF’s flagship championship, and will blossom into a one-month, 24-team tournament beginning from next year’s edition in Cameroon.
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