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Anambra FA’s Caretaker Committee boss vows to unite all interests after inauguration

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Thursday, inaugurated a six-man Caretaker Committee to pilot the affairs of Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) in the next three months.

The inauguration was conducted by Ibrahim Gusau, Chairman of Chairmen and member of Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Board in Awka.

Gusau who represented NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said the committee was duly constituted by the NFF in view of the fact that the tenure of Ifeanyi Ubah led the executive committee had elapsed on Aug. 2.

He said the electoral committee was unable to conduct the elections on July 27 and July 28 as scheduled because of COVID-19 protocols of Anambra government.

Gusau said the committee should adopt and work with the existing Jude Anyadufu led electoral committee which was still valid to conduct a conclusive election.

He said there was no dual leadership in Anambra FA as the federation was duly communicated on Aug. 3, by the Secretary of Anambra FA that there was a leadership vacuum, hence the constitution of the caretaker committee.

The caretaker committee was headed by Emeka Okeke, President of Aspire FC Adazi Ani with veteran administrator, Victor Nwangwu as Vice chairman. Others were Philip Udala, Charity Okonkwo, Success Onyeabo and Chijioke Onyedika as Secretary.

Emeka Okeke, the Chairman of Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) Caretaker Committee, says his team will harmonise all interests in the state’s football community for the common good of the game.

Okeke, while speaking after his committee’s inauguration on Thursday in Awka, also assured of the committee’s commitment to deliver on its mandate.

He said the committee would do this within the three-month timeline given by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after Ibrahim Gusau, an NFF Executive Committee member, inaugurated the caretaker team.

He had said the committee had the mandate to work with the Jude Anyadufu-led electoral committee to conduct elections for AnSFA. It had also attempted to conclude the task by conducting a virtual election which produced Ifeanyi Ubah as State FA Chairman on Sunday.

But the NFF rejected this by saying the State FA Secretariat had since informed it of a vacuum as a result of that government directive.

Okeke has now assured that he and his colleagues were fully aware of their mandate and they would work with everyone to ensure that Anambra football got the best.

“It is a new dawn in Anambra. As you all are aware, the AnSFA 2020 caretaker committee has been inaugurated by the NFF to take care of the board for a period of three months.

“We will promote football and ensure that a duly elected board emerge within the period.

“Here we have stakeholders, lovers of football, people with passion who contribute heavily to ensure that football activities strive in our local communities. We shall bring all these interest groups together.

“From day one, we shall identify these stakeholders and galvanise all of them into one entity. Football has one language, and that is why we are saying that we will bring everyone under one roof,” he said.

Okeke urged those with grievances or who felt offended to join hands with the committee, adding that their doors were open to all.