The board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Honourable Nse Essien says the board is made up of people of integrity ready to change football narratives in the country.
Nse was part of the NFF board that was inaugurated replacing the board of FIFA Congress member, Amaju Pinnick.
He asked Nigerians to give the present NFF board under Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau a chance to prove themselves.
“I must ask Nigerians to give us a chance. We are a different body and NFF board led by Gusau that wasn’t at the leadership before,” He told Citizens FM Abuja.
“They must allow us to do our best. I feel so sad when the NFF is condemned for any little situation. They look at us as people that can’t do anything. It’s after four years that you can judge us. The NPFL and the NWFL are thriving. We inherited some situations. We have come with integrity to change the narratives.”
Nse was recently appointed as Honorary Special Adviser to the Akwa Ibom State Government and opined that the appointment was in recognition of his contribution to sports.
He said: “It’s a recognition of my contribution as far as sports development is concerned not just in the state but the country. Within this period, the Governor expected so much from me. My work will tell very soon.
“For the national sports festival, the expectation is to catch them young and allow them to excel. It’s not going to be football alone. We are going to be involved in athletics and other sports. I desire to contribute my quota by the time I leave office.”
The Nigeria senior national team returned to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo Akwa Ibom State capital during the last game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers with a 6-0 win over Sao Tome and Principe.
“The NFF has an understanding of the Akwa Ibom State Government.” He continues. “There is a Memorandum of Understanding that the Super Eagles will be playing here. The state government is already committed to ensuring that the facility is in good shape to enable the team to qualify for the World Cup and good preparation for the Nations Cup in Cote d’Ivoire. We are ready. The fans are ready. We have not seen grade-A football in the state for some time. That was why the excitement was there against Sao Tome and Principe.” He concluded.
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