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Chairman of the Anambra State FA Caretaker Committee Dr Emeka Okeke resigned as head of the football body amid plaudits from football stakeholders.
The Nigeria Football Federation on August 3 set up a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the state FA, following the expiration of the tenure of the Dr Ifeanyi Ubah-led board, pending the conduct of fresh elections.
The committee, which was inaugurated in Awka, the Anambra State capital on August 6, had a three-month tenure and will conduct fresh election into the FA November 2.
The Okeke-led committee had other five members namely Victor Nwangwu (vice chairman), Nonso Philip, Charity Okonkwo, Onyeabo Success and Onyedika Chijioke (secretary).
Speaker, Anambra State House of Assemby, Uchenna Okafor, described the committee’s activities as “revolutionary” in Anambra football.
‘The day the caretaker committee was announced and inaugurated, there was a great jubilation in Anambra State in terms of youth sports and activities because we see you as the revolutionary of what football will be in Anambra State,’ Okafor said in a video.
Former Super Falcons star Maureen Mmadu hailed the committee for setting up ‘My Anambra Football’ campaign, an initiative designed to promote and elevate grassroots football in the state.
She added that the committee’s efforts in rebranding the state FA, as well as the founding of Anambra Bombers and Anambra Babes by Governor Willy Obiano were commendable.
‘I think the committee has done well in such a short time. A lot of things have changed in Anambra football; the FA has been moved to a better and more befitting office,’ Mmadu said.
‘There is insurance policies for the clubs, beach soccer has commenced in the state, while there is a lot of concentration on the grassroots. The provision of two new buses has also helped the FA greatly in reaching out to every part of the state.’
As part of efforts to bring back women’s football in Anambra State, Mmadu, My Anambra Football ambassador, screened budding footballers, supported by the caretaker committee.
‘This will help in unearthing talents that will take over from and other retired women’s footballers in the state,’ Mmadu added.
Olisa Onuchukwu, CEO/Sporting Director, Nnewi United, said, ‘For the first time in 20 years, we saw things done correctly in the Anambra FA, all the sectors were carried along.’
On assumption of office, Okeke had pledged that the committee would help conduct credible elections into the state FA November 2.
‘We had three months to get the electoral committee get duly elected members into the board to run the affairs of the state FA. We want a new leadership in Anambra FA, the type of leadership that includes everyone,’ Okeke stated.
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