#BounceExclusive: Why I Reported Ifeanyi Ubah To FIFA - Club Boss
When Anambra FA Chairman, Ifeanyi Ubah was celebrating his 47th birthday on Monday, September 3rd, he may have cherished a message world football governing body, FIFA.
However, instead of any form of felicitation, Ubah has been reported to the world body for allegedly trying to stand in a way of an aspirant, Chinedu Okoye who is ready to battle it out against incumbent, Amaju Pinnick at the NFF Polls.
In an exclusive chat with Bounce Sports, Okoye described the actions and inactions of Ubah as laughable.
But he was quick to add that it would not deter him as he has been able to ‘circumvent’ the Anambra FA Chairman.
“Yes, I have reported Ifeanyi Ubah to FIFA not because I want them to take any particular action against him but for the records. If the NFF electoral committee try anything funny, then FIFA can know where we are coming from,” Okoye who is the chairman of Nigeria National League, NNL side Bimo Sporting Club told Bounce Sports.
As one of the requirements for any contesting candidate at the NFF polls, he or she must be endorsed by at least three state FA chairmen including one from their own state.
It was however gathered that when Okoye approached Ubah to have his form endorsed he was turned down for flimsy reasons.
Okoye alleged that Ubah said he would have to get a green light from Pinnick before he does the needful.
“You can imagine someone who muscled his way to become the chairman of Anambra FA trying to deny a person like me from contesting at the NFF, I will tell him that he has failed in that bid, the NFF electoral committee will be interviewing me this week so I don’t even need Ubah”, Okoye boasted.
Okoye said he is ready to challenge Pinnick and whoever turns up for the NFF polls as he will be bringing innovations to help change the face of football in Nigeria.
“I am already gathering support from across the country because our football cannot continue like this, with my six-point agenda, Nigeria football will be better for it as the match-fixing, corruption and other vices plaguing us must be squarely addressed,” the former football referee in the Swiss Liga posited.
When some form of reactions was being sought from an aide of Ubah, he declined and explained that he had not received any authorization to speak on the matter.
See the petition sent to FIFA HERE