Nige­ria should first pro­duce CAF pres­i­dent - Kaave

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @Ngob­ua­david

Former board mem­ber of the then Nige­ria Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, NFA, Am­bas­sador Chive Kaave has said Nige­ria’s pri­or­ity should be to pro­duce the next pres­i­dent of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball (CAF).

The im­me­di­ate past Am­bas­sador of Nige­ria to Ar­gentina was speak­ing to Daily Trust on the on­go­ing hues and cries over the fail­ure of Nige­ria to pro­duce a can­di­date in the Fe­bru­ary 26, 2016 FIFA pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Kaave, a former chair­man of the once dreaded BCC Lions of Gboko said Nige­ria should first as­pire to pro­duce the next pres­i­dent of CAF.

He said if a Nige­rian be­comes pres­i­dent of CAF, he would have a more re­al­is­tic chance of be­com­ing FIFA pres­i­dent, main­tain­ing that the road to FIFA’s ex­alted seat is nor­mally through the pres­i­dency of the re­gional foot­ball bod­ies as he ex­plained fur­ther that re­gional pres­i­dents are usu­ally vice-pres­i­dents of FIFA.

The former Benue State Com­mis­sioner of Jus­tice also said with their pedi­gree, Odeg­bami and Kalu can go for CAF pres­i­dency and from there vie for FIFA pres­i­dency.

“First Nige­ria should work hard to pro­duce the next CAF pres­i­dent. We have the peo­ple who are ably qual­i­fied to lead CAF.

“It will in­ter­est you to know that re­gional pres­i­dents are au­to­mat­i­cally vice-pres­i­dents of FIFA. Once we are able to pro­duce CAF pres­i­dent, Nige­ria will have a strong voice in FIFA,” he noted.

Ifeanyi Ge­orge of Eny­imba cel­e­brates his goal against Rangers at Nnamdi Azikiwe In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium with team­mates.

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