By Chimezie Anaso
Awka, Oct. 10, 2020 Chikelue Iloenyosi, a retired Nigerian footballer, on Saturday said becoming the Anambra State Football Association (AnSFA) Chairman would help to revive football and restore its glory in the state.
Iloenyosi who picked a nomination form for the Oct. 30 election said the situation at the AnSFA in recent years have not been amenable to the development of football.
”There is a need for a more active and purposeful leadership,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they AnSFA Electoral Committee led by Obinna Dike had said sale and return of nomination forms would run from Oct. 2 to Monday.
Elections into the state’s Local Football Councils and the AnSFA Board will then hold on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 respectively.
Iloenyosi said he could no longer stand by and watch things go bad in his home state having been exposed to best practices across the world as a footballer and administrator.
He said he wants to make the Anambra FA the best in the country.
”This will be in terms of providing the best opportunities to all stakeholders, including club owners and players, to optimise their potential,” the former Super Eagles defender said.
“There is need for healing in the FA, through the resolution of every crisis in the state’s football.
”Also, we have to develop young talents and ensure that our professional and amateur clubs were encouraged.”
Iloenyosi assured that he would ensure that Anambra raised more international stars, through a robust grassroots football development programme.
“I will also develop the tourism potentials of Anambra and use my reach to attract corporate sponsorships for our various competitions, “ he added.
Iloenyosi also said if he was elected AnSFA Chairman he would give attention to women football and other deserving stakeholders.
He promised that he would ensure there was a synergy with the players union, referees association, and the coaches association in the state.
“While I applaud all those who have served in AnSFA in one way or the other for their contributions, but there is the need to change the narrative.
“All stakeholders of football and other participants should support me and vote for me, and I can promise that I will not let anyone down,” Iloenyosi, who is an aide to Amaju Pinnick, the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said