As the electoral processes into the 36 states’ football associations in Nigeria begin on Monday with that of Lagos State FA, senior vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi has a titanic race to run as owner of 36 Lion FC, Gafar Liameed is contesting the chairmanship with him.
Akinwunmi, an experienced and grassroots football administrator is the chairman of the Lagos FA. Ordinarily, it should be an easy ride for him considering his wealth of experience and administrative savvy, which has made him turn the Lagos FA into a model football association, but his challenger is not a Lilliputian.
He too is deeply involved in grassroots football, especially with his 36 Lion FC. He has been a board member in Lagos FA. His club has also steadily risen from the amateur rank to the second tier Nigerian Nationwide League.
But Akinwunmi in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria remarked that he was not done yet with his lofty agenda for football in Lagos State and Nigeria at large.
“I have an unfinished agenda”, said the man whose foundation has greatly imparted on many Nigerian youths. He also the driving force of the youth development programme of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Most of the players in the Golden Eaglets team that featured at Tanzania 2019 were products of his youth development programme done in conjunction with Zenith Bank.
His Eko Football programme has been one of the biggest talent-hunting project in Nigerian football.
In Monday’s election holding in Victoria Island Lagos, 13 electorates will decide by simple majority. A source informed that at least eight of them are well disposed to Akinwunmi to continue on the saddle.