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Taraba Football Association chairman, Timothy Heman has described his re-election as an opportunity to consolidate on his first term, adding that the game would witness significant changes as he began a fresh four-year term.

The football administrator, who on Wednesday beat his challenger with an impressive 14 votes out of 19 during the  State’s FA  2019 Elective Congress held at the headquarters of Bali LGA, said he was not going to rest on his oars.

“The election has come and gone but first and foremost I want to give thanks to my creator, Almighty God, for ensuring victory despite all the storms prior to the election,” he said. “I want to really thank the delegates for standing by me despite intimidations through the period of the campaign; now the hard work has started for us to reposition our football in the state.”

Heman noted that his blueprint towards development of the game at all levels in the state was intact even as he rallied for support of stakeholders in the state.

 He said: “My re-election is time for consolidation on what we gained during the last term and we are going to strategise again for the Headmaster Cup which is for discovery of talents from primary schools across the state.


“We are not losing focus for the Principal Cup for Secondary Schools and this term we are going to have a mock World Cup in the state aside the state league and State FA Cup competitions.”

Speaking further, Heman informed that his administration would be working in close partnership with the state’s Executive Governor, His Excellency Darius Dickson Ishaku, to turn around the fortunes of the beleaguered Taraba United during this spell.

“Personally, I’m not happy that our darling state’s club Taraba United had long been mismanaged due to lack of accountability and transparency on those saddled with the responsibility of managing the clubs,” he said.

“I’m going to ensure that the state government rejig the club because football is business and the government and the people of the state stand to gain if we have good management in place for Taraba united.”


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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