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Ethnic sentiment in NFF elections worries Odegbami

Former Green Eagles captain Chief Segun Odegbami has advised candidates from the south of the country seeking to be the next president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to rethink.
He said it would be difficult for a southerner to replace outgoing NFF boss Pinnick Amaju.
The footballing legend, who was part of the Green Eagles Africa Cup of Nations winning team in 1980, also told the Tidesports source on Wednesday that the 37 presidents of the State Football Association (FA) are not not have the legal right to vote in any country. election organized by the NFF.
“The presidents of the 37 FA states organize football in their states, not in the clubs. It may sound technical, but the truth is that they don’t have the legal right to vote in an election run by the NFF.
Odegbami had said in an interview on Tuesday that ethnic sentiment would play a huge role in the September 30 NFF elections slated for Benin City, Edo State.
Odegbami has competed for the position of NFF chief three times without success. More than 11 candidates are in the race to succeed Pinnick this month.
They include NFF First Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi; President of Presidents, Ibrahim Gusau; former NFF Secretary Musa Amadu; CAF Director of Security Christian Emeruwa; former Super Eagles goalkeeper and media officer, Peterside Idah; former player Benedict Akwuegbu; former SWAN Chairman and Managing Director, Heartland FC, Fan Ndubuoke, former NSC Director and current Chief of Staff to the Minister of Sports, Abba Yola, former player, Jonathan Akpoborie and former board member of administration of the NFF, Amamze Uchegbulam.