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Pressure mounts on Gara Gombe to contest NFF Presidency

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As the election into the board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) approaches, pressure is reportedly being mounted on a former chairman of Gombe Football Association, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu-Gara Gombe, to join the race for the top job.

There were indications last week that the election would hold in September and candidates have since commenced moves to upstage the incumbent President Amaju Pinnick who is reportedly seeking a third term in office.

Yet people mounting pressure on Gombe include politicians, civil servants, diplomats, Nigerians in the diaspora and key figures in Corporate Nigeria who contend that the major challenges that have bedevilled Nigeria football over the years require a new direction through visionary leadership of the astute football administrator who is renowned as courageous, fearless, passionate and sincere.

Gara-Gombe has at different times been two-time chairman of Gombe United Football Club, member of Gombe State Sports Council Board, Secretary General of Nigeria Football Stakeholders Forum, Special Adviser on Sports Development to former Kano State governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and he is regarded as the youngest Match Commissioner ever in the history of Nigerian football after commissioning his first match at age 28 in Ibadan.

In addition to being vice chairman to Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka’s committee on the development of the Blueprint for the establishment of the Premier League in Nigeria, set up by then sports minister Stephen Akiga, he was also among the three Nigerian representatives at the CAF Elective Congress in Egypt where Dr. Amos Adamu was elected as CAF Executive Committee member.

At various times, he was consultant to both Julius Berger FC and Voice of Nigeria FC while his international pedigree also lately led him to being appointed as consultant to Avadas Football Club and Academy in Morocco.

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