Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Dr. Emeka Okeke, son of Chief Godwin Ubaka Okeke, owner of G.U.O Transport Company has emerged chairman of the Anambra State Football Association.
Speaking at a news conference shortly after his inauguration at Bon Hotel Awka at the weekend, Okeke said his emergence as ANSFA boss ushered in a new era in Anambra football activities.
He said Anambra state would set a template for football events in the country and across the West African sub-region and would also ensure rapid development of grassroots football tournaments.
The new ANSFA helmsman stated, “Henceforth, you are going to hear about projects to elevate Anambra state football. You are going to hear about My Anambra football. We have three months to handle the affairs of Anambra state football; three months to support the electoral committee to get duly elected members of the FA.
“We would give a guarantee to the NFF and to the people of Anambra state that in 3 months, you Will see innovations that would drive development; promotion in infrastructures and human beings in all the 21 local government areas of Anambra state.
“In three months we would set a template that all state FAs in Nigeria and across West Africa would be measured in and it will start from here Anambra state. It’s time to get to work.”
Thereafter the new Anambra State Football Association chairman paid a courtesy call on the state commissioner of police CP John Bassey Abang where he established synergy and collaboration with the security agencies in the state, saying that football and other sports development can not be achieved without roburst partnership with the police and other security forces.
He said, “Part of what we are trying to do is to revitalize grassroots football and we can not achieve that if we don’t work closely with the security forces. We are not going to fight anybody but as part of encouragement, we want to make sure that the people we are going to take into these communites are safe; we want to make sure that host communites are safe too.
“You can not play football if you are not safe. So the police commissioner has assured us of maximum support. So I think we are ready to make history with all the stakeholders including the police,” the ANSFA boss emphasized.