Despite the triumph of the Golden Eaglets Friday in Abu Dhabi it was a show of shame and national disgrace as NFF General secretary Barrister Musa and the Federations First Vice President Chief Mike Umeh exchanged blows in public, right inside the stadium.
Eye witness account has it that problem started brewing early evening when Chief Umeh wondered why members of the League Management Committee were allocated “ better cars” than NFF chieftains.
He then and there told a colleague that Musa was incompetent and not fit to handle NFF matters.
On getting to the stadium, Chief Umeh was given a Category 1 ticket and again he complained insisting that every country was given 20 VIP tickets and wondered why he could not have one as NFF Vice President.
At the stadium Chief Umeh boiled over when he saw members of the LMC in the VIP Box and challenged the GS who said he knew nothing about it “Oga two of us are seating here, I don’t know anything about tickets besides I just arrived yesterday “ the General Secretary replied.
He was shocked when Chief Umeh said “you are a useless man . I have to trek five minutes to ease myself in a competition that belongs to us?”
That really got Barrister Ahmadu angry and he told him to withdraw the statement. Instead Chief Umeh repeated it and the General Secretary said he was a “ hopeless man”. As they were sitting together they rose to their feet and went for each other’s jugular saying a lot of unprintable things.
The intervention of some board members including Chief Inyama and some Management staff did little to assuage them.
It took some time to get Musa to leave the seat for another one.
A board member has called for a probe of the incidence when they get back home.
“It was shameful to say the least. Chief Umeh did not behave maturely but there is need to find out where all our VIP tickets went to,” he said.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the NFF is spoiling for a war with the National Sports Commission, NSC over its penchant for sidelining it whenever football matters get to the presidency.
An inside NFF source said the federation members were not happy when the NSC failed to provide seat for them during the reception for the Super Eagles after they won the Africa Nations Cup in South Africa.
“The NFF is not ready to be pushed aside when the President hosts the Eaglets in Abuja. This ceremony is an NFF ceremony, so the NSC should not push the NFF aside. In fact theNFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari has done well and should be commended. He even deserves a national honour,” the source stressed.
President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to host the victorious Golden Eaglets today in Aso Rock to show the country’s appreciation for their feat at the U-17 World Cup which has brought honour to the country, his Media aide, Dr. Rueben Abati disclosed shortly after the team won the trophy Friday.