By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The Chairman of Anambra State Footfall Association (ANSFA), Chief Chikeluo Iloenyonsi (General), says his administration will introduce beach soccer in the state, noting that there are lots of competitions lined up in that sector.
Chief Iloenyonsi, a former Super Eagles player, stated this in Awka while addressing football stakeholders and assured that he was ready to render nothing but service to the football family.
According to the FA boss, politics had come and gone and it was about time football took the centre stage, saying that he was not around to witch-hunt anyone but to bring everyone on board.
‘I am concerned about developing grassroots football, under 13s and under 17s. This is time for total football. I am here for serious business. I need your support. I will not do it alone,’ he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Secretary of Anambra State Football Association, ANSFA, Mr Chijioke Onyedika, said he received a letter from the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, urging him to recognize Chief Iloenyonsi as the Chairman of ANSFA with immediate effect.
In their separate speeches, Chief Uzor Epundu and Engr Okay Okeke, Local Football Coach, and Chairman, Dunukofia, enjoined all to support the new leadership, emphasizing the importance of involving the LFC Chairmen of various Local government Areas.
Engr Okeke regretted that Local Football Council chairmen had been neglected for too long and pleaded with the new chairman to give the LFC chairmen their pride of place by involving them in the scheme of things, saying that there was no way football would be developed in the state without the LFC chairmen.
Chief Epundu called for training and retraining of all facets of football in the state, noting that it would enable all to know what affiliation football was all about.
Stakeholders present include, referees society, coaches association, players union and club owners.