Former Super Eagles coach Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has given his backing to the new leadership of the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
This follows Ahmad Ahmad’s stunning victory over long-serving CAF president Issa Hayatou at the 39th CAF Ordinary General Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last Thursday.
Onigbinde, a former Fifa instructor says change was long overdue at CAF and called on Madagascar’s Ahmad to lay emphasis on development if he wants to succeed.
“I congratulate him. I believe he will come in with new ideas. The only thing that is constant in this life is change and the situation of African football has been expecting some changes,” Onigbinde told Goal.
“There should be more emphasis on development because in Fifa regulations under objectives, the opening sentence reads – to improve the game of football constantly. Competition is supposed to be a by-product, it should be used to assess the level of development so if you’re concentrating on competition without development, you are wasting your time.
The Modakeke Chief hailed outgoing Hayatou as a “gentleman” but insists the continental body needed a bit more dynamism going forward.
“He was easily buttoned, not dynamic enough, probably that is his own nature. Inspite of that, I think he did a lot of good work for African football, but football just like other sports needs dynamism and when you are in leadership especially in Africa, you need to be a man of yourself but if you are one that they can push around, of course you will be like a leaf on top of a flowing river. I think the new man should improve from that because there is need for more dynamism and self-confidence.”
The two-time Super Eagles coach also expressed his delight with the victory of Amaju Pinnick, calling on the NFF chief to put the nation’s interest first at all times.
“Pinnick’s victory is a good one for Nigeria, once again we have another person there after Amos Adamu and we hope he can do some good works for Nigeria,” he continued.
”I was in Caf technical committee for about 25 years and I know a few areas where I had to push things through for Nigeria, so I think if he takes more of Nigeria than of self, he should be able to do more for the country.”