In football administration, experience and a strong vision are essential qualities required from its leadership for effective operation and execution of the set plans
Engr. Emmanuel Edekin Imiere, a prominent figure in Nigerian football, brings both to the table as he vies for the position of Edo Football Association Chairman.
With over three decades of dedicated service to the sport, Imiere’s journey in football has been nothing short of impressive. In a recent radio interview monitored by Platinum News, he shared his insights into the game, his vision for Edo football, and what drives him to seek this crucial leadership role.
Imiere’s credentials in football are undeniable. He currently serves as a CAF Instructor for WAFU B, showcasing his expertise and influence on the West African football landscape. He also holds the esteemed position of First Vice President of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), demonstrating his commitment to various facets of the sport.
Imiere’s vision for Edo football is nothing less than ambitious. He envisions a self-sustaining football system that embraces modern technology and raises grassroots football to global standards.
“I want to bring about a Football system that is self-sustained, technology-driven and triggers grassroots football development with global standards.” He said.
Speaking on the decline of Edo State’s football prominence and the absence of Edo players at the top level. Imiere recognizes that without a vibrant Football Association, the state cannot even run a successful league, let alone market it effectively.
“We used to have Edo State football players at the top in those days but now we have nothing. We can’t even run a state league, so how do we market the league without a viable FA? We must do the needful, we need to come to the present and make the best out of it.” He lamented
The FIFA Instructor also emphasized the importance of bringing all stakeholders together. He understands that securing sponsors necessitates transparency and personal charisma. His belief is clear: football is not just a game; it’s a business opportunity waiting to be tapped. When football thrives, society benefits, as it helps curb social vices.
“There is money untapped. When football wins, we all win and it curbs social vices.” He added.
Emmanuel Edekin’s track record reflects his honesty, determination, and relentless pursuit of goals. His commitment to football development and his plans to reinvigorate Edo football make him a promising candidate for the role of Edo Football Association Chairman.