Amanze Uchegbu-lam’s address was factual, his delivery dramatically entertaining and the response from the hall was an ovation.
Amanze, a member of FIFA Statutes Committee and who is well respected for his knowledge of the game, delivered goodwill messages from Hayatou and Blatter to the packed-full congress. His gesticulation and manner of delivery excited the delegates.
Amanze said that Blatter recalled the drama at the VIP box in China during the Olympics soccer semi final event between Nigeria and Belgium. Hayatou, the CAF President and Michel Platini, the UEFA President, were seated for the game and before Blatter boasted so much about the outcome that they challenged each other with a betting on who will win.
Hayatou boasted about Africa’s representative Nigeria and Platini gave the match to Belgium. Blatter was not only a witness but also the arbiter in the betting. When Nigeria scored the first goal, Hayatou moved over to Platini and said “I told you! Second goal came, he moved over and said “I told you.”
When Nigeria scored the fourth goal, Hayatou yelled to Platini, “it is finished.” Blatter, according to Uchegbulam recalled that drama and said they should tell the delegates to ensure that Eagles do well in the World Cup so that they can all recall the China drama.
Amanze recalled that the message to Nigeria in 2011 Congress was for peace to reign in our football, following the many litigations that the NFF was going through. In Port Harcourt in the last Congress, peace had returned.
Then Amanze said that “this year the result of peace could be seen in the achievement recorded in the Nation Cup victory, world Cup qualification and the U-17 victory in UAE.
In his own remarks, NFF President, Aminu Maigari reeled out all the achievements and said that the ultimate for his board was to go to Brazil and put up a performance that no other Africa country has been able to achieve in the World Cup. And that would mean going beyond the quarter final.
Meanwhile, in the charity match, Enyimba defeated Kano Pillars 2-0.