The UK Based NFF presidential aspirant, David Doherty who is an entrepreneur, Ex-international, and football administrator held an interview with the popular sports journalist and C.E.O of Brace Radio, Kenny ogunmiloro on Friday morning 16th September 2022.
Speaking on the popular Sports program Fresh Sport on Fresh Fm Ibadan, the presidential aspirant made his opinion known after being asked by Kenny ogunmiloro if the presidential aspirant had any strong backing or any selling point for him to succeed Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
“ I believe I can win, I have a lot of value to add to our football, I have been a player, a coach, a referee, and also an administrator. I think I have gathered a lot of experience, my vision is just for us to make football a positive and increase in experience for everyone involved in the game for all the stakeholders involved in the game.“
David Doherty also spoke about the discussion of the northern caucus when asked if he was able to convince the northern Delegates to vote for him after meeting them last week
“ The NFF election will come and go on the 30th of September, if it’s gonna happen it’s just around the corner, I think we should be looking at the bigger picture, Nigeria Football how do we impact it. Regardless of who is gonna win, Regardless if it is going to come from the north, south, east, or South-central, what matters is a Nigerian will emerge as the new president and What should the rest of the candidates do?
Is for us to come together and that is exactly why I went there to preach to them.”
The Ex-international also responded to Opinions raised by the sports ministry and other football stakeholders concerning the amendment of the Statute to increase the voting Delegates from 44 to 115.
“ My vision is all about inclusion, having the delegates expanded is very important, that would then allow everybody to be part of it and I think it’s the right call, I agree with the ministry and agree that when it comes to the master plan. I think it’s an all-inclusive Masterplan which is what we have been preaching. “
When asked about the supreme ruling placing the NFF election on hold, the presidential aspirant responded by saying they will have to keep on with the campaign and keep talking about the election and will patiently wait to hear from the electoral body to decide whether the election will hold or not.
The Football administrator also Responded to a question asked about Rating the current NFF president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, On a Scale of 1-10.
“It’s not for me to rate anyone, there will always be positive in every organization that the incumbent or the person in charge has done, so let’s pick on the positives and build on them. If there is anything that they do that is not up to par we can come in and probably make it better, so for me, I don’t think I’m in the space to do that, I will leave that to those in charge to put that forward.”
David Doherty then made it known that if elected as the NFF president, he will make sure all the state FA’s are viable, make football viable, make football a business, and then development will come in from there. He also spoke about coaching and referee education will be top-notch and of course, players’ welfare and facility development will be a high priority.
Finally the presidential aspirant hammers on the importance of international and local partnership for our local leagues through inclusion which is one of these key Goals.