Top businessman and proprietor of NPFL club, FC IfeanyiUbah, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has expressed profound gratitude having been appointed into the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa Cup of Nations’ Organizing committee.
In a lengthy statement released on Tuesday, the Anambra Football Association Chairman said: "I am pleased to convey to the general public and every lover of football across the continent the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to appoint me into the Africa Cup of Nations’ Organizing committee.
The statement continued: "At this juncture, I wish to express my profound gratitude to the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr
Amaju Pinnick for the key role he played in ensuring that Nigeria is amply represented in the scheme of things within CAF as well as for his accommodating spirit that made this feat possible.
"I would also like to specially
thank the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, the 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, the 2nd Vice President, Constant Omari Selemani, the 3rd Vice President, Fouzi Lekja and the entire governing body for their confidence and trust reposed in me.
"I have always seen it as an additional privilege to be able to contribute to the growth and advancement of the football sector in Africa. I very much look forward to working with you all over the coming mandate and promise to spare no effort as a show of appreciation for finding me worthy.
"To the Honourable Minister of Sports, Comrade Solomon Dalung, I wish to thank you for providing an enabling and conducive environment for Nigerian football to thrive so far. I am very grateful.
Turning to the future, Ubah called on the Nigerian Government for the integration of sports into their national development plans, as the sector constitutes the fulcrum which would stir the long-expected leap in human development.
"We must endeavour
make a concrete commitment to invest in football and sports in general, particularly in the most rural areas where children do not have access to sports infrastructure or physical education programmes, this is a lifetime investment," he stated.