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Austin Okocha tones down ambition

Posted: 13 January 2011 Time: 13:40

Austin Okocha has admitted that he was 'too ambitious' in his quest to get on the board of the Nigeria Football Federation. 

The former Nigeria captain was part of an unsuccessful bid by former internationals to sweep into the executive committee of the federation, but after accepting to join the NFF's Technical Committee, Okocha concedes that the move was premature.

“When I retired from football, I had it in mind to go into football administration, and of course, I was too ambitious to have contested in the NFF election," Okocha said.

Okocha was this week elected as vice Chairman of the Delta State Football Association, a position which gives him a say, and possibly a vote at the all powerful NFF Congress, and says he will use the position to initiate change.

“As a football man, I’ve got a lot of passion for the game; when I see things going wrong I believe that I can help and fix it. That was the motive behind my contesting for the NFF but, at the end of the day, I still have the passion for football."

"Since I’m back, I am now thinking of giving it back to football.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 02:09 pm
Good to hear,i wish u the best of luck.
@ Mr Colin Udoh,i thought by now u should've known that this kind of foto is not good for a sweet news like this.i could remember after the ballon d'or award u got the immidiate and better foto of Messi,is it too difficult for u to get better picture of this legend?........please learn to use better fotos of our heros to post their articles
posted: 02:44 pm
Okocha, you are not too ambitious, you've got the name and the profile to lead the NFF.Maigari, ogunjobi, Adamu, Lulu, these are unknown people in the football world who only came in to rob us blind.I hope one day, the rogues running our football will allow a legend like you to take your rightful place in the federation.
posted: 04:09 pm
Birds of the same feathers flock together. Ghana is playing england, Nigeria vs Guatemala. Period
posted: 04:24 pm
It takes wisdom for a man to know when he has goofed and to make ammends. Like I previosly posted, if JJ will be patient and willing to learn, then we might just see him at the CAF and FIFA level in about 8 - 12 years. Administration needs maturity, and Okocha needs to gain the requisite experience.
posted: 04:33 pm
News! News!! News!!!
After England, Ghana will play Germany, then Brazil, then Argentina, then the Netherland, and then a combined team of Spain and Italy. Ghana can play anybody they want. We don’t mind. We are not concerned with what Ghana is doing. If they beat England, we will be proud of them, if they loose, we’re still proud of them.
If you don’t like 9ja, you’re free to change. Adios.
posted: 05:15 pm
Ghana can play stone, that's their shit, i don't care about Ghana.
posted: 05:31 pm
Mr Collins please change this picture of Okocha.don't you have a better one to post on the article? and if Mr Okocha is still carrying such hair style i think it should get rid of it coz it doesn't speak well of him going into such post with such an awful look.anyway nice one from you bro and i wish you all the best in your new post.and as for you Bomb or na explosion you call your self.we are building a new team and not in a desperate to play the best teams in the world.if you are building, then you should know it time for experimenting and you can't experiment with the big teams coz they will expect you to feature all your stars in the you should know by now we are building a new team coz we are giving the home based players to get a chance to play for the playing Guatemala is not the issue as we still have many big matches to play in future.we are building a new SE so we need to start from somewhere not just jump into playing the best teams in the world.let all us rally behind Mr Siasia so we can get the best result we want in future.we shouldn't just expect over night positives result now, as we need time to build a better team that will represent us in major competitions in future.please my dear forum mates,let ignore people like Bomb who doesn't know anything about Nigerian football and i am not sure if that guy is even a Nigerian.if Ghana likes let them play England,Brazil,Argentina,Germany,Netherlands and Spain who cares? Nigeria team has played them all in the past so it not a big deal.beating England will not make you become number one in Fifa ranking in the world.
posted: 06:38 pm
But ghana will beat nigeria any time any where. Think of it
posted: 07:43 pm
this is gr8 news for naija footie, we will b back 2 bang every and any team in africa or the world, 1st we start off wit da small fish then we go 4 the BIG FISHES. NIGERIA is on the RISE and everybody will be running scared soon. Ghana will beat Nigeria 2day bcuz we dont have a team but when SIASIA is done BUILDING i dare anyone to say such. we have had our BAD run its time 2 start a new chapter and show AFRICA who is the BIG DADDY by wining 2 nations cup by 2014, That way everybody will know the chickens have morphed to EAGLEZ and when we go BRAZIL 2014, bcuz we have been kickin other teams butts FIFA will DUMP us in the GROUP OF DEATH at the nxt world cup " STANDARD"! but hey we are naija WE DONT FEAR NO ONE WEN WE R BANGING EREBODY!!!

2gunnz up NAIJA
posted: 08:42 pm
who the smelly is this ghanain @bomb doing in nigerian football discuss? nigeria played england 17years ago and ghanains are going buckwild playing england for the very first time in their history what a shame and keep chasing.
Abu asmau
posted: 09:28 pm
I hope now that you are a vice chairman of Delta FA and Chairman scouting committee of NFF technical committee you will work hard for the youth of this great nation let it be a project that we will be proud of you let be a different project from the talent hunt you did 2009 pls i wish you all the best JJ
Abu asmau
posted: 09:58 pm
I am glad that you now see the reason why you cant be on NFF board just like that you need to start from state level then you can move to NFF and ie exactly what Chindo was preaching you ppl including the prince of monaco so i wish you all the best
posted: 11:56 pm
@Bomb so your problem is Nigeria ? Nigeria is too much that's why they are giving you sleepless nights. for the records Nigeria beat Ghana at the Japan '93 junior world cup and lifted the trophy. Nigeria trashed Ghana 3-0 at the 2002 world cup qualifiers and beat Ghana in nations cup 2002 and 2004.Nigeria participated at the senior world cup before Ghana .Nigeria also eliminated Ghana in the 2008 Olympic qualifiers Nigeria beat Spain at the '98 world cup with all its stars ( zubizareta, Raul , Hiero and co) , Nigeria beat France 1-0 in an international friendly. Nigeria beat Brasil and Argentina at the '96 Olympic games to lift the trophy. I'm happy for Ghana's success at the world cup 2010 but they were lucky to play in an easy group. They played two strong teams ( Uruguay and Germany)and lost. Ghana only won against Serbia and USA which a selected team of grandmothers from my village can beat. Nigeria is bigger than Ghana in International football , u better accept it or drink mamba snake venom and die.
posted: 12:54 am
Bomb! listen we Nigerians don't see Ghanaian team as a treat in African football.i know Nigeria is a big treat in African football and that is why you want to kill your self beating Nigeria team.we don't think about Ghana team,after all what you did in the world cup is not a big deal.Cameroon has done it before and Senegal did the same thing.what makes you think this Ghanaian team is superior? coz they got to Quarter final of the 2010 world cup? go check Nigeria team records and you will find it difficult to beat was this same Siasia that coaches the Olympic team that came to Accra to get a draw against Ghana and beat them here in Nigeria.if you like beat Fifa eleven who cares? am proud to be a 9ja coz our achievements in football is far far better than yours.go check the under 17,under 23,the female team and the beach soccer team.then you will know Nigeria is to be recon with when it come to soccer in Africa and beyond.
posted: 01:32 am
I have achieved my aim by raising adrenalin levels. Good night to all my 9ja brothers
posted: 11:41 am
Dear Editor, always strive to give ur best with every post on this page. Use pictures that clearly reflect the mood of the message u are passing. this is digusting using this pic for a legend like least the yoruba's says ''OPON TI SUN''(meaning level don change)
posted: 11:44 am
To fellow forumites trying to get back at BOMB(or it it explosion he calls himself). You should have known from his name that he is a destroyer, so dont allow him force u to making unhealthy words for a fellow human being( like drinking mamba snake venom and die). It is well
posted: 11:49 am
Dear Okocha, never mind bcos your time will come and speedily too bcos we are praying that all rogues paddling the boat of Nigerian football will be drown very very soon. i appreciate ur humility dear broda. Good luck in ur present assignment
posted: 10:50 pm
okocha its good u realize you need pure wisdom sometimes to survive in ur quest...step by step u will rise to the top hierachy..!
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