The newly installed Anambra FA Chairman, Chikelue Iloenyoesi aka The General has been the talk of the town for the right reasons. He is the center of attention in the Nigerian football media space for the last one week. Just last week, the Appeal committee of the Nigerian Football Federation accepted and upheld the petition of Mr Iloenyoesi and effectively installed him as the new FA Chairman of Anambra state after the position was vacant for nearly 2 years.
Since then, top captains of industries, top government officials and Ex Internationals have all queued up to felicitate with a man many believed to be full of capacity as they all charged him not to relent in using football as a developmental tool to help Anambra youths among other good football policy.
Pick of the bunch is 1996 and 1999 African footballer of the year, Nwankwo Kanu, the Champions league winner was full of praise for his former teammate whom he described as a man of capacity.
“Congratulations Chikelue, I wish you all the best. You played football, you know what football is. Go and do your best and make us proud. Change everything, I wish you all the best. I am here to work with you. Remember God is your strength always”
Joining the train is former Super Eagles handler Bonferere Jo who spoke from his base in Holland. The Atlanta 96 football gold winning coach lauded the achievement of his former player and charged him to carry out his activities accordingly. “Hello Chikelue, this is Bonferere Jo. I want to congratulate General Chikelue, ex player as the new chairman of the Anambra FA. His passion for football makes me believe that he will develop football in the state. Congrats once again General Chikelue from Jo. I wish you all the best. And I know this is not the end of your passion but the beginning of your ambition. Thank you.”
The message of goodwill was received across the Atlantic as FC Nantes of France players led by their captain and 2018 World cup winner Moussa Sissoko sent in their message of felicitation. The former Tottenham player praised the General and wished him well as well. ”Congratulations Chikelue, this is Moussa Sissoko wishing you well”. Not only him, other players joined in on the act. Samuel Moutoussamy, Ludovic Blas, Nicolas Pallois, Dennis Appiah and numerous others all sent in their messages saying how proud they are about the installment of Chikelue Iloenyoesi as the new FA Chairman of Anambra state.
These sentiments were echoed by the Vice President of Interpol Africa, Assistant Inspector General of police, Garba Baba Umar. The respected AIG extolled the virtues of Mr Chikelue and wished him well as he start a new journey in his career. “On behalf of my family and the entire personnel of the National Central Bureau Abuja, I write to congratulate you most sincerely on your successful election as the Chairman, Anambra state Football Association. I have no doubt in my mind that going by your wealth of experience and positive antecedents, you are exceptionally qualified for this position and I am confident that you will restore Anambra Football back within the best possible time”
In his commendation remark, APGA flag bearer for the Ekwusigo and a good friend of the General, Hon Engr Sir Ofodeme Ikenna aka Owelle was full of praise for Mr Iloenyeosi urging him to be exemplary and carry everyone along. “As my friend, I know your capacity. Now it is time to show your capacity for the entire state to see. It won’t be easy that’s the fact but I know that you have what it takes to drive successful football program in the state. You have been consistent not desperate in getting your mandate back. I am sure that zeal and passion will propel you to be successful in this your new capacity.”
The General Coordinator of Police Campaign against Cultism and Other vices, (POCACOV) SP Ebere Amaraizu lauded the latest achievement of General Chikelue as he urged him to use football to help checkmate youthful misdemeanors in the state. “Congratulation my brother to you on getting your mandate back as the Chairman of Anambra state football association. This is a divine mandate. For you to come into leadership of Anambra state football at this moment is divine. Knowing who you are, I believe you mean well for the game in the state as I urge you to explore footballing policies that will help arrest youth vices in Anambra state. Oncemore, I am happy for you.
Former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles player, Mr Oladunni Oyekale congratulated Mr Chikelue for his victory as hoped that this is the start of something great to come for the Ex-International. “I want to use this opportunity to congratulate Mr Chikelue on his installment as the new FA Chairman of the Anambra state football association. It is a well-deserved victory and I pray God will be with you. People like you coming into football in Nigeria will help lift the game where it is supposed to be. You are an ex-international, you have played before and you know the pains and gains of football. I believe that all the Anambra people will come behind you and push you to do well for them. Congratulations again Chikelue Iloenyeosi.
There are so many others who joined their voice in wishing the new Anambra FA Chairman well. So many Unions and Associations sent in their congratulatory messages as well. General Chikelue is definetly a man of the people. Well respected and a man of core integrity. The stage already is set for the general to make his people proud. God be with him.