As the race for the chairman of Delta State Football Association (DFA) heats up, there are reports that former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha is said to have ‘disappeared’ as two former internationals, Edema Fuludu and Victor Ikpeba battle to succeed him. The tenure of the current DFA board will officially end tomorrow, Wednesday 20th February 2019. Recall in 2015, Okocha emerged the DFA chairman following a landslide victory in the board election, where he defeated former Tolopia FC boss, Evans Egbo.
Okocha later handed over to his deputy, Edema Fuludu, due to his inability to combine his ‘busy schedule’ in Lagos with the DFA job. Fuludu’s plan to run for the chairmanship position in the coming board election has pitched him against another board member, Victor Ikpeba. The Guardian reports that one of the candidates is trying to lure Okocha to his side, but this has not yielded the needed result. A source told The Guardian that, “The candidate is very desperate in becoming the next chairman of the DFA. He has been searching for Okocha all over the country to call for a Congress of the DFA because the NFF has made it clear that it will only recognize a Congress that is called by either Jay Jay Okocha or Edema Fuludu.”