Chief Mike Umeh: Afripol Person of the Month


Chief Mike Umeh, who is the First vice President of Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) has played and continues to exert an important and
invaluable role in Nigerian sports activities especially in football games
competitions. Chief Mike Umeh is in the vanguard of football development
and has devoted a good portion of his life in the promotion of football
games and competitions in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.

Since the apogee days of Rangers International of Enugu, to the
preliminary days of Green Eagles, he has supported the players and sports
organizations with his resources and fraternal counsel. It will be a
great omission when history of Nigerian sports is written without the
juggernaut role played by Umeh is not boldly outlined. His propelling
ceaseless energy has helped in the upliftment and growth of football
competitions in our great country Nigeria.

Chief Mike Umeh, Ume-ozodinobi Amichi has cultivated a powerful philosophy
that stipulates and emphasis that success comes out of hard work. His hard
work and subsequent success does not end only in sports; he is also a
successful business executive and industrialist in his own right.

When he won and became First vice Presidency of Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF), every sports lover in Nigeria was happy to hear that
such a man of great talent, caliber and integrity has landed the position.
Umeh was not an ordinary observer but also an incessant hard worker that
played a critical role in making our national pride – The Super Eagles a
better and more productive team. We all can see for our self the success
of Super Eagles with victory they scored with the winning of the 2013
African Nations Cup title in South Africa. His business and management
acumen, experience and strategic vision cannot be overemphasis which aided
in propelling The Super Eagles to a higher dimension.

Chief Mike Umeh deserved a tribute and congratulation on the role he
played in making sure that The Super Eagles were able to deliver in South
Africa. Chief Umeh believes that victory is the bellwether for measuring

Speaking about the Super Eagles before the victory in South Africa he
said, “It would not be enough to say I want to see them in the semi-final
or final. There is no other way of measuring hard work than success. That
means it’s the trophy or nothing.” This speaks volume and shows what the
man is made up of.

Emeka Chiakwelu, Principal Policy Strategist at AFRIPOL, has described
Chief Umeh as a “visionary leader and sports strategist, who is always
ready to make the paradigm shift for greater good of the community
especially in the calculus , dynamics and sociology of football. This is
what I called a true and enduring leadership.”

Chief Mike Umeh, Ume-ozodinobi Amichi believes in hard work, commitment
and playing by the rules. Therefore for his unflinching commitment to
Nigerian football and endeavor to our vision of sports victory in Nigeria,
the board and staff of AFRIPOL chose CHIEF MIKE UMEH as the AFRIPOL PERSON

Africa Political & Economic Strategic Center (AFRIPOL) is foremost a
public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the
parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and
encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human
rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa.

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