Dismiss the report, Ahmed Musa is not a wife-beater – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said media reports claiming that Nigerian international and Leicester City’s record signing Ahmed Musa assaulted his wife Jamila was false.

Media reports in the UK claimed the Nigerian forward was arrested Tuesday “on suspicion of common assault,” hours after Leicester’s 2-0 triumph over Sunderland.

But NFF boss Amaju Pinnick said on Thursday that Musa did not beat his wife.

“Read about the reports regarding Ahmed Musa and I got in touch with the player. He categorically denies them,” Pinnick tweeted.

Leicester City said that they were aware of the investigation, but confirmed that they will not be taking action against the player after the matter was closed.

“We are aware that Ahmed Musa has today cooperated with a police inquiry relating to a disturbance in the early hours of this morning,” a Leicester City spokesman said.

“’The inquiry has since been closed and no further action is to be taken.

“We see no reason for formal action internally, though Ahmed will be given the opportunity to discuss the matter with football management when the squad returns.”


Source: The Guardian

NFF confirms cancellation of Nigeria, Burkina Faso friendly.

The Super Eagles’ second international friendly against Burkina Faso in London on Monday, has been called off after seven players in the Burkinabe contingent failed to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom.

The chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green, told thenff.com in London: “We regret to announce that the second friendly match we had scheduled for the Super Eagles as part of preparations for the remaining matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series and the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification race would no longer take place on Monday, 27th March 2017.

“The match in question is called off due to no fault of either the organizers or the Nigeria Football Federation. We will announce further plans for the Super Eagles’ preparation for these two important qualifying campaigns in due course.”

There is no British Embassy in Ouagadougou, and officials of the Federation Burkinabe de Football had been shuttling between Accra and Ouagadougou for visa processing.

FBF sources said the Embassy in Accra told them last week to proceed to Morocco (where the Etalons played the Atlas Lions on Friday) and that the visas would be issued there.

However, the applications were still pending at the British Embassy in Morocco as at close of work on Friday, the last working day before match day in London.

The Burkinabe Football Federation on Friday, by 7pm UK time, telephoned the match organisers to say some of their players and officials were unable to secure entry visas into the United Kingdom and therefore would not be able to honour the match.

NFF president and CAF Executive Committee member, Amaju Pinnick, who expressed disappointment with the cancellation, however said the objectives of satisfying the technical team’s desire of squaring up against tough, physical African opposition and fostering team bonding and organization were achieved.

“The Technical Adviser (Gernot Rohr) wanted to play very physical African teams, as part of the preparations for the World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon, and we duly fulfilled that with the arrangements we made for Senegal and Burkina Faso.

“Unfortunately, some of the Burkinabe players could not secure entry visas into the UK. It is nobody’s fault. Our joy is that we were able to play Senegal and got a fair result with a depleted squad, and also the objectives of team bonding, team building, team discipline and further imparting the Technical Adviser’s philosophy to the group have been well served.

“The Technical Adviser has also been able to look at a few more options, and our strength-in-depth is looking very good.”


Source: The Guardian

Nigeria, Senegal friendly to go on despite terrorist attack in London

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the friendly match between the Super Eagles and Teranga Lions of Senegal slated for today at the Hive Stadium in London will hold despite a terrorist attack in the city yesterday.

A woman was killed on Westminster Bridge in central London in what police said was a terrorist incident yesterday afternoon. A police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot dead by police, while a number of other people were hurt – some with “catastrophic” injuries.

The attacker struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it into railings.

However, the Secretary General of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi told The Guardian on phone that there was nothing to worry about, adding that the attack took place far away from the Crowne Plaza Hotel camp of the Super Eagles.

“I have spoken to NFF officials, who are already with the team in London and they said the attack took place far away from the camp and the stadium where the match will take place. So, there is nothing to worry about,” Sanusi, who is on his way to London, stated.

Meanwhile, Sanusi has urged Nigerians not to judge the team with the outcome of the match, saying the federation’s major concern was to ensure the coach assembled a formidable squad that would compete successfully against any team in future engagements.

“The result of the friendlies against Senegal and Burkina Faso would not be used to judge the coach,’’ he said.

The Super Eagles and Senegal, according to FIFA’s statistics, have met in 15 times, with Nigeria winning eight, while Senegal picked four victories with three matches ending in a draw.


Source: The Guardian

Uproar in the NFF over Amaju Pinnick’s CAF pick

The head of Nigerian football’s governing body is at loggerheads with his executive committee after he endorsed Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad to be president of the Confederation of African Football.

The Nigerian Football Federation said it had called a meeting on Tuesday to distance itself from Amaju Pinnick’s position and instead throw its weight behind the incumbent Issa Hayatou.

CAF member countries vote for the new president in Addis Ababa on March 16. Ahmad is challenging Hayatou, who has been CAF boss since 1988.

“He (Pinnick) has clearly upset the Nigerian football establishment and he will be told that in no uncertain terms at this meeting,” the official added.

Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung has already said Pinnick’s position was not that of the NFF, as have senior Nigerian football officials already holding CAF portfolios.

Amos Adamu, Dominic Oneya, Sani Lulu and Aminu Maigari — who have all been NFF president — at the weekend gave their backing to Hayatou in a public statement.

Pinnick as an individual could support anyone he wanted, they said, but added there was “no evidence where Mr Pinnick was mandated to commit this country to supporting Mr Ahmad”.

“No Nigerian member of CAF has been consulted nor informed out of courtesy about the ambitions of the NFF President,” they added.

“We do not remember Mr Ahmad visiting Nigeria to solicit or canvass for votes nor do we have any record of Mr Ahmad’s pedigree in the running of football in Africa that would have led Mr Pinnick to dangerously throw all of Nigeria’s eggs in his basket.

“We stand dangerously threatened.”

The Nigerian CAF officials instead said there was every reason to continue to support Hayatou, calling him “a pillar of support” and a “true friend of Nigerian football”.


Source: The Guardian

Solomon Dalung calls emergency meeting with NFF

Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has called for an emergency meeting with the executive board members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

This was contained in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibeze.

The meeting is scheduled to hold on February 28 in the Minister’s Conference Room at the National Stadium in Abuja by 11 a.m.

In the statement, Dalung emphasized that attendance of all board members was mandatory.

Although the agenda of the meeting was not stated, it might be to discuss Nigeria’s position on the forthcoming election into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), which will hold March 16 in Addis Ababa.

NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, has publicly declared his support Ahmad Ahmad, the president of the Madagascan FA, to defeat incumbent Issa Hayatou in the March 16 elections.

However, Dalung in a statement signed by his director of press, Tolu Makinde, said that whoever Pinnick supports or not are “his personal opinion and do not represent the position of the government and people of Nigeria.”

NFF criticised over move to ban state-owned teams from league.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) came under serious attack yesterday following its plan to ban some clubs currently operating in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and other tiers of nation’s league at the end of the on-going season.

At the end of NFF’s Executive Committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, the body, among other issues, declared that effective from the end of the current football season, no two clubs under the umbrella of one ‘Holding Company/State Government/Individual Owner shall be eligible to participate in the same League.’

With such declaration, the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF may have concluded plans to ban clubs such as Enyimba of Aba or Abia Warriors, two clubs being financed by the government of Abia State in the NPFL.

Although, 3SC of Ibadan and Crown FC of Ogbomosho currently operate in different league, there is the possibility of the two clubs playing together in the NPFL if Crown gains promotion.

Former Green Eagles winger, Adelabu Adegoke and the Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission, Tony Okowa yesterday described the move by the NFF as ‘unwarranted.’

“What message is the NFF trying to give to Nigerians,” Adelabu queried. “To me, this is one of the most stupid ideas to come from the football house. As far as the various clubs follow the rules and regulations governing our league, I don’t see any reason why someone somewhere should make such a move to stop them. The NFF should first of all consider the economic benefits of such clubs to the society. There is no job anywhere, and for some state government to float two or three clubs is a way of creating employment for the jobless youths. If the NFF forced the state government to disband one or two of such clubs, what does they (NFF) expect the players and the officials to do? As I said, this move is unwarranted,” Adelabu said.

Also speaking with The Guardian yesterday, the Delta Sports Commission boss, Tony Okowa said: “I don’t see any reason for such move by the NFF to ban such clubs. In Delta State, we are using the clubs to build football at the grassroots. We also use the clubs to provide employment for the youths.”

Chairman of Abia Warriors FC, Chief Emeka Inyama told The Guardian that he would react at the appropriate time saying: “I want to understand what the NFF is trying to do before I react.”

Nothing special about Lions of Cameroon, says NFF.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said that Nigerians should not be worried by the smooth run of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun at the on-going Gabon 2017 AFCON.

The Lions and Super Eagles of Nigeria have scores to settle in August this year when hostilities resume for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The Camerounians, who will face the Black Stars of Ghana in the AFCON semifinal tomorrow, will be in Uyo to face the Super Eagles in August with the reverse fixture four days later at the hill top Stadium in Limbe, Cameroun. Nigeria currently leads the World Cup qualifying group with six points against Cameroon’s two.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, chairman Technical Committee of NFF, Chris Green said the Lions may be having it all smooth in the AFCON, but they will fall in the two-legged World Cup qualifier against the Eagles.

“This Camerounian team is not doing anything special in Gabon. I agree that the Super Eagles and Lions of Cameroun are perennial rivals, but we want to use this journey to Russia 2018 World Cup to prove a point that we are now ahead of them. The atmosphere in Gabon and the teams they have played so far will be different from the World Cup qualifiers.

“We have our plans, and our decision to allow the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, to travel to Gabon to watch the matches will be an added advantage to us. He now has first hand information about the Lions.

“I am not saying that Cameroun is a push over, but I am assuring Nigerians that they won’t prevent the Eagles from flying to Russia. What the result of Cameroun’s smooth run in Gabon means to us is for the NFF to go the extra mile in preparing the Super Eagles for the challenges ahead. But as I said, there is nothing special about this Camerounian team,” Green stated.

We won’t celebrate Algeria’s failure in AFCON, says NFF.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says there is nothing to celebrate over the resignation of Algeria’s Belgian coach, Georges Leekens, who quit yesterday after the side crashed out of the on-going Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.


Algeria were one of the pre-tournament favourites for the competition, but they failed to win a game in their opening group.The North Africans are in the same group with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the qualifiers for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. While Nigeria is leading the group with six points from two matches, Algeria has just one point from the same number of games.


Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, NFF Technical Committee chairman, Chris Green, said the fact that Algeria could not make it beyond the group stage at Gabon 2017 AFCON does not make the team a weak side.


The Super Eagles will play the Lions of Cameroun home and away in August this year, host Zambia before going to Algeria for their last Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.


Algeria’s Belgian coach, Georges Leekens said in a statement on the Algerian Football Federation website yesterday: “For the good of all I decided to quit even though I do it with heart ache, and I wish all the success in the world to the national side.”


After the game in Franceville, Leekens indicated he hoped to continue as coach, with the next target being qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


“But given the pressure on the federation and the national team, I preferred to end my contract out of friendship for the president of the FAF (Algerian Football Federation) who deserves respect,” he said in the statement.


Source: Guardian

Sahara Reporters: Nigeria Football Federation Unable To Account For $801,000 FIFA Fund.

The world football governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), has detected discrepancies in the use of funds it provided the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the development of the game in the country. The discovery was contained in the report on the 2015 review on the use of FIFA Development Funds. In the report of the review prepared by a globally reputed audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, FIFA said it detected that the sum of $801,229 was spent by the NFF without evidence supporting the disbursement.

In performing the review, FIFA said it observed “circumstances, which may indicate or lead to misuse of funds (defined as cases where the use of FIFA Development Funds could not be traced to supporting documentation or the use was not aligned with FIFA-prescribed purposes) or other non-compliance with FIFA regulations.” Tagged the Central Review Report, the findings were shared with Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General; Patricia Waldvogel, FIFA’s Head of Consolidation and Compliance; Kjetil Siem, acting Chief Member Association Officer; Fredric Guillemont, FIFA’s Deputy Head of Development Programmes; Mr. Muhammed Sanusi, General Secretary, NFF; Mr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, Deputy General Secretary, NFF; Christopher Anderkin, NFF’s Deputy Director (Finance and Administration); David Mason, FIFA Senior Relationship Manager; and Richard Thomas, Engagement Leader, PwC.

The report of the review, conducted from August 16 to 18, 2015, listed its objective as the inspection of NFF’s adherence to the global body’s regulations on the use of funds provided for development in the 2015 calendar year. Dated October 5, 2016, the report exclusively focused on reconciliation of funds provided to the NFF with NFF’s records, inspection of the fund usage as it complies with FIFA regulations. The PwC team, which carried out the review, contacted Messrs. Atabo and Aderibigbe of NFF for information on the use of the funds.

FIFA noted that all disbursements from FIFA Development Programmes were made in cash by the NFF. The NFF, the report stated, issued cash to its employees in charge of individual FIFA Development Programmes.

“We understand that these employees were then to use the money to pay other parties (i.e., suppliers) in connection with FIFA Development Programmes. Due to this process, it could not be determined if the final recipient actually received these funds. In reviewing the dedicated account, nine cases totaling $801, 929 were identified where there was no supporting documentation to substantiate the subsequent disbursements (i.e., the disbursements made by the NFF employee, if any),” the report stated. The global body said it observed opacity in fund usage, as the NFF management was unable to show that there was no fraud in the transactions conducted.

As a result, FIFA demanded that supporting documentation must be provided as proof of fidelity of all payments. The documentation required, explained FIFA, include contracts, invoices, proof of performance, delivery notes and confirmation of receipts, none of which the NFF provided.

FIFA warned that if the NFF could not provide adequate supporting documentation for the disbursements, it should make refund on sums unaccounted for. It expressed displeasure with the unrestrained practice of cash payments, which it said should have been greatly minimized. NFF’s response to the audit mishaps, signed by its Deputy General Secretary, Mr. Ikpeme, and obtained by SaharaReporters, was replete with admissions of errors, alleged oversight, and hazy explanations.

According to Mr. Ikpeme, the problem associated with payment for planning and administration was caused by the exchange rate.

“As at the time of making the payment, the exchange rate at the parallel market crashed alarmingly. That accounts for the difference in the sum reported, but all supporting documents are attached to the voucher,” he wrote.

On the expenditure on youth football, Ikpeme admitted an error in reporting that the sum of $92,375 was spent, as it was not drawn from the FIFA Development Fund. How this was captured as part of the monies withdrawn from the bank for that purpose remains a mystery.

The NFF Deputy General Secretary then promised that all the necessary attachments would be promptly made available for subsequent audit report/visit.

He, however, claimed that all the documents on infrastructure contract and evidence of part-payment were submitted. Curiously missing from documents tendered were invoices, the reason for which he said: “We promise to contact the contractor within two weeks to provide the office with invoices for payment made so far and same will be forwarded to PwC Switzerland.”

On the nine items identified by the audit review as featuring dodgy disbursements, Ikpeme said the NFF spent $150,000 on furnishing its new secretariat at the National Stadium, Abuja. The evidence of the transaction was not provided during the audit, but he claimed it was sent via email and DHL Courier service to PwC and receipt was acknowledged. Evidence of the use of $100,000 for the prosecution of the World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Swaziland was similarly not available on request and had to be sent by email and DHL. The NFF, during the period under review, claimed it held two computer appreciation training sessions for all staff. The first gulped $29,665.19, while the other, within the same calendar year, cost $20,000. Payment evidence were sent through similar means.

The request for evidence of the sum of $367,304 spent on the CHAN qualifier between Nigeria and Burkina Faso was also not readily available and had to be sent via email and courier.

Another explanation for the yawning gap between money provided by FIFA and disbursements made by NFF, Mr. Ikpeme stated, was due to the Federation’s inability to capture transactions above $5,000.  Many of the transactions conducted were above this amount. The inability, he said, was imposed by the inadequacy of space to offer explanations on transactions above $5,000. “However, we have noted this observation, and in future, we will work accordingly,” he wrote.

Mr. Ikpeme also admitted that lodgments made to FIFA dedicated accounts were made in error, promising it will not happen again.

“We have put measures in place to make sure that it is only money from FIFA that would be lodged in the FIFA dedicated accounts. Even with the new Federal Government policy on Treasury Single Account, we have written to the Federal Government through the Accountant-General for a dedicated FIFA account to be opened to avoid mixing up lodgments into FIFA dedicated accounts,” he similarly wrote.

The sum of $14,342 reported by the NFF auditor, said Ikpeme, was a “perceived typographical error.” He claimed that the figure earlier sent by the NFF is the correct one and is in consonance with the bank statements.

He explained that the NFF has no control over bank charges, as they are automated.

On questions raised about signatories to the FIFA dedicated accounts, Ikpeme said the NFF has two signatories – the General Secretary and Director of Finance – who are shown in signature cards sent by the bank to PwC.

These signatories, he added, are used for every transaction.

The report noted that administrators in FIFA member countries are adept at concocting documents to conceal misuse of funds and outright fraud in the deployment of such.


Source: Sahara Reporters

BREAKING: Super Falcons Players Receive Bank Alerts As Falconets Threaten To Begin Protest Tuesday

Omojuwa.Com scooped from some of the players who revealed after receiving their bank alerts of 4.6 million naira that they are grateful to President Muhamadu Buhari for coming to their aid, but were disappointed for receiving far below what the NFF promised them before they left their Agura Hotel in Abuja last Friday.


“We were promised to be paid above five million naira by the NFF, but were surprised to receive an alert of just above four million naira this morning. We are grateful but still demand our full payment by the NFF,” one of the players told Omojuwa.Com


She continued: “We also want to thank Nigerians, the media and everyone that stood by the truth and supported us all through; we are more than grateful to them. We are also asking the NFF to pay up our bonuses for the qualification of the AWCON, some of the players that played the qualifiers didn’t make it to Cameroun because of injury and they also deserve to be paid allowances and bonuses for qualification.”


However, Falconets players who represented Nigeria at the lastest FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup held in Papua New Guinea have also decided to embark on their proposed protest in Abuja on Tuesday (tomorrow) if they don’t receive any bank alerts on Monday (today) as promised by the NFF.


According to the players, a board member of the NFF last Friday pleaded with them not to go on protest as he promised they will receive bank alerts the same day as the Falcons, but as of this morning, Omojuwa.Com learnt none of them have received alerts, which might necessitate the Falconets players to embark on their planned protest on Tuesday.

Amaju Pinnick slams Minister Dalung for claiming NFF mismanaged $0.8m FIFA grant.

The Nigeria Football Federation has denied that it diverted $802, 000 grant received from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) after Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung called for a ‘reputable audit’ of the federation’s books.


Dalung claimed FIFA had suspended giving development grants to Nigeria over financial irregularities.


“According to the report, FIFA has withheld all development funds to Nigeria for lack of proper documentation of $802,000 out of the funds released to NFF,” Dalung told NFF’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos.


“This is a very serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment, more so that the present administration under the leadership of Mr President Muhammadu Buhari has zero tolerance for any act of misappropriation, misapplication, embezzlement or fraud in any guise.”


But the federation insisted its accounts have already been audited and there were no discrepancies. It also claimed the minister submitted was misinformed about the activities of NFF’s board.


“The audited account of the Federation for the year, as audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an internationally reputable audit firm, was presented and adopted at the General Assembly,” NFF said in a communique issued after its general assembly on Sunday.

Super Sand Eagles depart camp after 4 years of unpaid allowances.

The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) might yet be running into another controversy concerning non-payment of bonuses for another set of players, this time the Super Sand Eagles who lost in the final of the Africa Beach Soccer Nations Cup but qualified for the Beach Soccer World Cup scheduled for Bahamas in 2017.

The much publicised face-off with the Super Falcons was resolved by the federal government after the eight-time African champions refused to leave their Agura Hotel in Abuja and embarked on a protest to the national assembly.

They were eventually paid their entitlements, although not in full, on Friday.

Just three days on, TheCable understands that the Super Sand Eagles are complaining of being owed the bonuses for the just concluded 2016 African Beach Soccer African Cup of Nations, as well as a backlog of bonuses running till 2012.

The players insist they are owed $2,000 each for the 2012 Dubai Samsung Invitational Intercontinental Championship, where 12 players represented the country.

“It’s terrible because we are always short-changed,” said one of the players, who did not want to be named.

“From 2012, we have always been in this dilemma for our entitlements. Instead of the agreed $2,000, what we usually get when they pay is the sum of N200,000 naira — without explanation.

“Balance for the 2013 Nations Cup in Morocco is $1200. For the 2015 Copa Lagos, the organizers owe us N40,000 as well as camping allowance of 13 days at N26,000. Then also the appearance fee of $1000. We don’t know who to talk to on it till now.”

A source familiar with the workings of the team told TheCable that camping allowances for the 2016 edition is N2,000 daily per player, which amounts to N82,000 per player.

“Traveling for one week at $100 per day amounts to $700,while transportation is N50,000  per player. Then there is the $3,500 each that was agreed on for qualification for the World Cup.”

When contacted, one of the team officials told TheCable that everything was under control.

The official, who asked for his identity to be protected, said: “Its well, NFF Vice-President Barrister Akinwunmi was here this morning and met with the team.

“He promised them that everything will be sorted that they should bear with the federation. Right now as we speak, they are all leaving the Eko Hotel camp and the NFF will notify them soonest and do the needful.”

Nigerian Football chief, Amaju Pinnick endorsed for CAF position.

Despite what many Nigerians consider very poor performance by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, under Amaju Pinnick, the latter has been nominated for an African position.

The General Assembly of the NFF on Sunday in Lagos endorsed the candidature of Mr. Pinnick for election into the CAF Executive Committee.

The 72nd Annual General Assembly of the NFF held at the Best Western Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday.

According to a communiqué released by Ademola Olajire, the NFF spokesman, “the Congress passed a Vote of Confidence on the NFF Executive Committee.

“It also endorsed the candidature of NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick for election into the CAF Executive Committee at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa in March 2017.

“Congress called on all Nigerians to give him total support as it is not an NFF venture, but a Nigerian Project,” it said.

Mr. Pinnick and the NFF leadership have been criticised for their management of Nigerian football which worsened last week with the protest by the Super Falcons.

The Nigerian female national team emerged African champions in Cameroon despite not being paid their allowances.

Their protest last Wednesday to the National Assembly forced President Buhari to order release of funds to pay the ladies.

In their communique on Sunday, the NFF Congress commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for the action taken to pay the players and officials of the Super Falcons their entitlements.

The Super Falcons were crowned champions of the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Cameroon.

The Communique also noted that the General Assembly endorsed the new boards of the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) as constituted by a Selection Committee.

It said the boards of the two leagues were immediately sworn in.

It said the Congress also resolved as follows:

“In order for Nigeria Football to align itself with the FIFA Integrity Initiative, Congress adopted the NFF National Integrity Initiative Strategy, as proposed by the NFF Integrity Unit.

“General Assembly also adopted the Disciplinary and Ethics Code of the Nigeria Football Federation as proposed by the Executive Committee.”

The Congress expressed satisfaction with the explanation provided by the Executive Committee on a number of issues raised by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung at the opening ceremony.

It noted that the issues were on division within the Board, FIFA Audit Query and late submission of memos.

It submitted that the minister was misinformed about the activities of the Board.

“Congress noted the submission of the Executive Committee stating that at no time previously (official or unofficially) did the Minister raise these issues with the NFF leadership to obtain clarification.

It added that the Federation would have gladly provided clarifications just as it did to the House Committee on Sports during a recent sitting on its budget performance and budget proposal.

“Indeed, the audited account of the Federation for the year, as audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an internationally reputable audit firm, was presented and adopted at the General Assembly.

“General Assembly empowered the NFF Executive Committee to provide detailed explanation to the Office of the Honourable Minister on all the issues raised.

“It also empowered it to publish them as a matter of public records, for the avoidance of doubt and for information of the general public, NFF partners and sponsors,” it said.

The Communique said that the Chairman, House Committee on Sports praised the leadership of the NFF for various achievements recorded during the period.

He also urged them to remain focused to ensure Super Eagles qualification for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Congress expressed appreciation to the Lagos State Government and the Local Organising Committee for the successful hosting of the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations staged by Nigeria from December 13 – 18.

The body also thanked the Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samoura. for attending the championship.

The Communique added that Congress elected Musa Duhu, Chairman of Adamawa State Football Association, to join the NFF Executive Committee from the north-east geo-political zone.

The vacancy was created with the demise of Hussaini Modibbo, member from that zone.

“Duhu was the only candidate for the seat and was declared “worthy and credible” by the NFF Electoral Committee,” it said.

BREAKING: FG releases N471.8 million for payment of Super Eagles, Falcons.

The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has released the mandate to Central Bank of Nigeria for payment of naira equivalent of US$1,173,820.00 at N305/$  to Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding winning bonuses for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying Matches and for the Super Falcons’ participation in the 10th Women’s Africa nations Cup.


This is in furtherance of the approval from Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, for the said amount to be paid.


The mandate, which is a sum of N358 million, was paid by Central bank of Nigeria on Thursday, a statement signed Kenechukwu N, on behalf of the Accountant General, said.


Similarly, another mandate for N113.8 million has also been released by Office of Accountant General of the Federation for the payment of wining bonus for Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches; and for the Super Falcon’s participation in the 10th Women’s Africa Nation’s Cup.


This amount has also been paid to Nigeria Football Federation and is equally sequel to the approval of the minister of finance.


The payment came after members of Super Falcons demonstrated in Abuja demanding payment of their outstanding bonuses.


President Muhammadu Buhari later authorised the payment within 24 hours.

We did our best for Super Falcons – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Friday expressed heartfelt appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for directing that players and officials of African champions, Super Falcons be paid within days.

This was sequel to the team’s protest at the Three Arms Zone on Wednesday.

“We are grateful to the Presidency for the prompt action, and we believe this will put the minds of the players at rest.

“It has been a very difficult time for the NFF; no official of the Federation was happy that the players and officials could not be paid their entitlements immediately after the tournament.

“It is not as if the Federation did not plan to pay the players and officials their entitlements. The NFF expected some money from a number of sources but this did not work out.

“They are champions and deserve to be treated as such; there are no doubts about that,” Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, said in the statement.

Mr. Olajire also stated that there was no time the NFF directed that the players should be ejected from their Agura Hotel, and decried claims that no official went to see the players at the hotel.

“The NFF is at the receiving end of all these, but at the end of the day, fair is fair.

“Before they left for Cameroon, the country’s Vice President went to meet with them at a training session.

“Also, despite the difficulties, the Federation was able to make the sum of $5,000 available to the Team Administrator for logistics.

The NFF President personally visited the team and prayed with them,” Olajire said in the statement.

Olajire added that “Before the team played South Africa in the semifinals, the NFF reached out to some sources and raised money to pay each player the sum of N500,000.

“The NFF President was on the tarmac of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to receive the team and celebrated with them on arrival.

“He also impressed it on NFF partner Emzor to host the ladies to lunch and the company gave the team the sum of N1.6million.

“On arrival in Abuja, the team was received by the NFF General Secretary, Head of Protocol, Head of Women’s Football and the CEO of Jedo (a private organization), Dr. Aliyu Oroje Wammako.

“The NFF impressed it on the management of Agura Hotel to ensure the comfort of the players and officials while the Federation went about trying to raise money to pay their entitlements,’’ it said.

The statement added that Minster of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung visited the team in company of the NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi in their hotel.

“Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung who personally visited the team at their hotel, NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi was at the hotel on two occasions.

“Also, the Head of Women’s Football, Ruth David has been at the hotel on regular basis.

“After his visit, the Honourable Minister directed that the NFF should look for money to give to the players to take them home.

“The players appealed that the amount of N50,000 proposed by the Federation should be doubled, and the NFF squeezed out N100,000 to each player and official.

“Surprisingly, the players said they would no longer leave the hotel even after that payment,’’ the statement said.

It added that “While the monies paid to the team so far may not amount to much, these are challenging times and we expect the players to understand with the Federation.

“They did not, but we thank God all these issues are almost behind us.

“This unfortunate situation calls for calm and patience on the part of all. The NFF cannot praise the Presidency enough.

“The players cannot say that nobody came to see them in the hotel, or that the Federation ordered that they be ejected; that is not correct.

“We passionately appeal to the players not to allow themselves to be used by some persons against the Federation and the Federal Government, as such persons do not mean well for them,’’ the statement said.

Falcons: Reps Berate Dalung, NFF

Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the “unsavoury treatment” meted out  to the Super Falcons by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung, and the Nigerian Football Federation by failing to pay their bonuses and allowances.

The team defeated hosts Cameroon 1-0 in the final of the 2016  African Women’s  Cup of Nations  in Yaounde on December 3 to win the title for the eighth  time.

However, the players  were not paid their allowances, a development which forced them to resort to  protests in Abuja.

The team also refused to vacate their hotel, insisting that they would not leave until they had been paid.

Only on Wednesday, they stormed the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly to protest against the non-payment of their entitlements.

This prompted the Presidency to direct that the allowances of the players should be paid without further delay.

At its sitting on Thursday, the House condemned Dalung and the NFF, saying that their actions  had brought shame upon Nigeria.

A former Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Sports, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran,  sponsored a motion on the burning issue.

Describing the players  as “patriotic”, she said they answered the national call on the belief that they would be paid after the championship, but were disappointed.

Omidiran, who is from Osun State, spoke more, “For the past two weeks, the space has been filled with the cries of these ladies.

“Has it become a crime to make your country proud? What makes it more painful is the fact that the Cameroonian girls, who came second, were celebrated by their President (Paul Biya).

“These girls are not asking for anything extraordinary, but the allowances owed them from the qualifiers till they won the trophy.”

Another member from Edo State, Mr. Sergius Ose-Ogun, noted that there was something wrong with the Nigerian attitude to things.

He said, “It is not only in sports, Mr. Speaker. Even in the civil service, workers retire after 35 years and they are not paid their dues.

“Why did they have to subject these girls to so much pain?There is an evil spirit in this country, which must die.”

The Deputy House Minority Leader, Mr. Chukwuka Onyeama, told the House that Nigeria would have been saved from the disgrace by simply declining to participate in the championship.

“This is a major disgrace and I don’t know how to explain it,” Onyeama observed.

A member from Borno State, Mr. Mohammed Nur-Sheriff, revealed that there was more rot in the sports ministry than Nigerians knew.

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Unpaid allowances: You’ll be paid within 48 hours, Presidency assures Falcons.

The issue of unpaid allowances between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Super Falcons will be resolved in two days, according to Abba Kyari.


Kyari, who is the Chief Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari made the declaration on Wednesday when he addressed the players who staged a protest to the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock.


The players led by team captain Rita Chikwelu expressed their displeasure on the non-payment of their allowances.


Kyari assured them that the government was aware of the situation and would resolve it in two days.

UPDATE: Super Falcons protest at the National Assembly

Super Falcons of Nigeria, champions of Africa for a record eighth time are currently protesting on the streets of Abuja, the federal capital territory, against the non-payment of their allowances and bonuses.


The aggrieved players, who have now laid siege on the national assembly, won the 8th edition of the African Women’s Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, and have vowed not to hand over the trophy to the Nigerian Football Federation NFF until they are paid.


The African champions have also refused to leave their Agura hotel?, Abuja.


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Speaking to TheCable at the protest ground at the national assembly entrance, one of the players said:”We are not protesting to embarrass the nation but to beg the government to help us to get what we worked and suffered for.


“We, as women, should not be treated differently from the men. If it were to be the? Super Eagles, I am sure that they would have found a solution to the issue of unpaid allowances owed.


“We went to Cameroon without any complaint. We did the nation proud. We are only appealing to the government to get our dues. We are their daughters; they should hear our cry and come to our aid. We have aged parents to take care of and other responsibilities too.”


The Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) is owing the Super Falcons team a cumulative sum of $819,000 from the qualification games tothe  gold medal win against hosts Cameroon in the final.


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Breakdown of the total money owed ?is below:


Total money owed per player is $25,400


Total money owed the head coach is $50,800 (head coach gets twice what the players get)


Total money for each assistant coach is $33,600 ( 2 assistant coaches and one goalkeeper trainer)


Total money owed each back room staff? is $33,600 (the team medical doctor, physiotherapist, media officer, team secretary and coordinator)


The curator gets half of what the back room staffs get, which is $16,800.

No plan to ban Super Falcons players, coaches over faceoff, says NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said yesterday it had no plan to ban some players and coaches of the Super Falcons for their role in the on-going faceoff over unpaid entitlements.

The Falcons, who defeated the host, Lionesses of Cameroun to win their eighth Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) title on December 3 in Yaoundé, had been on strike in Abuja over the failure of the NFF to settle their wages.

There were reports that no less than 10 of the players and some officials would be banned for life for ‘ridiculing their fatherland before the international media.’

President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Sanusi as well as Spokesman of the body, Ademola Olajire told The Guardian in separate interviews that there was no iota of truth in such story.

“How can people cook up such a story?” Pinnick asked. There is nothing of such. They are our players and we will continue to appeal to them to see reason with the NFF in view of the tight economic situation we are currently. Their wages will be given to them as soon as we get money. To say that the NFF is planning to ban some of the players and coaches for life is out of it.”

On his part, the Secretary General said in a message to The Guardian yesterday: “To the best of my knowledge, nobody has said such a thing.”

Olajire also said: “Never. Nobody ever said that. Such story came from people who cannot breathe without writing something negative about the NFF. It is not practical and will not happen.”

Meanwhile, the players are still holding unto the African Nations Cup trophy at the Agura Hotel in Abuja.

Some of the players who spoke with The Guardian yesterday vowed never to vacate the hotel until they are settled.

One of them said: “The NFF paid N100,000 into our bank accounts on Friday and pleaded that we should go. No way. We want our money in full.”

NFF yet to pay Super Falcons, sure of settling Super Eagles’ entitlements before next 2018 World Cup qualifier

Despite the Super Falcons protest over non-settlement of allowances and others by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), after emerging victorious at the 2016 AWCON championship in Cameroun recently, the NFF has said that the body would not allowed any loopholes in their quest to see Eagles qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

According to the NFF’s spokesman, Ademola Olajire, all outstanding bonuses the NFF is owing the Eagles would be settled before their next game against Cameroun.

He stated that the body is working round the clock to ensure the team prosecutes the tune up matches put in place to assist them blend properly ahead of the crucial tie at home.

Meanwhile, Eagles’ spokesman, Toyin Ibitoye, has also said that all the logistics needed to prosecute the remaining qualifiers have been discussed.

He said the days of the players and the officials of the football body having disagreement over the issue of bonuses and other entitlements before and after every game was over.

Ibitoye said that the senior male national team’s success so far in the qualifiers could be attributed to the well-tailored arrangements put in place to safeguard any form of anomalies since the start of the qualifiers.

He disclosed that team’s quest to put smiles on Nigerians faces still remains sacrosanct to the team.

He however added that plans are on track to make sure that Eagles beat Cameroun in Nigeria, which would give a clear chance to be in Russia come 2018 World Cup.

“Super Eagles would not have any problem on bonuses and entitlements during the qualifiers. Since the qualifiers began, the team has not faced any challenge in that aspect. Eagles’ exploit so far against Zambia and Algeria can be attributed to the players’ commitment and the arrangements put in place to settle their entitlements and other logistics. All apparatus needed by the team to execute their remaining games successfully would be put in place,’’ he said.

Mercy Akide-Udoh: My kids will never play for Nigeria

Former Super Falcons striker, Mercy Akide-Udoh, has said her children will never play for Nigeria, as long as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) continues to treat players poorly.

Akide-Udoh emerged the first ever African Women Footballer of the Year in 2001 and was named in the FIFA World All-Star in 2004.

The 41-year-old was reacting to the face-off between the current Falcons squad and the NFF over unpaid bonuses and allowances despite winning the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

“They fought with everything, so it should have been a happy ending. These kids have families, their parents are waiting for them to come back and put food on the table,” Akide-Udoh told BBC Sport.

“They’ve done their part and should be paid their money. I won’t be surprised if some of these kids don’t come back; opting to stay with their clubs rather than play for Nigeria.

“I am sorry, My kids are Americans, with the situation going on if something does not change my kids will never play for Nigeria. Who wants to suffer? We did it in our own time, this is a new generation, they should not be suffering what we suffered”, she added.

Dalung, Pinnick Ignore Super Falcons, Fly To London

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), have left the country for the UK, where they are expected to sign a new contract with kit manufacturing giants, Nike.

Their trip comes amid the rancour with the senior national women’s team, the Super Falcons, who are still on a sit-in protest in an Abuja hotel, over unpaid bonuses and allowances.

The Falcons have been holed up in the hotel since they arrived in the country from the competition and have vowed not to release the trophy, until they receive their entitlements.

Although the NFF promised to pay off the outstanding debts, they also admitted they currently don’t have the funds to.

One of the players told BBC Sport that they are owed as much as US$23,650 (about N11.5 million) per player.

“We are not leaving this hotel and we have not been told exactly when we are going to get paid,” the player, who insisted on anonymity, said.

“The plan is to stay here until we all receive the money because the moment we leave there will be no opportunity to get it again.”

Amaju Pinnick Snubbed Us In Cameroon, We Will Embarrass NFF – Super Falcons Players

Super Falcons players have revealed how President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, snubbed them in Cameroon.

Florence Omagbemi’s ladies defeated the hosts 1-0, to clinch a record 10th African championship. But the squad have been holed up in an Abuja hotel, since they returned to the country, as they wait for the federation to pay their entitlements.

The NFF has already promised to pay the players, although the football house admitted funds are not available at the moment.

However the Falcons have made it clear they don’t trust the NFF and will not release the trophy they won, until they receive their bonuses and allowances.

“We don’t trust them (NFF),” one of them told newsmen, on the condition of anonymity.

“This is our money and we must collect it before we leave this hotel as we do not trust them to pay us if we accepted their pleas.

“They want us to leave this hotel but we know those monies are gone the moment we agree to leave this place. They know it and we do too, so we’re staying put.”

She also criticized Pinnick for flying in and out of Cameroon, without meeting with the team.

“We heard he came to Cameroon on a chartered flight and left immediately, we didn’t even see him,” she continued.

“Now we hear he has traveled out of the country again, what kind of a leader is he? It has been one misfortune or the other since he came in and we are really disappointed.

“It’s more like he came with bad luck because since he came on board, our football has suffered both on and off the pitch and he doesn’t even seem to care.”

Another squad members also confirmed they were considering embarking on a street protest to drive home their claims.

“Yes, we have talked about it and it is something we would do if they don’t act fast. We have been reasonable enough, but we may choose to embarrass them if our entitlements are not settled,” she said.

Protesting Super Falcons refuse to vacate hotel, say no to NFF’s $100 travel allowance

Players of the Super Falcons, who on Saturday defeated Cameroon to win their eighth African Women Nations Cup title, yesterday rejected the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) directives to vacate their Agura Hotel, Abuja camp, saying they would not leave the camp until all their emoluments were settled.

The players claim that the NFF has not paid them camp allowances, match bonuses and their coaches’ salaries, which have accrued for over eight months.

One of the players, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that “officials of the federation came to give each of us $100 as transport allowance and told us to go home with the promise that they will pay us in January.

“Now, they are telling us that they are making arrangements for the president to host us at the Presidential Villa. All these are stories we are tired of. We want our money, full stop.”

The NFF yesterday pledged to pay the players and their officials for winning the Women Africa Cup of Nations, but it craved the understanding of the team that the money is not readily available at the moment.

In a statement yesterday, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who met with the players and officials at the Agura Hotel, said the Federation was not happy owing players and coaches, but present severe economic challenges informed that it could only continue to seek the understanding of these persons, as well as hoteliers, travel agents and Management and Staff until the situation improves.

“There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic challenges and all organisations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. It is not Government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing. We know we have financial commitment to you (players and officials of Super Falcons) and we have not at anytime stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available at the moment.

“I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation of the Federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present and exercise patience. We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as we receive same from the Government, just as we paid the U17 boys who won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the Olympics.”

Super Falcons’ defender undergoes surgery.

Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi, has undergone a successful surgery on her broken arm suffered during the just concluded Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.


The surgery was conducted on Tuesday at the National Hospital in Abuja.


Ebi, who is one of the veterans in the Super Falcons team that won a record eight African title last weekend, gave glory to God for the successful operation carried out on her.


She wrote on her Instagram page: “Thank you Lord God for save surgery, receive all thy glory in Jesus name Amen”.


Though we understand that the NFF footed the bill for Ebi’s surgery, the Federation is still defaulting on bonuses to the injured defender and her teammates that did Nigeria proud yet again at the AWCON 2016.


The NFF through their General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi on Tuesday pledged to pay players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons, all their entitlements for winning the Women Africa Cup of Nations the eighth time, saying the money was not readily available at the moment.

NFF Begs Super Falcons, Says They Will Get Their Entitlements Soon

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has pledged to pay players and officials of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons all their entitlements for winning the Women Africa Cup of Nations for the eighth time.

The federation craved the understanding of the team, noting that the money was not readily available at the moment.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who met with the players and officials at the Agura Hotel on Tuesday, said the Federation was not happy owing players and coaches.

“There is no gainsaying that there is severe economic challenges and all organizations, whether government or private, are feeling the pinch. It is not Government’s doing; it is not anybody’s doing,” he said. “We know we have financial commitment to you [players and officials of Super Falcons] and we have not at anytime stated otherwise. But the money is not readily available at the moment.”

Sanusi said: “I have come to appeal to you, to understand the situation of the Federation, to understand the situation of the country at the present and exercise patience. We will pay you all monies you are being owed as soon as we receive same from the Government, just as we paid the U17 boys who won the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile last year, after the tournament. And just as we sorted out Coach Samson Siasia’s wages as soon as we had the funds, after the Olympics.”

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No date yet for Falcons reception – NFF

Another waiting game is on the cards for the victorious Super Falcons team who last weekend won the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Nigeria Football Federation, through its secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, confirmed that no date has been picked to host the women team that secured a record eighth title, beating host, Cameroon in last Saturday’s final.

Mr. Sanusi, in a press statement, confirmed that the NFF was waiting for word from the government to know when the African champions would be hosted to a state reception.

“The reception is out of our hands. We are waiting on the Federal Government, and as soon as we have confirmation of the date, we will inform the players and officials to regroup in Abuja.

In 2014 when the Falcons won their seventh African title, they never got the attention they deserved and while fears of a repeat is already being nursed in some quarters, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has offered some words of assurance.

The minister promised to step up the reward system for sportsmen and women who make the nation proud.

“We must revisit our reward system. If this country must succeed then our reward system must be revisited. We must also de-emphasize materialism and begin to say thank you to people who have done well. Thank you must not always be material things. There is nothing wrong in giving this team National Honours having emerged champions several times. I will discuss this with the President and see what he will do for the team. I believe he will have something very unique for this team,” Mr. Dalung said.

Over two months since returning from the Paralympic Games in Rio, the Special Athletes that did Nigeria proud with a record medals haul are still waiting to be hosted by the President.

Super Falcons Set For Showdown With NFF Over $16,500-A-Player Bonus

Nigeria’s Super Falcons, record eight-time African champions, are set for a showdown with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the payment of their win bonus from this year’s AWCON in Cameroon, which is put at $16,500-a-player.

The Falcons defeated hosts Cameroon 1-0 on Saturday to retain their continental crown in front of a devastated sell-out crowd in Yaounde.

However, they are yet to be paid a kobo whether as camp allowance or match bonus, top team officials have revealed.

Besides the allowances, the Falcons are due $3,000 each for a win in the group stage of the AWCON, while victory in the semi-finals will earn them another $4,000.

They are to receive another $5,000 each for beating Cameroon in the championship decider.

This format means that each player is entitled to $16,500 as they won two group games ($6,000), drew with Ghana in another group game ($1,500), before they defeated South Africa in the semi-final($4,000) and then retained their championship with victory in the final against Cameroon ($5,000).

It was gathered that a sponsor, who hosted the team on arrival in Lagos, gave each player a token of 50,000 Naira.

Top officials of the NFF have already addressed the team at their Agura Hotel in Abuja, promising that their entitlements will be worked on from today.

It was further understood that the NFF have applied for a bailout from government to enable them pay off the team.

The broke NFF have in the last few weeks sent off various national teams with ridiculous sums of cash.

The Nigeria U19 team to the Suwon International Tournament in South Korea were paid 5,000 Naira each on their return, while the country’s team to the FIFA U20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea received 30,000 Naira-a-player after they protested a proposed 10,000 Naira stipend.

NFF president plans to rig Supporters Club elections – official.

The Nigeria Football Supporters Club on Monday said it had uncovered plans by Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, to influence the NFSC election holding next month.

The Supporters Club alleged that the NFF president has given N10 million to Vincent Okumagba, a chairmanship candidate in the forthcoming election, to enable him rig.

The ex-Public Relations Officer of the club, Hafeez Balogun, said that club officials and members were enraged as information filtered in on the alleged NFF connections to Okumagba in the build-up to the elections.

Balogun said the club totally condemned the over-bearing influence of the NFF President on its activities.

He frowned at the interest of the NFF president in the daily affairs of the club, insisting that “the NFSC was determined to rebuff Pinnick as he has planned to run both the NFF as well as the Supporters Club”.

Balogun queried: “Is the NFF going to conduct elections for the Supporters Club? Why is Pinnick dishing out money to a contestant in the elections? Why is Pinnick insisting to bring a hand-picked election monitor from the NFF.

“The Supporters Club has been and will continue to remain an independent body and would not be intimidated by anybody or any organisation and we condemn the behind-the-scenes manipulations by Pinnick and his cohorts. NFSC and NFF are independent bodies with a common interest in football, but we will resist any plans to run our club by proxy. Trust me, we will resist them.”

Balogun said the development was not necessary considering that the NFF was invited to the reconciliation meeting the NFSC held with Okumagba in October at which it was decided that the club reabsorbed the impeached Chairman to allow him contest the leadership of the club in the election billed for December 10, 2016.

Okumagba, who acted as the Club’s National Chairman, was impeached in July for gross misconduct, anti-club activities, abuse of office and flagrant disrespect for constituted authority.

Balogun, however, added that the club “in the spirit of fair play postponed its elections which would have held this November to allow Okumagba to contest.

“We also dissolved the executive committee of the Club so that no one will influence the elections and then we set up a steering committee instead to oversee the affairs of our club in the run-up to the elections.

“However, it seems that the hand of friendship we have extended has been taken for granted and those who are sowing the seeds of trouble will not succeed”, Balogun added.

Efforts to reach the NFF Chairman as well as the Chairman of the Steering Committee, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, for their comments by mobile phone were not successful as automated messages from their network providers said the numbers were switched off.

Other members of the Steering Committee include Alhaji W.A Yusuf, Benjamin Ebor, Vincent Okumagba and Yomi Whesu.

Elder Issac Ukpebor, Pastor A. Aregbesola, Rev. Samuel Ikpea and Dora Dadogobo are also members.

Nigerian Clubs made N5bn from Transfer Fees in 10 Months – NFF

Nigerian football clubs raked in a whopping N5billion in the first 10 months of 2016, from selling local players abroad.

This was revealed by Nasir Jubril, who is the manager of Transfer Matching System (TMS) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Jubril was speaking to reporters at the ongoing Domestic Transfer Matching Systems (DTMS) worship in Abuja on Wednesday.

“In the last 10 months, that is between January and October this year, a cash inflow of about N5 billion has accrued to the clubs in Nigeria from the transfer of players,” he said.

“For instance, if a player is bought for say two or three million pounds, when you multiply that with the exchange rate you can imagine what we are talking about.”

Jubril however, did not provide further details on which clubs earned what amount, the exchange rates used and how the money was routed into the country.

Saisia: Nigeria Should Pay Me My Money And Let Me Go

Former coach of Nigeria U23 Eagles who won bronze at the just concluded 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, Samson Siasia, has blasted the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and Sports Ministry over the non payment of his salary.

Speaking on his quitting as coach of the team, Siasia said today:

“This is not really resignation; my contract was arranged to end with the Olympics. And so the contract has ended.

“What is very important is that I get every kobo that I am owed. I need the money now than ever and I believe I have really endured and I have been cooperative.

“I spoke with a reporter but I guess the one who are referring to was extracted from the interview I granted somebody else. What I was asked was my entire story at the Olympics and this included Atlanta camping.

“Of course a lot of things happened that I can’t be really happy about especially the way the team was portrayed. But that is over as my contract has also actually ended. What is left now is my cash and that is very, very important.”

NFF, Gernot Rohr Seal Two-year Contract

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Mr. Gernot Rohr have signed a two-year contract that will see the former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach work as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles.

The simple ceremony at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja saw NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi signing on behalf of the Nigeria federation, in-between Mr. Rohr’s own signature.

Pinnick said that the agreement was for two years, with the former German defender, who also coached top French club Girondins Bordeaux and elite Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel, handed a target of qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

“We are happy that this has been sealed and we can now focus on other arrangements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in October,” said Pinnick.

Rohr, clad in a simple shirt and jean trouser and wearing a smile, said: “I am enthusiastic to get to work. This is a big challenge because Nigeria has big players everywhere and has the ability to do well internationally.

“I have a German heart – the heart of a winner. I have confidence that with the right atmosphere and the right support, the Super Eagles have the capacity not only to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but get to the latter stages of the competition.”

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I Am Yet To Receive Any Court Order – Dalung

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said on Wednesday he was yet to receive any court order nullifying Amaju Pinnick’s Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) presidency.

Dalung said this at the NFF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly in Abuja that he has not been informed of any court decision.


“As a lawyer and a Minister of Sports, till today, I have not received any court order. The court orders served on me were all dated 2014. I have never received any court order dated 2016. The court order that was served on me was dated 2014; there is not even 2015 court order; so I am even worried, this news of Jos High court.

I have not seen any court order, but I am not saying there is none, if there is any court order, I am the minister bring the court order to me, I have not seen it.

I want to appeal to all of you seated here, that you must be sincere to yourself. For me in the government, government deals with establishments.

We came into office and we inherited a government in the Nigeria Football Federation.

If the government is replaced, we will also be informed as to how it has been replaced and as a government we will change our position.

The football family must go back and put itself in order.’’


It will be recalled that on April 7, a Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, had nullified the election that brought NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and his board into office.

Dalung said he was not in a position to elect or impose a president on the federation, hence the need for the football house to find a way to resolve its issues.

He said that the Pinnick-led board had 30 days within which to appeal after which the court order would be enforced.

Dalung urged the NFF board to remain focus to the cause of football adding that the Chris Giwa led board should allow Pinnick to exercise his right.

He also urged the media not to destroy football in the country with stories that do not exist.

Earlier, Pinnick called on the minister to use his good office to bring on end to the battled in the glass house adding that it was not good for the development of football in the country.

Pinnick said that in the past two to three days the federation had lost sponsors for many games.

It will be recalled that the Chris Giwa led board addressing a news conference said that the court order had been made available to the minister.

Anti-Football Activities: Giwa, Baribote, Others Face Ban


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said on Wednesday that members of the Chris Giwa-led board of the NFF would face disciplinary action for anti-football activities.


A communique issued at the end of the NFF extraordinary meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday said that Giwa and his group would be bringing Nigerian football to ridicule and disrepute by their dealings.

It said that Giwa, Yahaya Adama, Muazu Suleyman, Sani Fema and Effiong Johnson would appear in person before the NFF disciplinary committee to defend themselves for contravention of the NFF statutes and other extant football laws.

“They will face the committee for committing acts such as illegally contracting a law firm in South Africa in the name of the NFF and refusing to pay for the services.

“This got to a point where judgment was given against the NFF by a court in South Africa.

“The action violated the statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA, CAF, WAFU, and NFF.

“For aiding and abetting the above gross misconduct, thus collectively contravening provisions of NFF, WAFU, CAF and FIFA statutes, the General Assembly referred few others to the NFF Committee on Ethics and Fairplay.

“The others are Rumson Baribote, Shehu Adamu, Ben Agary and Jide Fashion, ” the communique said.

It noted that the decision to invite the accused was in the spirit of fair hearing and in pursuant to Article 37 (1) but in the spirit of Article 37 (3) of the NFF statutes.

It also said that the congress had reversed its earlier decision aimed at barring non-members of the Congress from contesting for positions on the NFF Executive Committee following appeals by major stakeholders.

“The clause adopted at the 71st NFF General Assembly held in Abuja on Dec. 16 2015, was suspended.

“The clause is aimed at ensuring and guaranteeing professionalism in the administration of football but misinterpreted as barring non-members of the congress from contesting for positions on the NFF executive committee.

“It has therefore been suspended pending ratification at the next NFF General Assembly.

“For the avoidance of doubt the congress further affirmed that all eligible and qualified persons under the NFF statutes are eligible to contest elections, ” it added.

The congress expressed confidence in the executive committee of the NFF under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick and unanimously re-affirmed the election of his board members as was done at NFF elective congress in Warri, Delta on Sept. 30, 2014

The congress expressed its gratitude to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Sen Obinna Ogba, Senator Samuel Anyawu and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for their support.



NFF Sacks Personal Assistant To Oliseh, Names Amuneke As Flying Eagles Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has sacked Tijani Babangida, Personal Assistant to Sunday Oliseh, the Super Eagles Head Coach.


This is stated in a communiqué of meeting of the NFF Executive Committee issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Ademola Olajire, the NFF Assistant Director of Communications.


It said the disengagement of Babangida followed recommendation of the NFF Technical and Development Committee which was unanimously approved.


The board, therefore, mandated the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, to follow the due process in effecting the disengagement.


Similarly, the NFF executive committee endorsed the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee for the appointment of erstwhile Golden Eaglets’ Coach Emmanuel Amuneke, as Head Coach of the Flying Eagles.


The communiqué said Kabiru Baleria and Emeka Amadi had been appointed as Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Trainer respectively.


NFF also approved the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee that the backroom staff of the various National Teams be reconstituted immediately, with the exception of the Super Eagles.


“With its determination to find a holistic solution to the dwindling fortunes of the Senior Women National Team, Falcons, committee approved the recommendation of the Technical Committee for the appointment of expatriate coach.

“The expatriate coach will be assisted by former Super Falcons’ Captains, Florence Omagbemi, Perpetua Nkwocha and Ann Chiejine, with Bala Mohammed as Goalkeeper Trainer.

“Omagbemi will head the crew in acting capacity in the meantime.

“The Executive Committee also approved a recommendation by the Technical Committee for processes to be put in place for the training, grading and certification of all categories of football coaches in Nigeria.

“The programme, which would be run in conjunction with a consultant to be approved by the Executive Committee, will commence once approval is secured from the Confederation of African Football’’, it said.


It further stated that henceforth, Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh must report to the NFF General Secretary and the Technical and Development Committee.


The communiqué also said that Oliseh should be ready to defend his entire programme before the committee including invitation of players and training programmes at all times.


“Executive Committee reviewed the outing of the Super Eagles at the recently-concluded 4th Championship of African Nations and the events that followed. The committee rebuked Oliseh for his unwarranted statements unbecoming of a National Team Coach.

“His outburst in both regular and social media was unnecessary, However, we acknowledge his apology but the executive committee will not tolerate similar infractions in future.

“The committee approved a recommendation by the NFF Referees Committee for the introduction of Referee Assessor for matches of the Nigeria National League from 2016 season.

“The executive committee constituted ad-hoc committees to study and compose governance structures for Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League, Nationwide League One, and report back to the committee within four weeks.’’

It listed the committees as composed to include Nigeria National League to be chaired by Seyi Akinwunmi, while the Nigeria Women Football League would be chaired by Alhaji Babagana Kalli.

Nationwide League One ad-hoc committee would have Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau as its Chairman.




NFF Fines Sunday Oliseh $30,000 Over ‘Insane’ Video Rant

The Nigerian Football Federation has reportedly fined Sunday Oliseh $30,000 for his ‘insane’ outburst last week in which he claimed that his former colleagues and critics were insane to ask for his sack just because he had lost two games in 11 matches the Super Eagles have played since his reign.
The 41-year-old posted an 8-minute video on his website to hit back at what he called the ‘insanity’ of his critics. The coach has since apologized to the NFF for his outburst aimed at the Nigerian media as well as his critical former international teammates.

It is also believed that Sunday Oliseh will consult his lawyers to contest the fine imposed on him by the football body.

On Tuesday, top chiefs of the football body led by Amaju Pinnick held a meeting with the sports minister Barr. Solomon Dalung on the future of the embattled chief coach.

After Nigerians and football lovers criticized the Delta born coach for not appreciating his job by calling his critics insane, the embattled Super Eagles took to twitter to address the situation..

He Tweeted;

“When I spoke of critics I did not mean the general public of Nigeria! I would never dare refer to my beloved country men as insane!”

“How dare I insult 170 Million people who I love and have shown me so much love. Please forgive the error of editing! God bless you all.”

Since Sunday Oliseh assumed leadership of the Super Eagles following the sack of Stephen Keshi, he has not been short of controversies.

Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike have resigned from the Super Eagles following squabbles with the coach while following the team’s exit from the just concluded CHAN, Oliseh blasted the NFF for not properly motivating the players by not paying them their salaries .

Giwa Versus NFF : Court Adjourns Hearing To March 10

A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Wednesday adjourned the case filed by Chris Giwa to relist his case against Amaju Pinnick, President, Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), to March 10, 2016.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalls that Giwa had approached the court to declare him the President of the NFF and, the election of Aug. 26, 2014 that brought him, be upheld.


The case was withdrawn following pressures from major football stakeholders and threat by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), to sanction the country.


But Giwa, through his counsel, Mr Habila Ardzard, filed a request that the case be relisted.


Counsel to NFF and the Ministry of Sports, Mr Damon Dashe, filed an affidavit and requested for more time to prepare for the defense.


The defense counsel also requested for an adjournment to enable the lead counsel Festus Keyamo who was absent in court on Wednesday, to appear in the next hearing.


The judge, Justice Musa Kurya, accepted the request and adjourned the case to March 10 for hearing.




Oliseh’s Days Are Numbered — NFF Top Shot

Super Eagles Chief Coach, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh’s days with the senior national team may be numbered if the words of an enraged top shot of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF are anything to go by.



Oliseh who took over from his former team mate, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi last year has been engaging his employers and perceived enemies among some of his former colleagues and fans in war of words.


The recent being a video recorded message which he posted on his blog calling his critics “insane” people who have been giving him conditions to either write positive stories about him or even giving him names of players to invite to the national team so they can make a deal together.


The NFF top shot however said that “whether we like it or not, Oliseh will go at the end of the day. (Stephen) Keshi didn’t say as much as Oliseh has said so far. We must start to have standards in our system. If Keshi could be asked to go for saying less, what stops Oliseh from going too.”



The official shockingly revealed that Oliseh was not a collective choice of the NFF, adding that the Delta-born gaffer was imposed on the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick by another influential member of the board.



He stressed that other indigenous coach have come and gone but that none of them have given the NFF much headache like Oliseh who recently indicted the NFF, claiming that the CHAN Eagles were neglected during camping for the Rwanda championship and that he had to spend $4,000 of his personal funds to feed the players.



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Oliseh Flees Nigeria, Accuses Staff Of Witchcraft

As the zero hour approaches for the must win double header AFCON qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt on March 23, Sports Vanguard can reveal the real reasons why coach Sunday Oliseh may continue to tinker the Eagles from his base in Belgium.

After contracting a virus in one of his official assignments, camp sources informed that the former Juventus player has alleged occultic manipulations by his enemies on his life and has vowed to flee far from the country to where they could not fly to attack him.


“He is always scared in camp and suspicious of even members of his back room staff”, a close source to the team informed.

The source said that the outspoken coach allegedly confronted his staff and warned them that there were many witches and wizards who were trying to undermine the success of the Eagles.

“He warned those fond of putting their hands in their pockets before shaking him to desist or keep their handshakes as he feared they touch objects concealed in their pockets before offering to shake him”, the source said. Also, the coach alleged that many of the people surrounding him do not believe in the success of the team as he claimed that they don’t rejoice when the Eagles score goals.

Beyond the trivial accusations of witches and wizards, Sports Vanguard also gathered that the coach had written to the federation to pay his outstanding N10 million accommodation fee as agreed in his contract(N5 million for 2015 and another N5 million for 2016) if they want him to reside in Nigeria as he said he would not stay in the hotels when the Super Eagles are not in camp.

Source – Vanguardngr.com

NFF To Hire National Teams Coaches On Part-Time

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will now engage assistant coaches of the various national teams on part-time basis so as to lessen the financial burden the salaries of the coaches have caused them.

A top official disclosed: “The assistant coaches will now be on part time, strictly for when there is a tournament concerning their respective teams.

“They will therefore free to work with the clubs when they are now with the national teams.


“We have to be realistic, we have been paying many people for many years without doing anything and the financial obligation caused by just salaries of the coaches is just too huge.

“There is one of the Eagles assistant coaches who has insisted he is owed over 18 million Naira from salaries and what have you over the years.”

It was also revealed that one of the Eagles assistant coach has not been paid for the past nine months.


The NFF have already decided that developmental teams from U17 downwards will no longer be entitled to match bonuses as they save on costs.



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Nike To Review Partnership Deal With NFF Over Super Eagles’ Poor Performance

Sports kit manufacturing company NIKE may currently be reviewing their partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.



The company gave a hint of their intentions in a letter sent to the NFF on Thursday, asking the federation to furnish them with some facts.



NAN reports that the review may not be unconnected with the ratings of the Super Eagles, the senior national male football team, which is NFF’s major selling point.



The team’s current position in the latest FIFA rankings is 66th position in the world and 14th in Africa, their worst ever.

NAN also understands that the barrage of criticism which surrounded the NIKE deal when it was announced might have also necessitated the review of the partnership.

It is also understood that performances of the other nine national teams including the Golden Eaglets and Super Falcons would also be reviewed by NIKE.

Already, Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF General Secretary, has asked Ademola Olajire, the Federation’s Assistant Director of Communications, to furnish him with the team’s latest status in football.

NAN reports that NFF had signed the partnership deal with NIKE to run from April 1, 2015 to 2018 after the expiration and non-renewal of its deal with Adidas.

The NIKE deal is worth $750,000 in the first year, with NIKE supplying kits worth $1million to Nigeria in the year 2017 and 2018.

The partnership was expected to see the American sports brand design and develop football kits for both the country’s men and women national football teams until 2018.

The three-and-a-half year contract was signed by NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Sanusi, with Tina Salminen, NIKE’s African Football Sports Marketing Director, representing the company.(NAN)

NFF Apologises to Nigerians over Super Eagles’s Failure at African Nations Championship

The Nigeria Football Federation has apologized to the Federal Government and the good people of Nigeria for the Super Eagles’s failure at the 4th African Nations Championship in Rwanda.

Leading the Group C table before kick –off of the final matches on Tuesday, the Super Eagles failed to fly in a 0-1 defeat by Guinea in Rubavu that eliminated Nigeria from the continental houseparty in Rwanda.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick reiterated that the African Nations Championship is “both developmental and preparatory for bigger challenges,” and said without mincing words that the Federation would now shift focus to the qualification race for the bigger Africa Cup of Nations.

“We apologise to Nigerians for the poor outing of the Super Eagles in Rwanda, but we toe the line of CAF which states that CHAN is a developmental and preparatory competition. Of course, as Nigerians, we love to win always, and we feel bad when we don’t.

I want us to take the positives from this tournament. A player like Chisom Chikatara broke onto the global platform and players like Usman Mohammed, Chima Akas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Austin Oboroakpo and Ifeanyi Mathew confirmed their class.

“For me, it is disappointing that we did not progress. But the NFF will now focus on the 2017 AFCON qualifiers, and start preparations early for the remaining rounds,” Pinnick said.

The Super Eagles have a quick, top-of-the-table double –take against Pharaohs of Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race, with the first leg in Nigeria on March 23 and the return leg in Egypt five days later.

In June, the Super Eagles take on Chad in N’Djamena before hosting Tanzania in the final round of matches in September.

CHAN 2016: NFF, Oliseh Apologise To Nigerians Over Super Eagles’ Elimination

Coach Sunday Oliseh, has apologised over the failure of his team to make it from their group stage at the ongoing 2016 African Nations Championship.



This was revealed in a tweet by the official handle of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.


“Coach @SundayOOliseh: We apologize to Nigerians for this loss, we never planned to exit the tournament this early. The boys gave their best”.




Coach Sunday Oliseh said that losing 1-0 to Guinea in yesterday’s last group C match of the Africa Nations Championship, was something he and his team did not envisage.



He regretted the loss coming after the Super Eagles have chalked up four points from their two previous matches and only needed a draw against Guinea to advance to the quarter-final.



“We apologise to Nigerians for this loss, we never planned to exit the tournament this early. The boys gave their best,” said a sober Oliseh after the game.



Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation also expressed regrets over the Super Eagles shock exit.



NFF president, Amaju Pinnick reiterated that the African Nations Championship is “both developmental and preparatory for bigger challenges,” and said without mincing words that the Federation would now shift focus to the qualification race for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.



“We apologise to Nigerians for the poor outing of the Super Eagles in Rwanda, but we toe the line of CAF which states that CHAN is a developmental and preparatory competition. Of course, as Nigerians, we love to win always, and we feel bad when we don’t.



“I want us to take the positives from this tournament. A player like Chisom Chikatara broke onto the global platform and players like Usman Mohammed, Chima Akas, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Austin Oboroakpo and Ifeanyi Mathew confirmed their class.



“For me, it is disappointing that we did not progress. But the NFF will now focus on the 2017 AFCON qualifiers, and start preparations early for the remaining rounds,” Pinnick said.



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NFF’s Head Of Protocol, Ibrahim Abubakar Shot Dead By Robbers

The chief protocol officer of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Abubakar, has been shot dead by armed robbers in his Abuja home.


According to the federation’s official Twitter handle, the incident took place in the early hours of Wednesday.


The update read: “NFF’s Head of Protocol Ibrahim Abubakar was shot dead by armed robbers in his house in Abuja in the early hours of today.

“Abubakar’s remains is being taken to Kaduna for burial.”


Reacting to the tragedy, media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, expressed his sadness over Abubakar’s death.


He tweeted: “Shocking, devastating & tragic news about the killing of @thenff’s head of protocol Ibrahim Abubakar by armed robbers this morning in Abuja.



“May God comfort Ibrahim Abubakar’s family, friends and colleagues on this tragic, untimely loss.”

Samson Siasia Releases List Of 21 Players For Under 23 Nations Cup

Nigeria’s under – 23 team coach Samson Siasia, has announced a 21-player list for the upcoming Africa U – 23 Cup of Nations to take place in Senegal. Golden Boot winner at the 2015 Fifa Under 17 World Cup, Victor Osimhen, and Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi are the big names on the list.

In the Nigeria Under 23s latest friendly, they were held to a 1 – 1 draw by the Under 20 National Team of Gambia, with skipper Oghenekaro Etebo opening scoring in the 53rd minute.
The u-23 team will depart their training camp in the Gambia on Thursday, November 26 ahead of their first game against Mali on Sunday.
Squad list in full:-
Goalies: Yusuf Mohammed (Kano Pillars), Emmanuel Iwu (Heartland), Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers)
Defnders: Zaharadeen Bello (Kano Pillars), Seun Olubayo (Sunshine Stars), Chizoba Amaefule (Dolphins), Ebuka Iroha (Diamond Football Academy), Sincere Seth (Supreme Court FC), Seun Oduduwa (Nath Boys)
Midfielders : Azubuike Okechukwu (Yeni Matalatyaspor, Turkey), Godspower Aniefiok (Kano Pillars), Ndifreke Effiong (Abia Warriors), Usman Mohammed (FC Taraba),Tiongoli Tobara (Bayelsa United), Bature Yaro (Nasarawa United), Oghenekaro Etebo, Stanley Dimgba (both Warri Wolves)

Strikers:Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt, Germany), Victor Osimhen (Ultimate Strikers), Junior Ajayi (CS Sfaxien, Tunisia), Kufre Ebong (Warri Wolves)

NFF Says They Will Not Sack Samson Siasia

Despite intense media speculation that national U-23 team coach, Samson Siasia would be sacked soon, a member of the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh has informed that the football house has no intention of sacking the Olympic silver medal-winning coach.

Speaking exclusively to Sports Vanguard yesterday, Yusuf said:

“There has never been a time we in the technical committee or at the executive committee level discussed any such thing. I am a member of both committees and never has that come up for discussion.”

Fresh admitted however, that Siasia was queried after what was taken as an affront against his employers.

He added: “But that was not enough for the media to suggest that it would lead to Siasia’s sack.

“Siasia was queried and he has since answered to the query. It is a normal administrative procedure which should not call for speculations that are unfounded. There is no intention to sack Siasia,”he repeated.

Irate Fans Attack Match Officials, Beat Camera Man To A Pulp In Akure

A match between home clubs, Sunshine Stars and Lobi Stars ended up inconclusive in Akure in Ondo state today after football enthusiasts alleged to be loyal to Sunshine Stars, stormed the football field and attacked the referee and other football officials for failing to award their preferred team two penalty kicks which they believed they deserved. Some others allege that the irate fans were of Lobi stars.
During the fracas which occurred in the field, the official camera man of Lobi stars was attacked, beaten to a pulp and his camera destroyed. He was immediately rushed to the hospital. Lobi stars in its twitter handle accused the fans of Sunshine star of attacking them.

NFF Plans Testimonial For Enyeama

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said a testimonial will be organised for Vincent Enyeama, saying he deserves “an honourable exit” from the Super Eagles.

On Saturday, Enyeama returned to Belgium to meet with NFF president Pinnick, NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi and 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko.
Pinnick told Enyeama in clear terms that the country is bigger than any individual, and that even if he was determined to quit international football, he did not have to do so in a situation of acrimony.

“I told him that he did so well for Nigeria over the past 13-and-half years that he had been there, and by all means, is deserving of a honourable exit,” the NFF boss said.

“Whatever the situation, whether he decides to return to the team or not, the NFF will organise a worthy testimonial match in his honour because he served the nation so well.

“However, the head coach is in full charge of the team and the camp at all times, and that fact must be respected. The NFF will support and respect the decision of the head coach of any of the national teams at all times.

“Both Oliseh and Enyeama are true heroes of Nigeria football, if you look at what they achieved at different times. But Oliseh is head coach now and in charge of the team. We will continue to respect his contract; our role as a federation is advisory.”

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NFF Bans Social Media In Camp

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has hinted that Super Eagles players will be restricted on their use of social media while on international duty following the face off between Sunday Oliseh and Vincent Enyeama last Tuesday.

NFF supremo Amaju Pinnick made this known after a meeting in Belgium on Saturday with the main protagonists involved in the dispute.

Lille numero uno Vincent Enyeama made headlines last week after he took to Instagram to express his disappointment on how he was mistreated by Sunday Oliseh.

“No player launches his career through the social media. When players are at their clubs, they don’t broadcast camp situation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, ” Pinnick said.

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Joshua Jesse Kelvin: The NFF Meeting With The NSE- Beyond The Horizon.

It is no longer news that sports and sporting activities have left the realm of merely creating entertainment alone as it used to be in the past it has now become a major player in the economy.Moreso analysis and researches by most sports experts have come to a conclusion that there is a need for sports particularly football to combine sporting performance with financial performance.

Nigerian football has been overshadowed by a number of challenges ranging from government intervention in running of football (which is contrary to Article 17 of the FIFA regulation) to administrative and funding problems. Whatever prompted the visit of Amaju Pinnick led NFF to No. 2-4 Customs streets Lagos the Headquarters of the Nigerian stock exchange (NSE) one can’t tell. Whether it was to perform the increasing popular of function of ringing the closing bell at the floor of the NSE which is more like a tradition these days or actually to cement a relationship between the two institutions as they claimed only God can tell.

However the visit and the purported aspirations of pinnick  in which he expressed his hope that one day a clubs of the  NPFL would be quoted on the stock exchange was the pedestal of this piece.
We take a look of how investment in sports(football) could impacts on country’s economy.

  * Source of Revenue

The Barclay’s football as it is now called has the highest revenue of any football league in the world, with a total club revenue of 2.479billion in 2009/2010. It has also amassed a lot income from sell of television rights. For instance it was reported that television rights alone for 2010 – 2013 was purchased for 1.782 billion. In 2002 the premier league was awarded the Queens award for Enterprise in international trade category by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. Where it was recognized for its astounding contribution to international trade.

* Creates Value for the Media and Broadcasting industry

Aside from the benefits of revenue generation, it also creates value for broadcasting and media outfits. Perhaps  we’ve had of heard of Sky sports, ESPN , BBC etc. This media outfits have achieved tremendous success and international reputation from their collaboration with the BPL.

*Serves as a source of income and job creation

The Bpl  has continue to serve as a means of livelyhood to many both British and non British. It has also jobs to many as well.

  *Infrastructural development
Their has  been a lot of infrastructural developments witnessed in Britain as a result of the Bpl. It ranges from Erecting of stadiums to building good roads , hospitals, hotels and whaterview.

*Destination for Sports tourist
Many soccer fans are in the habit of travelling to watch their club play live and this will boost the tourism sector.

*Development of the Capital Market
Bpl clubs like Manchester and Arsenal are quoted on the stock exchange. What this implies is that they could decide to raise capital freely through the buying and selling of shares.

  *Source of Revenue to the Government
The Bpl also serves as a room for generation of revenue to the government through tax.

*Boost for the transport industry
We all know Heathrow and Gatwick Airports as one of the biggest in the world. Perhaps this wouldn’t have been possible without the Bpl.
By Joshua Jesse Kelvin a graduate of University of Maiduguri and a free lance writer.

Twitter handle @RealDrjj

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

FIFA Presidency: NFF Meets Over Kalu’s Ambition

Orji Uzor Kalu’s ambition to become the next FIFA president is generating excitement as Nigeria Football Federation appears reluctant to be drawn into declaring support for the former Abia State governor.

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Uzor-Kalu, declared his intention to replace Sepp Blatter in the February 2016 elections, but that move is now a subject of discussion among top football enthusiasts. Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick stated yesterday that the matter will be discussed by the executive committee of the NFF and its position will be made known.

“All I can say is that every decision regarding who to support for the FIFA election will be taken by the executive committee.

“But let me also add that there is this eligibility clause to run for the FIFA election. Article 13 sub-section 1. States that you must be in active football for the last five years as a referee, chairman of a club, president of a federation, member of executive committee and you must be actively connected to running of football in the last five years. The NFF executive committee will surely take a decision on the matter. We appreciate his contributions to Nigeria football and we will support him in any capacity.

“Orji Uzor Kalu has done well for Nigerian football. The history of the game will not be complete without mentioning his name. He was instrumental to Enyimba’s winning of the champions league back to back in 2003 and 2004.  But that was a long time ago,” Pinnick said.

Oliseh- “I Have Come To Serve My Country, Not To Wage War”

Former Super Eagles’ captain Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh resumed life as Head Coach of the team on Wednesday, with a clear message to the generality of Nigerians: “I come to serve my country, not to wage a war.”

There were several questions and insinuations at Wednesday’s colourful official presentation ceremony bothering on Oliseh’s perceived ‘stubbornness,’ but the former captain swiftly differentiated between being principled and being stubborn.

“I have come to serve, and the NFF has promised to give me all the support I need to succeed. They are the employers and I am the employee. That distinction has to be appreciated at all times.

“I have had meetings with members of the Technical and Development Committee, led by Chief Anyansi-Agwu, very knowledgeable people all. I have met members of the Executive Committee and the General Secretary. I believe we will all work together excellently. It is a huge honour to be the Head Coach of Nigeria.”

NFF President Amaju Pinnick presided over the event, supported by Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Anyansi-Agwu, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, Babagana Kalli and Ahmad Kawu, General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi and other members of NFF management, including Technical Director Shaibu Amodu.

As Pinnick announced to the audience that the NFF would immediately pay three months’ salary of Oliseh and his assistants in advance, the member of the FIFA Technical Study Group opened a window on his philosophy for player-selection.

“My assistants and myself will not invite to the camp of the National Team of Nigeria, any player who is not playing in the top division in the recognised Leagues of the world, including Nigeria. The only exception would be those players from any of the age-grade National Teams that we find exceptional and deserving of an opportunity to try and win shirts in the senior team.

“One thing I will say, dear compatriots, is that I am not a Messiah. I have come to do my very best, give 150%, to take Nigeria football to the next level, with the support of my assistants, the NFF and relevant stakeholders. I am optimistic that we will lift the Nigeria game to a new height.”

The NFF leadership later presented Oliseh and his assistants to the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Alhassan Saleh Yakmut.

Replacing Keshi? NFF In Talks With Sunday Oliseh

Sunday Oliseh is in advanced talks with the Nigerian Football Federation over becoming the new Super Eagles coach. The 40-year-old former midfielder, who captained Nigeria and won 63 caps, is set to be appointed in the coming days.

The NFF have acted quickly to fill the vacancy following the sacking of Stephen Keshi on Saturday.

Oliseh was part of the Nigeria squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and Olympic gold two years later.

He also played at the World Cup in 1994 and 1998, helping the Super Eagles to the last-16 at both tournaments and in the latter he scored a memorable winner as Nigeria shocked Spain 3-2 in a group match.

A member of the “golden generation” of Nigerian football stars, alongside Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Finidi George, Oliseh has been working as a pundit, sport consultant and Fifa Technical committee member.

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Stephen Keshi Begs Nigerians To Leave Him Alone

Sacked Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has come out to beg Nigerians to leave him alone after he was sacked over the weekend. Shortly after Keshi’s sack a lot of Nigerians have been condemning the former coach saying he deserves it while some said he was sacked based on the politics playing out at NFF. Whichever way you think, Keshi just wants all football fans to leave him alone and let him have a peaceful time with his family in America. Here’s how he begged for peace;

“Please, I want Nigerians to leave me alone and allow me spend time with my family. The only thing on my mind now is to be with my family and I don’t want to be bothered with any matter associated with the Super Eagles.


“‘I want people to understand that I do not have anything on the Super Eagles. The only thing I want to do is be with my loved ones. Direct all your questions to Yusuf or whoever is coaching the team.”

NFF Queries Keshi, Enyeama

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has fired queries to both coach Stephen Keshi and captain Vincent Enyeama over issues surrounding Super Eagles AFCON qualifier against Chad. Keshi has been asked by his employers to explain why non-league striker Gabriel Okechukwu made the Eagles team, while Enyeama has to explain his comments regarding the safety of match venue Kaduna.

Striker Okechukwu features for non-league Water FC of Abuja and he failed to make the final cut for the U20 World Cup in New Zealand after he was named on a 35-man provisional squad.

The unknown striker was so honoured by Keshi that he was even handed the revered jersey No.10 once made famous by football icons in the likes of Austin “Jay Jay” Okocha, Argentine legends Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho of Brazil, Italy legend, Roberto Baggio, the great Zinedine Zidane of France, Glenn Hoddle of England, among others.

Enyeama, on the other hand, has been queried over his comments that Kaduna was unsafe for the AFCON qualifier against Chad. The NFF were forced to issue an official statement after Enyeama’s comments on the Kaduna venue. NFF president Amaju Pinnick was quoted in the statement as saying:

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I’d Love To Be NFF President In Future – Okocha

Former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, spoke to fifa.com when he visited France to feature in the 12 Match Against Poverty, organised by Zinnedine Zidane and Ronaldo de Lima and he spoke about his desire to become the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) someday. 

What does it mean to you to take part in a charity match like this?

This event means a lot to me. It’s an opportunity for us footballers, who’ve enjoyed all the advantages life has to offer, to give something back to people in need. It’s a great and beautiful initiative.

How much pleasure do you get from being able to play again in front of a large crowd?

A lot. It’s a special feeling and it’s something you miss. It’s wonderful to have the chance to relive it all again, to run and play, to express yourself on the pitch, and all without any pressure on you either. I was very excited about it.

What’s your happiest memory of your career as a player?

I’ve got quite a few and it’s impossible for me to pick out one in particular. Every second I’ve spent on the pitch is a good memory for me, every moment when I’ve been able to express myself with the ball. I enjoyed every single moment of my footballing career, for every club I played with. I’ve got nothing but good memories.


You played for Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton Wanderers and Hull City during your career. Is there one club that’s especially close to your heart?

Yes, there is one that is particularly important to me… just don’t expect me to tell you who it is (laughs)! I don’t want to disappoint the other clubs, who also mean a lot to me. I’m keeping my secret.

And do you have a favourite goal out of all the ones you scored?

Yes, the one I got for Frankfurt against Karlsruhe in 1993 stands out a little for me. I was very young and I hadn’t made a name for myself yet. Klaus Toppmoller was my coach at the time and he started me on the bench for that game, which I wasn’t especially pleased about. We were 2-1 up when he finally decided to put me on. We were under pressure and my job was to keep the ball, but we put a break together and I suddenly found myself in the opposition penalty box with four or five defenders facing me. I just dribbled with the ball, going one way and then the next before putting the ball past the keeper, who was none other than Oliver Kahn.

That goal said a lot about how skillful you were, but do you feel you missed out on achieving something big in your career?

Yes, I feel like that about Nigeria, especially the 1994 World Cup. I really think we could have sprung a surprise, but at the time we didn’t know just how good we were. It was our first world finals and we settled for that. Looking back, though, I’m convinced we had the potential to shock the whole world.


What does football mean in Nigeria?

It’s a religion in my country. It unites the whole country as one. If the football goes well, then everything goes well. It’s more than a game, more than a sport. It’s part of our culture.

What’s your view on the state of the game in Nigeria?

You can’t be completely satisfied with the situation at the moment. We’re lacking a bit of consistency, but there’s plenty of work being done at the top. We’ve been through some tough times, but the good thing is that we’re a big country with a lot of talented players. We just need to get the right structures in place so that the light can shine for good.


And what about African football; do you think African teams are closing the gap on the big European and South American sides?

I think so, but the problem is that we still settle for very little. We celebrate a World Cup quarter-final place when it’s not enough. You have to go further. The gap has closed a lot, though. African teams are getting harder and harder to beat, and that’s a fact.


Who’s the best African player in the game right now?

I’d say Yaya Toure. He’s the most consistent performer and then there’s Jay-Jay of course (laughs)!

Nigeria won the last FIFA U-17 World Cup and their U-20 side are the reigning African champions in the age group. Are we seeing the emergence of another golden generation?

I think so, but we have to make sure that these youngsters can kick on. If we’re going to do that, we must give them support and encouragement. If we don’t give them the right backing, then it’s just going to be the same old story. We have youth teams that have shone in the past but which haven’t been able to push on at senior level.

You see yourself as the presidential type, then?

Why not? Yes. In fact, I’ve just been named the chairman of the Delta State Football Association, which I’m delighted about. Who knows what the future has in store, though?

NFF Confirms Super Eagles Friendly With Bafana Bafana In Nelspruit

The Nigeria Football Federation on Friday announced that the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, would play a friendly game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on March 29.

The match comes a little over four months after a 2-2 draw in Uyo between the two teams which kept Nigeria out of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Equatorial Guinea.

The South African team, however, endured a tough AFCON tournament, failing to qualify from the group stage although they did well during the qualifying series en-route to the AFCON 2015.

NFF in a statement said the friendly match between the two countries would take place at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

It said that the venue had hosted Nigeria’s first two matches at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, recording two 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso and Zambia.

“Both teams will use the platform to prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series,’’ NFF said.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Henry Nwosu, Nigeria’s ex-international, described the proposed friendly match as “a good development’’, adding that Bafana Bafana are no push over in football.

He said that, Bafana Bafana had proved their capabilities prior to the 2015 edition of the Africa Football Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

“It is a great development, Bafana Bafana will give Super Eagles a good match because they are a good side with quality players.

“However, the question is under who Super Eagles will be playing in South Africa and which players will be paraded on that day.

“The NFF needs to put its house in order as regards the Eagles coach and also state the players that will be filing out on that day. (NAN)

Stop Insulting the Country in Public, NFF Responds to Keshi’s “Slave Contract” Allegation

Technical Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Felix Anyansi-Agwu has criticised Stephen Keshi for saying a new deal offered him by the football authority amounted to a “slave contract”. Keshi reportedly made the remarks after receiving his new contract following an eight month wait.

A debate had raged in Nigeria over whether Keshi should be given a new deal, despite new offer to the NFF and stop embarrassing the country or his potential employers in the media.

“Contracts are not signed on the pages of newspapers and his objections or concerns should be addressed to the federation and not to outsiders.“The act of taking contractual matters to the media doesn’t show maturity and discipline from [Stephen] Keshi,” Anyansi-Agwu told BBC Sport.

“Why insult your potential employers in the media if you plan to work with them. He should stop embarrassing and insulting the country in public, it’s the reason he has a lawyer who could speak to us.”

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Go If You’re Not Happy With Our Contract, NFF Tells Keshi

Technical Committee Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Felix Anyansi-Agwu has criticised Stephen Keshi for saying a new deal offered him by the football authority amounted to a “slave contract”.

The 52 year old Keshi reportedly made the remarks after receiving his new contract following an eight month wait.

A debate had raged in Nigeria over whether Keshi should be given a new deal, despite new offer to the NFF and stop embarrassing the country or his potential employers in the media.


“The act of taking contractual matters to the media doesn’t show maturity and discipline from [Stephen] Keshi,” Anyansi-Agwu told BBC Sport.

“Contracts are not signed on the pages of newspapers and his objections or concerns should be addressed to the federation and not to outsiders.

“Why insult your potential employers in the media if you plan to work with them. He should stop embarrassing and insulting the country in public, it’s the reason he has a lawyer who could speak to us.”

Keshi took over in November 2011 and his initial contract with the NFF ran out after last year’s World Cup in Brazil, where Nigeria reached the second round stage.

As caretaker coach he endured a turbulent 2014, in which he was sacked by the NFF and only reinstalled after intervention from Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan.

BBC Sport understands that Keshi has now been offered a two-year contract effective from 1 March 2015 with him having to meet several targets. He is also required to sign a code of conduct, or else the deal is off.

His latest outburst has led to Anyansi-Agwu urging him to ‘walk away’ if he is not happy to share his concerns directly with the NFF.

“The whole thing should not have been blown out of proportion. It’s the NFF employing Keshi and not the other way round, so if he’s not happy he can simply ‘walk away’.

“The role is not his birth right, so he should stop acting like it’s him or no one else.

“He’s not going about it the right way. Keshi can’t employ those employing him, so if he’s not happy he should come back to us and we can look into it.

“Keshi has worked in other countries and he didn’t engage Togo and Mali in a media war, so if he has advisers then they should tell him the matured path to follow, “Anywansi-Agwu added.

Arsene Wenger Offers to Train Nigerian Coaches

In the bid to build alliances that would strengthen football in Nigeria, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that his visit to Arsenal was not to talk about players alone, as Arsene Wenger was teaching him some trade secrets, which has made Arsenal a very top side.

The president further stated that, “if you want to be the best, then you must roll with the best, as the English Premier League manager will start tutoring handlers of Nigeria national teams.

“Arsene taught me a couple of things during my visit even in administration. You need to learn from the best to be ranked among the best”. he said

“I hailed his knowledge, he’s truly a professor. It goes beyond just teaching you things on the field,
there’s need to also gain some knowledge off the field too.

“He has also pledged to make himself available to us whenever we needed to train our senior coaches, Arsene was overwhelmed by our visit.”
source: PM news

Confusion Trails N14 Million Payment to Keshi By NSC

THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Tuesday denied it has agreed a new contract with Super Eagles’ Coach, Stephen Keshi, who was reported to have received two months’ salary worth N14 million from the National Sports Commission (NSC).

Sources at the NSC disclosed that Keshi, who was on a monthly N5 million salary before the expiration of his contract in July, has been given a new deal valued at N7 million a month.

Tuesday, a source at the NFF, who pleaded anonymity, said it was preposterous to imagine that the Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, would enter into a fresh deal with Keshi without the knowledge of the Federation, who in the first place employed the coach.

According to the source, “we have agreed to extend Keshi’s contract and we are looking at several issues before finalizing the deal. So, I don’t know where the story that he has a new improved contract is coming from.

“In any case, the Sports Minister is a gentleman, who knows the right path to things like this, so, I don’t believe he has given Keshi a new contract to work for the NFF. The said N14 million could be payment for other services to the country and not as reward for the job he would do for us.

 “To arrive at a new contract both parties must sit down to sort out some issues. You cannot tell me that the NFF will not be party to any discussion or agreement on the national team coach’s salary.”

A local website Tuesday reported that the sports minister has paid Keshi’s salary for the past two months.

It said that Keshi was paid N14 million (about $83,000) for October and November by Danagogo even though there is no contractual agreement between the coach and the NF

Keshi Is Responsible For AFCON Failure – Sunday Oliseh

Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh, has said Stephen Keshi should shoulder the blame for Nigeria’s failure to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Oliseh, writing in his blog, faulted Keshi’s constant line-up changes and failure to settle on his best 11 players, a situation he claimed made them not to play as a team.

”The uncoordinated way in which Super Eagles play, which triggered our recent elimination, is borne out of the fact that there were too much line-up changes.

“When you lack ‘raw’ quality in your team, you advocate and build success via team work, team play and a regular team to compensate for what you lack in individual quality,” Sl10.ng quoted Oliseh as saying in the blog.

He also lashed out at Keshi’s poor handling of his critics, saying not all those who criticise the out of contract Super Eagles coach are interested in his job.

“It is a crime to air your opinion, give advice or suggestions on how to better the Super Eagles without the handlers throwing insults at you or crying out that you seek their job,” he added.

“They probably do this because they got the job by back stabbing; hence they fail to understand that not everyone needs or wants to coach the Super Eagles.”

The outspoken Ex Juventus man, who is a licensed UEFA grade A coach, continued by saying Keshi and his technical crew lack the proper qualification requirements to lead a team like the Super Eagles, and that also means they were unable to achieve success in the long haul even though they won the AFCON in 2013.

“Most of us played football as kids, we all have an opinion or idea about football. This, however, leads some to think they are experts. This is not only wrong, but dangerous,” he continued.

“Should you want to be a top coach, you have to study and get yourself certified and even then you are not guaranteed success.

Source – www.thenationonlineng.net

Now That Keshi Is Gone? By Paschal Chikero

Fellow Nigerians I am writing this with a heart full of pain and disappointments. I knew that Stephen Keshi’s enemies are still in the glass house but what beat my imagination is I never knew that his enemies are the dumb ones. Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has finally gotten rid of the first black coach to win a Nations Cup for Nigeria, the first Nigerian Ex-International who became a coach and led Nigeria to the senior world cup. The first exportable coach from Nigeria. A coach that created stars from local clubs when they said home-based players are training materials. We can talk about the Mbas, Obuabunas, Reuben Gabriels today because a Stephen Keshi was here. The most painful part is that it was done in a very disrespectful manner. A coach with such a delicious profile should not be made to look like a scum. From hero to villain. From the celebrated to the rejected one. I think they should have given him a little time to win back the lost love then give him a befitting exit. What kind of human being does this? This man won his game with Sudan for Christ’s sake.

For some time now Nigerians have like they always did been calling for a change of coach but what they got is a disaster! How can one replace Stephen Keshi with the bitter-kola chewing Amodu Shaibu? Yes you may say he has always done the dirty jobs but this is not progressive because he is always replaced with a foreign coach after qualifying the team for any competition… this is a bad sign in my books. It looks like in the glass house Amudu is seen as the mercenary who comes to do the dirty jobs and finally gets treated like a sinner. At this point, I just blame Stephen Keshi for not following his heart in South Africa when he was singing the resignation song. Listening to Nigerians and Dr. Mike Adenuga was the worst mistake of his life. Keshi would have bowed out when the ovation was loudest but we deceived him, dragged our hero into the mud and stoned him.

Now that Stephen Keshi is gone, one would think that the NFF or who ever that is controlling the masquerade would be making moves in the right direction but with the handwriting on the wall, we are heading back to where the rain was beating us mercilessly!

I know that Amodu has been made an interim coach so that the vampires will take their time to find a foreign coach they will use to siphon money…. This they have missed since the arrival of Keshi. They will bring a foreign coach that knows nothing and cares less about our football. He will come and bamboozle us with media hypes, give us lofty hope and dump us! This MOFOS in the glass house won’t see the likes of Sunday Oliseh or even Samson Siasia( now the under 23 team coach) to contract, they will bring a white man they can use as a conduit to suck out funds… criminals in the glass house.

Where are we really going? Definitely it is not forward.

My question is, is this move Amuju Pinnic’s “acceptance speech” or is he being remoted by the wolves because this sack resembles what the pre Maigari NFF would do. Now that Maigari is gone, have we swerved into the dark lane? “Time will tell” (in Bob Marley’s voice)

The Writer, Paschal Oge Chikero is the founder of Chikero Online. He tweets as @sirchikero.

Articles on www.omojuwa.com are solely authors opinion

Keshi Reacts To Sack, Insists “It Is Not The End Of The World”

Stephen Keshi has spoken about the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to finally dismiss him as coach of the Super Eagles and says it was time for him to move on.

“It is about time for me to move on, my dear. This is not the end of the world for me,” he told Premium Times on Thursday.

Keshi took over the Nigerian national team four years ago and led them to glory in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. The Big Boss also took charge of the Eagles at last year’s Confederations Cup and this year’s World Cup in Brazil, where they were eliminated in the second round.

However, the 52-year-old has struggled to produce good results as the African champions began their 2015 AFCON qualifying series, recording just one win – which came on Wednesday against Sudan.

Despite the sack, Keshi and his assistants will be sponsored by the NFF for coaching courses in any country of their choice.

Stephen Keshi Sacked As Super Eagles Coach , Amodu To Replace Him As Interim Manager

The Big Boss has been relieved of his job in charge of the Super Eagles along with his coaching crew and has been replaced with Amodu Shaibu and a consortium of local coaches

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the sack of Stephen Keshi as coach of the Super Eagles early on Thursday morning.

He will be replaced, alongside his assistants Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu, by a consortium of local coaches led by former coach Amodu Shaibu who will handle the team’s remaining Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches until a substantive trainer is employed.

Keshi’s job had come under intense scrutiny since the start of the qualifiers in September when the team lost 3-2 to Congo at home before picking one point in a draw against South Africa in Cape Town.

A further defeat in Khartoum to Sudan made his tenure look like coming to an inglorious end after a fairy tale year where he led the Super Eagles to victory at the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.

The title defense in Morocco next year was looking bleak until Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Sudan in Abuja restored a glimmer of hope.

Keshi had also become embroiled in fights over players with Villareal striker Ikechukwu Uche being accused of wanting to be begged to play for the country. The player has denied all allegations.

However, the new NFF board was not convinced about his abilities and has now relieved him of the job, urging him and his assistants to proceed on any training programme of their choice that would be funded by the federation as a form of gratitude to the “national heroes”.

Their exit means that former national team coach, Shaibu, who has been a part of the NFF in a technical role, will now return to the position for the next tow matches against Congo and South Africa

New Nigerian FA bosses Elected to End Leadership Tussle

 Nigeria’s embattled football association on Tuesday elects a new president and executive committee, hoping to draw a line under a leadership struggle that took the country to the brink of a FIFA ban.

The 44-member congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) meets in the southern city of Warri to determine who will lead the organisation for the next four years.

Seven people are in contention for one of the toughest jobs in African football but Aminu Maiguri, whose time as NFF president has been controversial, has ruled himself out of the race.

Businessman Shehu Dikko, who helped arrange a tour by Manchester United in 2008 and has brokered several tie-ups with the English Premier League, is believed to be the front-runner. His main rivals are said to be Delta FC chairman Amaju Pinnick and former NFF general-secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi.

The new top table will also have to decide the future of national team manager Stephen Keshi, who has been the subject of speculation that he will quit or be replaced by a foreign coach.

Maigari was widely expected to win a second, four-year term on the back of the Super Eagles’ success in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and a fourth FIFA Under-17 World Cup win last year.