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  •  Akogun Olugbenga Omole the Chairman of the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Information Youth and Sports Development has congratulated Dele Ajayi and Gbenga Elegbeleye on their elevation to the management level of football administration in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ajayi was on Saturday in Benin City elected as one of the two board members representing the South West region on the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Also Gbenga Elegbeleye was appointed as the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee IMC the committee saddled with the responsibility of revitalising the premier league in the country Omole in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Akure said that Ondo State scored a brace in Nigeria s football management He said that the state had once again proved its mettle in football administration in Nigeria as two of its prominent sons got elevation into the football management team at the national level with the mandate to improve the sport Omole noted that both men would do the state proud in their various capacities to move football forward in the country On behalf of the various sports stakeholders in Ondo State I congratulate both men on this laudable achievement and wish them all the best as they steer the ship of Nigeria s football to an enviable height I have no doubt as to the positive impact these gentlemen will have on our football administration and look forward to celebrating more wins Congratulations again he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lawmaker congratulates Elegbeleye, Ajayi on elevation to national football management
     Akogun Olugbenga Omole the Chairman of the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Information Youth and Sports Development has congratulated Dele Ajayi and Gbenga Elegbeleye on their elevation to the management level of football administration in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ajayi was on Saturday in Benin City elected as one of the two board members representing the South West region on the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Also Gbenga Elegbeleye was appointed as the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee IMC the committee saddled with the responsibility of revitalising the premier league in the country Omole in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Akure said that Ondo State scored a brace in Nigeria s football management He said that the state had once again proved its mettle in football administration in Nigeria as two of its prominent sons got elevation into the football management team at the national level with the mandate to improve the sport Omole noted that both men would do the state proud in their various capacities to move football forward in the country On behalf of the various sports stakeholders in Ondo State I congratulate both men on this laudable achievement and wish them all the best as they steer the ship of Nigeria s football to an enviable height I have no doubt as to the positive impact these gentlemen will have on our football administration and look forward to celebrating more wins Congratulations again he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lawmaker congratulates Elegbeleye, Ajayi on elevation to national football management
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    Lawmaker congratulates Elegbeleye, Ajayi on elevation to national football management

    Akogun Olugbenga Omole, the Chairman of the Ondo State House of Assembly Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development,   has congratulated Dele Ajayi and Gbenga Elegbeleye on their elevation to the  management level of football administration in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ajayi was, on Saturday in Benin City, elected as one of the two board members representing the South-West region on the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

    Also, Gbenga Elegbeleye was appointed as the Chairman of the Interim Management Committee (IMC), the committee saddled with the responsibility of  revitalising  the  premier league in the country.

    Omole, in a statement made available to newsmen on Saturday in Akure, said that Ondo State scored a brace in Nigeria’s football management.

    He said that the state had, once again,  proved its mettle in football administration in Nigeria as two of its prominent sons got elevation into the football management team at the national level with the mandate to improve the sport.

    Omole noted that both men would do the state proud in their various capacities to move football forward in the country.

    “On behalf of the various sports’ stakeholders in Ondo State, I congratulate both men on this laudable achievement and wish them all the best as they steer the ship of Nigeria’s football to an enviable height.

    “I have no doubt as to the positive impact these gentlemen will have on our football administration and look forward to celebrating more wins.

    Congratulations again,” he said.


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  •  The Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu on Friday in Benin showered encomiums on the outgoing President of Nigeria Football Federation NFF Amaju Pinnick Shaibu while declaring open activities ahead of the election of new NFF executive committee members said Pinnick adequate represented Nigeria in the Federation of International Football Associations FIFA Pinnick was the face of Nigeria in the association He represented the country well in FIFA and it will not be out of place to say he was the face of Nigeria in FIFA He said Pinnick s quest for the best led to Edo having one of the best football pitches which was of international standard The Deputy Governor promised that Edo would always partner NFF in football development noting that Edo had always been known as the home of football in the country Because of the state government s love for football government is planning to build 20 mini stadia in our local government areas to promote grassroots football in the state If grassroots football is not encouraged the country may end up not having the likes of Austin Eguavoen and others who have done the country proud in football he said Shaibu however advised NFF to at all times explore dialogue in resolving disputes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo deputy governor commends Pinnick for “adequately” representing Nigeria in FIFA 
     The Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu on Friday in Benin showered encomiums on the outgoing President of Nigeria Football Federation NFF Amaju Pinnick Shaibu while declaring open activities ahead of the election of new NFF executive committee members said Pinnick adequate represented Nigeria in the Federation of International Football Associations FIFA Pinnick was the face of Nigeria in the association He represented the country well in FIFA and it will not be out of place to say he was the face of Nigeria in FIFA He said Pinnick s quest for the best led to Edo having one of the best football pitches which was of international standard The Deputy Governor promised that Edo would always partner NFF in football development noting that Edo had always been known as the home of football in the country Because of the state government s love for football government is planning to build 20 mini stadia in our local government areas to promote grassroots football in the state If grassroots football is not encouraged the country may end up not having the likes of Austin Eguavoen and others who have done the country proud in football he said Shaibu however advised NFF to at all times explore dialogue in resolving disputes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Edo deputy governor commends Pinnick for “adequately” representing Nigeria in FIFA 
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    Edo deputy governor commends Pinnick for “adequately” representing Nigeria in FIFA 

    The Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, on Friday in Benin showered encomiums on the outgoing President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.

    Shaibu, while declaring open activities ahead of the election of new NFF executive committee members, said Pinnick adequate represented Nigeria in the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).

    “Pinnick was the face of Nigeria in the association.

    He represented the country well in FIFA, and it will not be out of place to say he was the face of Nigeria in FIFA.

    ” He said Pinnick’s quest for the best led to Edo having one of the best football pitches which was of international standard.

    The Deputy Governor promised that Edo would always partner NFF in football development, noting that Edo had always been known as the home of football in the country.

    “Because of the state government’s love for football, government is planning to build 20 mini-stadia in our local government areas to promote grassroots football in the state.

    “If grassroots football is not encouraged, the country may end up not having the likes of Austin Eguavoen and others who have done the country proud in football,” he said.

    Shaibu, however, advised NFF to at all times explore dialogue in resolving disputes.

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  •  Musa Amadu has dismissed reports making the rounds on his withdrawal from the Nigeria Football Federation NFF presidential race The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amadu is one of the 11 candidates vying for the NFF Presidential election slated for Friday in Benin A statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Amadu described as mischief the report that he had withdrawn from the race The former NFF General Secretary assured his supporters not to entertain any fear saying he was still in the race I Musa Amadu will participate in the Sept 30 election This notice becomes necessary following several rumours that I have pulled out from the presidential race as nothing of such news emanated from me I assure all my supporters that I will be contesting for the position of the President of Nigeria Football Federation in Benin City Edo come Friday Sept 30 he said A Federal High Court Abuja had initially issued an order on Sept 15 putting the NFF Election on hold Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the Minister of Sports Amaju Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction Jalla Baribote Austin Popo and the registered trustees of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers trading under the name of Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria are the plaintiffs in the suit PFAN is advocating for equal representation for all the five statutory bodies that make up the NFF as it relates to voting rights and representation on the NFF board NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: Amadu dismisses report on withdrawal from presidential race
     Musa Amadu has dismissed reports making the rounds on his withdrawal from the Nigeria Football Federation NFF presidential race The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amadu is one of the 11 candidates vying for the NFF Presidential election slated for Friday in Benin A statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Amadu described as mischief the report that he had withdrawn from the race The former NFF General Secretary assured his supporters not to entertain any fear saying he was still in the race I Musa Amadu will participate in the Sept 30 election This notice becomes necessary following several rumours that I have pulled out from the presidential race as nothing of such news emanated from me I assure all my supporters that I will be contesting for the position of the President of Nigeria Football Federation in Benin City Edo come Friday Sept 30 he said A Federal High Court Abuja had initially issued an order on Sept 15 putting the NFF Election on hold Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the Minister of Sports Amaju Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction Jalla Baribote Austin Popo and the registered trustees of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers trading under the name of Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria are the plaintiffs in the suit PFAN is advocating for equal representation for all the five statutory bodies that make up the NFF as it relates to voting rights and representation on the NFF board NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: Amadu dismisses report on withdrawal from presidential race
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    NFF Elections: Amadu dismisses report on withdrawal from presidential race

    Musa Amadu, has dismissed reports making the rounds on his withdrawal from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) presidential race.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amadu is one of the 11 candidates vying for the NFF Presidential election slated for Friday in Benin.

    A statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Amadu, described as mischief the report that he had withdrawn from the race.

    The former NFF General Secretary assured his supporters not to entertain any fear, saying he was still in the race.

    “I, Musa Amadu will participate in the Sept. 30 election.

    “This notice becomes necessary following several rumours that I have pulled out from the presidential race; as nothing of such news emanated from me.

    “I assure all my supporters that I will be contesting for the position of the President of Nigeria Football Federation in Benin City, Edo come Friday, Sept. 30,” he said.

    A Federal High Court Abuja had initially issued an order on Sept. 15, putting the NFF Election on hold.

    Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants, Celsus Ukpong, ordered the Minister of Sports, Amaju Pinnick or any person, acting on their instruction, to maintain a status quo.

    This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

    Jalla, Baribote, Austin Popo, and the registered trustees of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers (trading under the name of Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria) are the plaintiffs in the suit.

    PFAN is advocating for equal representation for all the five statutory bodies that make up the NFF as it relates to voting rights and representation on the NFF board.


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  •  The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja urged stakeholders in the Nigerian football family to remain calm and abide by a Sept 15 order of the Federal High Court The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Football Federation NFF had scheduled Friday in Benin for the elections into the 2022 to 2026 NFF Executive Committee However Ismaila Abubakar Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in a statement said Federal Government wanted the stakeholders not to do anything or take any further steps particularly as regards the elections He said the Ministry was not oblivious of recent developments concerning the NFF Elective Congress which ordinarily had been scheduled for Friday The Ministry is also aware of the Federal High Court order by Justice I E Ekwo on Sept 15 whereby the Court had directed all parties including NFF and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development to maintain status quo ante pending the final Order of Court The Permanent Secretary said the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development would abide with and obey the court order and advised all stakeholders to do same Following from the Order of Court which had also been served on the Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development as Third Defendant in the case under reference the Minister of Youth and Sports Development will obey and abide by the Court Order The Minister hereby advises all other Defendants in this case including the NFF to abide by the Order of Court by not doing anything or taking any further step s particularly as regards NFF elections which will be or could be interpreted to amount to disobedience to lawful Court Order or Contempt Of Court Abubakar reminded football stakeholders that it was also in the public domain that the NFF known under Nigeria s existing laws as NFA NFA ACT 2004 is one of the parastatals under the Ministry He added that the Ministry was studying all processes served on it concerning the court case and would take appropriate steps or action to defend itself within the context permitted by the country s laws Stakeholders in the Nigerian football family are therefore urged to remain calm and law abiding as the Ministry seeks a resolution NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG asks football stakeholders to abide by court order on NFF elections
     The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja urged stakeholders in the Nigerian football family to remain calm and abide by a Sept 15 order of the Federal High Court The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Football Federation NFF had scheduled Friday in Benin for the elections into the 2022 to 2026 NFF Executive Committee However Ismaila Abubakar Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in a statement said Federal Government wanted the stakeholders not to do anything or take any further steps particularly as regards the elections He said the Ministry was not oblivious of recent developments concerning the NFF Elective Congress which ordinarily had been scheduled for Friday The Ministry is also aware of the Federal High Court order by Justice I E Ekwo on Sept 15 whereby the Court had directed all parties including NFF and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development to maintain status quo ante pending the final Order of Court The Permanent Secretary said the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development would abide with and obey the court order and advised all stakeholders to do same Following from the Order of Court which had also been served on the Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development as Third Defendant in the case under reference the Minister of Youth and Sports Development will obey and abide by the Court Order The Minister hereby advises all other Defendants in this case including the NFF to abide by the Order of Court by not doing anything or taking any further step s particularly as regards NFF elections which will be or could be interpreted to amount to disobedience to lawful Court Order or Contempt Of Court Abubakar reminded football stakeholders that it was also in the public domain that the NFF known under Nigeria s existing laws as NFA NFA ACT 2004 is one of the parastatals under the Ministry He added that the Ministry was studying all processes served on it concerning the court case and would take appropriate steps or action to defend itself within the context permitted by the country s laws Stakeholders in the Nigerian football family are therefore urged to remain calm and law abiding as the Ministry seeks a resolution NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG asks football stakeholders to abide by court order on NFF elections
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    FG asks football stakeholders to abide by court order on NFF elections

    The Federal Government on Wednesday in Abuja urged stakeholders in the Nigerian football family to remain calm and abide by a Sept. 15 order of the Federal High Court.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had scheduled Friday in Benin for the elections into the 2022 to 2026 NFF Executive Committee.

    However, Ismaila Abubakar, Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, in a statement said Federal Government wanted the stakeholders “not to do anything, or take any further steps particularly, as regards the elections”.

    He said the Ministry was not oblivious of recent developments concerning the NFF Elective Congress which ordinarily had been scheduled for Friday.

    “The Ministry is also aware of the Federal High Court order, by Justice I.

    E. Ekwo on Sept. 15, whereby the Court had directed all parties, including NFF and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development to maintain status quo ante pending the final Order of Court.

    ”The Permanent Secretary said the office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development would abide with and obey the court order, and advised all stakeholders to do same.

    “Following from the Order of Court, which had also been served on the Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development as Third Defendant in the case under reference, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development will obey and abide by the Court Order.

    “The Minister hereby advises all other Defendants in this case, including the NFF, to abide by the Order of Court by not doing anything or taking any further step(s), particularly as regards NFF elections, which will be or could be interpreted to amount to disobedience to lawful Court Order or Contempt Of Court.

    ”Abubakar reminded football stakeholders that it was also in the public domain that the NFF, known under Nigeria’s existing laws as NFA (NFA ACT 2004).

    is one of the parastatals under the Ministry.

    He added that the Ministry was studying all processes served on it concerning the court case, and would take appropriate steps or action to defend itself within the context permitted by the country’s laws.

    “Stakeholders in the Nigerian football family are therefore urged to remain calm and law-abiding as the Ministry seeks a resolution”.

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  •  Some Presidential Candidates in the upcoming Nigeria Football Federation NFF elections have expressed optimism that the elective congress would still go on as scheduled on Friday in Benin A cross section of some presidential candidates spoke to newsmen after a crucial meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare on Tuesday in Abuja They noted that nothing had changed adding that the election will still go ahead as scheduled on Sept 30 in Benin despite a court order on Sept 15 putting the NFF Elections on hold Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the minister Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction Former NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi said the meeting with the minister was just a heart to heart discussion about where they were as football administrators government and as Nigerians It wasn t anything controversial there wasn t any issue that will make anyone of us frown So really there isn t much to report unfortunately beyond the fact that we are all going back tonight to our various locations I guess to continue our hustle and campaign for votes The issue of the court order has to do with the Electoral Committee and not with us So there s no much we can do If the Electoral Committee says that this is what their interpretation of what was served on them means that we can t have elections then we don t if it says we can then we do So you don t worry yourself over something you don t have control over he said Idah Peterside and an ex international expressed his gratitude to the minister for allaying the fears of all the presidential candidates We want to thank the Minister because we all had our fears concerning the election But a whole lot of things have been cleared and we are all going to Edo we are all going for the elections You can see us happy and taking pictures with the minster Everything is in order We really want to thank the minster as we had some reassurances that everything is in order and the government is taking care of it We thank the minister for helping to calm all the nerves So we are all going ahead unless something else changes he said Mouktar Mohammed Chairman FCT Football Association said that the meeting was a welcome development adding that as stakeholders the minister is the leader of sports in Nigeria We obliged to the meeting as stakeholders and aspirants to have a dialogue because there are issues on ground So it was a very good meeting and everybody comes away with the feeling that government is guiding the process in the right direction he said Mohammed noted that there were certain decisions that he expects the Electoral Committee to take which had to do with advise from the security agencies as well as some investigations He said all the presidential candidates were well aware of the court order adding that they are all law abiding citizens There are still days to go and the court order could be vacated but as law abiding citizens we will follow what the court says So it s an ongoing discussion and there are no conclusions yet I am sure in the next few days we will hear more Everybody is anxious and we hope at the end of the day there will be a credible process and everybody would accept the process and football will begin to grow and ensure everybody is on board he said On the 10 year masterplan the chairman said he was a big fan of the document adding that the country now have a document that will make the game grow The Minister has done a good job with the masterplan and I have said that if I am elected I will work with government to ensure that it is implemented properly I have always felt that the NFF has to be a partner of government and all other stakeholders So I would love to see a resolution of all the issues from any stakeholder in the football family he said Christian Emeruwa Head of Safety and Security Department Confederation of Africa Football CAF on his part said the presentation of the 10 year plan by the minister to all the presidential aspirants was the highlight of the meeting for him More importantly the minister handed over the 10 year master plan to each of the contestants with the hope that whoever emerges as the president should be able to work with it This is also what the Federal Government wants to see in football So I think it was a good meeting as you can see everybody is happy and smiling and hopefully we are looking forward to the show he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: Nothing has changed, presidential candidates say
     Some Presidential Candidates in the upcoming Nigeria Football Federation NFF elections have expressed optimism that the elective congress would still go on as scheduled on Friday in Benin A cross section of some presidential candidates spoke to newsmen after a crucial meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr Sunday Dare on Tuesday in Abuja They noted that nothing had changed adding that the election will still go ahead as scheduled on Sept 30 in Benin despite a court order on Sept 15 putting the NFF Elections on hold Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the minister Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction Former NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi said the meeting with the minister was just a heart to heart discussion about where they were as football administrators government and as Nigerians It wasn t anything controversial there wasn t any issue that will make anyone of us frown So really there isn t much to report unfortunately beyond the fact that we are all going back tonight to our various locations I guess to continue our hustle and campaign for votes The issue of the court order has to do with the Electoral Committee and not with us So there s no much we can do If the Electoral Committee says that this is what their interpretation of what was served on them means that we can t have elections then we don t if it says we can then we do So you don t worry yourself over something you don t have control over he said Idah Peterside and an ex international expressed his gratitude to the minister for allaying the fears of all the presidential candidates We want to thank the Minister because we all had our fears concerning the election But a whole lot of things have been cleared and we are all going to Edo we are all going for the elections You can see us happy and taking pictures with the minster Everything is in order We really want to thank the minster as we had some reassurances that everything is in order and the government is taking care of it We thank the minister for helping to calm all the nerves So we are all going ahead unless something else changes he said Mouktar Mohammed Chairman FCT Football Association said that the meeting was a welcome development adding that as stakeholders the minister is the leader of sports in Nigeria We obliged to the meeting as stakeholders and aspirants to have a dialogue because there are issues on ground So it was a very good meeting and everybody comes away with the feeling that government is guiding the process in the right direction he said Mohammed noted that there were certain decisions that he expects the Electoral Committee to take which had to do with advise from the security agencies as well as some investigations He said all the presidential candidates were well aware of the court order adding that they are all law abiding citizens There are still days to go and the court order could be vacated but as law abiding citizens we will follow what the court says So it s an ongoing discussion and there are no conclusions yet I am sure in the next few days we will hear more Everybody is anxious and we hope at the end of the day there will be a credible process and everybody would accept the process and football will begin to grow and ensure everybody is on board he said On the 10 year masterplan the chairman said he was a big fan of the document adding that the country now have a document that will make the game grow The Minister has done a good job with the masterplan and I have said that if I am elected I will work with government to ensure that it is implemented properly I have always felt that the NFF has to be a partner of government and all other stakeholders So I would love to see a resolution of all the issues from any stakeholder in the football family he said Christian Emeruwa Head of Safety and Security Department Confederation of Africa Football CAF on his part said the presentation of the 10 year plan by the minister to all the presidential aspirants was the highlight of the meeting for him More importantly the minister handed over the 10 year master plan to each of the contestants with the hope that whoever emerges as the president should be able to work with it This is also what the Federal Government wants to see in football So I think it was a good meeting as you can see everybody is happy and smiling and hopefully we are looking forward to the show he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: Nothing has changed, presidential candidates say
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    NFF Elections: Nothing has changed, presidential candidates say

    Some Presidential Candidates in the upcoming Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) elections have expressed optimism that the elective congress would still go on as scheduled on Friday in Benin.

    A cross section of some presidential candidates spoke to newsmen after a crucial meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    They noted that nothing had changed, adding that the election will still go ahead as scheduled on Sept. 30 in Benin, despite a court order on Sept. 15, putting the NFF Elections on hold.

    Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants, Celsus Ukpong, ordered the minister, Pinnick or any person, acting on their instruction, to maintain a status quo.

    This, he said, was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

    Former NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, said the meeting with the minister was just a heart-to-heart discussion about where they were as football administrators, government and as Nigerians.

    “It wasn’t anything controversial, there wasn’t any issue that will make anyone of us frown.

    “So, really there isn’t much to report unfortunately beyond the fact that we are all going back tonight to our various locations I guess to continue our hustle and campaign for votes.

    “The issue of the court order has to do with the Electoral Committee and not with us.

    “So, there’s no much we can do.

    If the Electoral Committee says that this is what their interpretation of what was served on them means, that we can’t have elections, then we don’t, if it says we can, then we do.

    “So, you don’t worry yourself over something you don’t have control over,” he said.

    Idah Peterside and an ex-international expressed his gratitude to the minister for allaying the fears of all the presidential candidates.

    “We want to thank the Minister because we all had our fears concerning the election.

    “But, a whole lot of things have been cleared and we are all going to Edo, we are all going for the elections.

    “You can see us happy and taking pictures with the minster.

    Everything is in order.

    “We really want to thank the minster as we had some reassurances that everything is in order and the government is taking care of it.

    “We thank the minister for helping to calm all the nerves.

    So we are all going ahead unless something else changes,” he said.

    Mouktar Mohammed, Chairman, FCT Football Association, said that the meeting was a welcome development, adding that as stakeholders, the minister is the leader of sports in Nigeria.

    “We obliged to the meeting as stakeholders and aspirants to have a dialogue because there are issues on ground.

    “So, it was a very good meeting and everybody comes away with the feeling that government is guiding the process in the right direction,” he said.

    Mohammed noted that there were certain decisions that he expects the Electoral Committee to take which had to do with advise from the security agencies as well as some investigations.

    He said all the presidential candidates were well aware of the court order, adding that they are all law abiding citizens.

    “There are still days to go and the court order could be vacated, but as law abiding citizens we will follow what the court says.

    “So, it’s an ongoing discussion and there are no conclusions yet.

    I am sure in the next few days we will hear more.

    “Everybody is anxious and we hope at the end of the day there will be a credible process and everybody would accept the process and football will begin to grow and ensure everybody is on board,” he said.

    On the 10-year masterplan, the chairman said he was a big fan of the document, adding that the country now have a document that will make the game grow.

    “The Minister has done a good job with the masterplan and I have said that if I am elected I will work with government to ensure that it is implemented properly.

    “I have always felt that the NFF has to be a partner of government and all other stakeholders.

    “So I would love to see a resolution of all the issues from any stakeholder in the football family,” he said.

    Christian Emeruwa, Head of Safety and Security Department, Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), on his part said the presentation of the 10-year plan by the minister to all the presidential aspirants was the highlight of the meeting for him.

    “More importantly, the minister handed over the 10-year master plan to each of the contestants with the hope that whoever emerges as the president should be able to work with it.

    “This is also what the Federal Government wants to see in football.

    “So, I think it was a good meeting, as you can see everybody is happy and smiling and hopefully we are looking forward to the show,” he said.


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  •  Mouktar Mohammed the Chairman FCT Football Association says the country needs a President in charge of football who understands the sport as both a unifier and business Mohammed made the remarks on Monday in Abuja while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria ahead of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Elective Congress on Sept 30 in Benin He said that the NFF needed a leader at the helm of affairs with certain qualities such as transparency integrity a good image to attract sponsorship and good leadership skills He said he was confident that he had those qualities and is the right man for the job having personally been able to achieve all the requirements I understand football the mental physical and bussiness part of the game because I have done this for over 15 years on a micro level I have the wherewithal to attract all the infrastructure development that Nigeria needs having achieved so much success on a micro scale I have been an intermediary dealing with players and families with international clubs for 15 years now I am up to task of turning the NFF eco system into a job creation system and also a source of huge revenue for the federation Nigeria needs somebody who believes that football is a unifier and a business and I am up to the task and will hold that in trust for over 200 million people and do the basic right things he said He noted that what the government needed was the right person to partner with to turn football into a business and not one who would collect money always and spend frivolously He stressed that government required someone capable of turning the NFF ecosystem into a job creation platform and a source of huge revenue for the federation and the country Nigeria needs one that understands that when government encourages you you have to go out there and encourage the whole football ecosystem to buy sell grow and create jobs This is exactly how it works in other countries which we desire to emulate For instance in the UK if you look at the Premier League I understand how it works The media is number one They pay the TV rights to the clubs and the clubs get money from fans and pay money to the players and workers as wages and salaries If you look at it football is a huge industry in the UK and an economy booster worth over 7 billion pounds and that s just the English Premier League Look at our population we are over 200 million So I understand that Nigeria needs somebody who believes that football is a unifier and a business he said The FCT FA Chairman noted that he was well experienced with a verifiable track record and the qualities to turn around the fortunes of football in the country He stressed that there was an urgent need to do away with all the bad things that have led to destruction of the game over the years such as doping match fixing and so on He added that all stakeholders of the game must be carried along in the process as that was the only way forward to achieve the much desired success I have seen alot of people blowing big grammar talking a lot and saying I will do No but with me I have done it There s a big difference Nigerians are tired of such stories They want somebody who is a performer who is a doer and who has a track record and I am the right person He said that he didn t believe in football being rotational or sectional adding that he believed that the best man for the job should get it I humbly ask for the trust of all Nigerians as I promise to deliver and not fail To the stakeholders I ask everyone of you to think deeply before casting your votes I want you to know that the blame will be on you if you don t take the right decisions History will judge you and so I urge you to do the right thing and pick the right person for the job without sentiments fear or favour We want the race to be free fair and transparent and produce the best team that will do the right job for the country he said NAN reports that the proposed Sept 30 NFF elections may not hold following a Federal High Court Abuja order directing that it be put on hold pending the hearing of a case before it Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the minister Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria needs someone who understands football as unifier, business — Mohammed
     Mouktar Mohammed the Chairman FCT Football Association says the country needs a President in charge of football who understands the sport as both a unifier and business Mohammed made the remarks on Monday in Abuja while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria ahead of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Elective Congress on Sept 30 in Benin He said that the NFF needed a leader at the helm of affairs with certain qualities such as transparency integrity a good image to attract sponsorship and good leadership skills He said he was confident that he had those qualities and is the right man for the job having personally been able to achieve all the requirements I understand football the mental physical and bussiness part of the game because I have done this for over 15 years on a micro level I have the wherewithal to attract all the infrastructure development that Nigeria needs having achieved so much success on a micro scale I have been an intermediary dealing with players and families with international clubs for 15 years now I am up to task of turning the NFF eco system into a job creation system and also a source of huge revenue for the federation Nigeria needs somebody who believes that football is a unifier and a business and I am up to the task and will hold that in trust for over 200 million people and do the basic right things he said He noted that what the government needed was the right person to partner with to turn football into a business and not one who would collect money always and spend frivolously He stressed that government required someone capable of turning the NFF ecosystem into a job creation platform and a source of huge revenue for the federation and the country Nigeria needs one that understands that when government encourages you you have to go out there and encourage the whole football ecosystem to buy sell grow and create jobs This is exactly how it works in other countries which we desire to emulate For instance in the UK if you look at the Premier League I understand how it works The media is number one They pay the TV rights to the clubs and the clubs get money from fans and pay money to the players and workers as wages and salaries If you look at it football is a huge industry in the UK and an economy booster worth over 7 billion pounds and that s just the English Premier League Look at our population we are over 200 million So I understand that Nigeria needs somebody who believes that football is a unifier and a business he said The FCT FA Chairman noted that he was well experienced with a verifiable track record and the qualities to turn around the fortunes of football in the country He stressed that there was an urgent need to do away with all the bad things that have led to destruction of the game over the years such as doping match fixing and so on He added that all stakeholders of the game must be carried along in the process as that was the only way forward to achieve the much desired success I have seen alot of people blowing big grammar talking a lot and saying I will do No but with me I have done it There s a big difference Nigerians are tired of such stories They want somebody who is a performer who is a doer and who has a track record and I am the right person He said that he didn t believe in football being rotational or sectional adding that he believed that the best man for the job should get it I humbly ask for the trust of all Nigerians as I promise to deliver and not fail To the stakeholders I ask everyone of you to think deeply before casting your votes I want you to know that the blame will be on you if you don t take the right decisions History will judge you and so I urge you to do the right thing and pick the right person for the job without sentiments fear or favour We want the race to be free fair and transparent and produce the best team that will do the right job for the country he said NAN reports that the proposed Sept 30 NFF elections may not hold following a Federal High Court Abuja order directing that it be put on hold pending the hearing of a case before it Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the minister Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria needs someone who understands football as unifier, business — Mohammed
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    Nigeria needs someone who understands football as unifier, business — Mohammed

    Mouktar Mohammed, the Chairman, FCT Football Association, says the country needs a President in charge of football who understands the sport as both a unifier and business.

    Mohammed made the remarks on Monday in Abuja while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria ahead of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Elective Congress on Sept. 30 in Benin.

    He said that the NFF needed a leader at the helm of affairs with certain qualities such as transparency, integrity, a good image to attract sponsorship and good leadership skills.

    He said he was confident that he had those qualities and is the right man for the job, having personally been able to achieve all the requirements.

    “I understand football; the mental, physical and bussiness part of the game, because I have done this for over 15 years on a micro level.

    “I have the wherewithal to attract all the infrastructure development that Nigeria needs, having achieved so much success on a micro scale.

    “I have been an intermediary, dealing with players and families with international clubs for 15 years now.

    “I am up to task of turning the NFF eco system into a job creation system and also a source of huge revenue for the federation.

    “Nigeria needs somebody who believes that football is a unifier and a business and I am up to the task and will hold that in trust for over 200 million people and do the basic right things,” he said.

    He noted that what the government needed was the right person to partner with to turn football into a business  and not one who would collect money always and spend frivolously.

    He stressed that government required someone capable of turning the NFF ecosystem into a job creation platform and a source of huge revenue for the federation and the country.

    “Nigeria needs one that understands that when government encourages you, you have to go out there and encourage the whole football ecosystem to buy, sell, grow and create jobs.

    “This is exactly how it works in other countries which we desire to emulate.

    “For instance, in the UK, if you look at the Premier League, I understand how it  works.

    The media is number one.

    “They pay the TV rights to the clubs and the clubs get money from fans and pay money to the players and workers as wages and salaries.

    “If you look at it, football is a huge industry in the UK and an economy booster worth over 7 billion pounds and that’s just the English Premier League.

    “Look at our population, we are over 200 million.

    So, I understand that Nigeria needs somebody who believes that football is a unifier and a business,” he said.

    The FCT FA Chairman noted that he was well experienced with a verifiable track record and the qualities to turn around the fortunes of football in the country.

    He stressed that there was an urgent need to do away with all the bad things that have led to destruction of the game over the years such as doping, match-fixing and so on.

    He added that all stakeholders of the game must be carried along in the process as that was the only way forward to achieve the much desired success.

    “I have seen alot of people blowing big grammar, talking a lot and saying “I will do”.

    No, but with me, I have done it.

    “There’s a big difference.

    Nigerians are tired of such stories.

    “They want somebody who is a performer, who is a doer and who has a track record and I am the right person.

    He said that he didn’t believe in football being rotational or sectional, adding that he believed that the best man for the job should get it.

    “I humbly ask for the trust of all Nigerians as I promise to deliver and not fail.

    “To the stakeholders, I ask everyone of you to think deeply before casting your votes.

    I want you to know that the blame will be on you if you don’t take the right decisions.

    “History will judge you and so I urge you to do the right thing and pick the right person for the job without sentiments, fear or favour.

    “We want the race to be free, fair and transparent and produce the best team that will do the right job for the country,” he said.

    NAN  reports that the proposed Sept. 30 NFF elections may not hold, following a Federal High Court Abuja order directing that it be put on hold pending the hearing of a case before it.

    Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants, Celsus Ukpong, ordered the  minister, Pinnick or any person, acting on their instruction, to maintain a status quo.

    This he said, was pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.


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  •  An aspirant Anyanwu Marcello has appealed to the Electoral Committee to reconsider his disqualification and grant him waiver to contest for the President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Marcello was amongst other three aspirants disqualified by the Committee from contesting for President in the upcoming NFF Elective Congress on Sept 30 in Benin He appealed to the committee to rescind their decision to disqualifying him from the election that although he was not officially communicated as to why he was disqualified The Head scout of Gulf United Football Club Dubai said in his opinion the grounds for his disqualification were technical and not his capacity I was shocked and disappointed when some concerned Nigerians called to tell me that I had been disqualified from the election Up till today the screening committee is yet to communicate me either by mail sms or phone call as detailed in the forms I submitted Why did they not get across to me personally I am appealing to the Electoral Committee to rescind their decision to disqualify me I bought my form provided all the necessary documents required by law My disqualification was on technical ground which can be waived he said The former Arsenal Football Academy Coach also called for the amendment of the NFF Statutes to give more stakeholders opportunity to be part of the electoral process He said that some sections of the electoral guidelines were rigid and should be amended For instance Section 4 3 mandates aspirants for the post of president to be to be nominated by his or her state Football Association FA Chairman along with three other chairman from three geopolitical zones The Section states in case of the president he the aspirant must have been nominated by his state FA of origin and endorsed by three 3 other FA chairmen from 3 different geopolitical zones upon the purchase of the nomination form Section 4 4 adds that Nothing in these Guidelines shall be construed as preluding any state FA or other member s of NFF from endorsing more than one candidate provided that the endorsement does not relate to the same position he said The former MFM Coach noted that there were two sides to the provision adding that with the current situation there would not be two presidential candidates from a particular state He therefore argued that the endorsement and nomination should not be solely by state FA chairmen Marcello advised that it should be by any congress member three out of five statutory bodies that make up the NFF Congress The state FA of NFF members are allowed to endorse more than one candidate however number 1 above is possible provided both candidates are not for the same position For instance they cannot endorse Mr A and Mr B at the same time if they are both presidential candidates Also they are free to endorse Mr A and Mr B if they re vying for different positions eg Mr A for president and Mr B for vice president this allowed So in summary FA and NFF members are not allowed to endorse candidates for same position Also they can endorse more than one if it s for different positions he said NAN reports that the proposed Sept 30 NFF Elections may not hold following a Federal High Court Abuja order directing that it be put on hold pending the hearing of a case before it Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the minister Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: Marcello appeals for waiver, statutes amendment
     An aspirant Anyanwu Marcello has appealed to the Electoral Committee to reconsider his disqualification and grant him waiver to contest for the President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Marcello was amongst other three aspirants disqualified by the Committee from contesting for President in the upcoming NFF Elective Congress on Sept 30 in Benin He appealed to the committee to rescind their decision to disqualifying him from the election that although he was not officially communicated as to why he was disqualified The Head scout of Gulf United Football Club Dubai said in his opinion the grounds for his disqualification were technical and not his capacity I was shocked and disappointed when some concerned Nigerians called to tell me that I had been disqualified from the election Up till today the screening committee is yet to communicate me either by mail sms or phone call as detailed in the forms I submitted Why did they not get across to me personally I am appealing to the Electoral Committee to rescind their decision to disqualify me I bought my form provided all the necessary documents required by law My disqualification was on technical ground which can be waived he said The former Arsenal Football Academy Coach also called for the amendment of the NFF Statutes to give more stakeholders opportunity to be part of the electoral process He said that some sections of the electoral guidelines were rigid and should be amended For instance Section 4 3 mandates aspirants for the post of president to be to be nominated by his or her state Football Association FA Chairman along with three other chairman from three geopolitical zones The Section states in case of the president he the aspirant must have been nominated by his state FA of origin and endorsed by three 3 other FA chairmen from 3 different geopolitical zones upon the purchase of the nomination form Section 4 4 adds that Nothing in these Guidelines shall be construed as preluding any state FA or other member s of NFF from endorsing more than one candidate provided that the endorsement does not relate to the same position he said The former MFM Coach noted that there were two sides to the provision adding that with the current situation there would not be two presidential candidates from a particular state He therefore argued that the endorsement and nomination should not be solely by state FA chairmen Marcello advised that it should be by any congress member three out of five statutory bodies that make up the NFF Congress The state FA of NFF members are allowed to endorse more than one candidate however number 1 above is possible provided both candidates are not for the same position For instance they cannot endorse Mr A and Mr B at the same time if they are both presidential candidates Also they are free to endorse Mr A and Mr B if they re vying for different positions eg Mr A for president and Mr B for vice president this allowed So in summary FA and NFF members are not allowed to endorse candidates for same position Also they can endorse more than one if it s for different positions he said NAN reports that the proposed Sept 30 NFF Elections may not hold following a Federal High Court Abuja order directing that it be put on hold pending the hearing of a case before it Justice Inyang Ekwo in a ruling on an ex parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants Celsus Ukpong ordered the minister Pinnick or any person acting on their instruction to maintain a status quo This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: Marcello appeals for waiver, statutes amendment
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    NFF Elections: Marcello appeals for waiver, statutes amendment

    An aspirant, Anyanwu Marcello has appealed to the Electoral Committee to reconsider his disqualification and grant him waiver to contest for the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Marcello was amongst other three aspirants disqualified by the Committee from contesting for President in the upcoming NFF Elective Congress on Sept. 30 in Benin.

    He appealed to the committee to rescind their decision to disqualifying him from the election, that although he was not officially communicated as to why he was disqualified.

    The Head scout of Gulf United Football Club, Dubai said, in his opinion, the grounds for his disqualification were technical and not his capacity.

    “I was shocked and disappointed when some concerned Nigerians called to tell me that I had been disqualified from the election.

    “Up till today, the screening committee is yet to communicate me either by mail, sms or phone call as detailed in the forms I submitted.

    “Why did they not get across to me personally?

    I am appealing to the Electoral Committee to rescind their decision to disqualify me.

    “I bought my form, provided all the necessary documents required by law.

    My disqualification was on technical ground which can be waived,” he said The former Arsenal Football Academy Coach also called for the amendment of the NFF Statutes to give more stakeholders opportunity to be part of the electoral process.

    He said that some sections of the electoral guidelines were rigid and should be amended.

    “For instance, Section 4.3 mandates aspirants for the post of president to be to be nominated by his or her state Football Association, FA Chairman along with three other chairman from three geopolitical zones.

    “The Section states: ‘in case of the president, he (the aspirant) must have been nominated by his state FA of origin and endorsed by three (3) other FA chairmen from (3) different geopolitical zones upon the purchase of the nomination form’ “Section 4.4 adds that ‘ Nothing in these Guidelines shall be construed as preluding any state FA or other member (s) of NFF from endorsing more than one candidate provided that the endorsement does not relate to the same position,” he said.

    The former MFM Coach noted that there were two sides to the provision, adding that with the current situation, there would not be two presidential candidates from a particular state.

    He, therefore, argued that the endorsement and nomination should not be solely by state FA chairmen.

    Marcello  advised that it should  be by any congress member; three out of five statutory bodies that make up the NFF Congress.

    “The state FA of NFF members are allowed to endorse more than one candidate, however number 1 above is possible provided both candidates are not for the same position.

    “For instance they cannot endorse Mr A and Mr B at the same time if they are both presidential candidates.

    “Also, they are free to endorse Mr A and Mr B if they’re vying for different positions, eg Mr A for president and Mr B for vice president, this allowed.

    “So in summary FA and NFF members are not allowed to  endorse candidates for same position.

    Also they can endorse more than one if it`s for different positions,” he said.

    NAN  reports that the proposed Sept. 30 NFF Elections may not hold, following a Federal High Court Abuja order directing that it be put on hold pending the hearing of a case before it.

    Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by counsel for the claimants, Celsus Ukpong, ordered the  minister, Pinnick or any person, acting on their instruction, to maintain a status quo.

    This he said was pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.


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  •  The Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria PFAN Task Force says the Nigeria Football Federation NFF should not engage in the act of defying a court order regarding its upcoming elections Harrison Jalla Chairman of PFAN Taskforce told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that all those in the NFF defying court orders would face the consequences of their actions The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NFF Electoral Committee had fixed Sept 30 for the Federation s elective congress in Benin and proceeded to release a schedule of events But an order of a Federal High Court Abuja order on Sept 15 has since put the NFF Elections on hold Justice Inyang Ekwo ruling on an ex parte motion ordered the Youth and Sports Development Minister and the NFF President or any person acting on their instruction to maintain the status quo This he said would be pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction The attention of PFAN Task Force has been drawn to publications in the media space on the threat by the NFF and its Electoral Committee to defy the Sept 15 court order In the light of this the PFAN Task Force has taken appropriate steps and has duly informed all relevant agencies of government that there is a threat to cause a breach of the peace by defying the court order Jalla said He disclosed that PFAN Task Force was exploring all possibilities within the ambit of the law to ensure those already defying the court order would face the consequences of their actions Jalla said it was worrisome that NFF has continued to violate and breach court orders This is in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari s advice that they NFF go back as a body to amend the statutes expand it and accommodate those who have been disenfranchised As we speak they are already breaching the orders of court because we see correspondences after the court order and campaigns for elections are still going on So we are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that those who do this don t go scot free He said PFAN Task Force did not need government to do the job of ensuring a stop is put to the act of defying court orders We have all it takes within the ambit of the law to ensure that the election does not hold Jalla stated He noted that the court order to halt the elections was a result of a consistent and deliberate acts of breaching court orders by the NFF since 2021 Every Nigerian is a citizen of the country and the threat by NFF to defy the court order is unacceptable as nobody is above the law The NFF has no immunity from the laws of the land even as FIFA itself has no immunity from the laws of Switzerland The order we got from court didn t just start today We ve been in court four times and the two parties have been in court since 2021 At the last hearing date in June the court gave us Oct 31 to come back We asked for an interlocutory order because we anticipated that an election would hold They NFF said they are not going to do any election because there was no cause for that action and the court agreed with them as there was no electoral committee in place at the time The PFAN Task Force Chairman added that the judge thereafter stood down the order and gave all involved parties an Oct 31 date to return to court In between that period they set up an electoral committee and started selling nomination forms There is no court that will accept that anywhere in the world and that was how this fresh order came about So when the court order was issued it was because they were already violating the process in court This has really nothing to do with stopping the election If any other group is now telling us that they are not bound by that order of court then we will take it from there he said Also Victor Baribote the PFAN spokesman said it was very clear the Nigeria football governing body was not in order In the last eight years there has been nothing to show for all what the Federal Government did in terms of supporting the NFF with massive funding Also all the funds FIFA brought in and all the funds that were realised from the private sector cannot be seen in what is on ground We are all aware of the activities which have been going on within the football circle of late This is why on June 26 in 2021 PFAN set up a task force in its wisdom to look at issues on how we can advance our football We are all aware and are witnesses to the fact we have been recycling old hands in the NFF On the strength of that the task force wrote a letter to the NFF last year in line with Article 29 requesting for an ammendment of the Statutes to include every stakeholder But to cut the long story short the NFF has blantantly refused to do anything about it he claimed The former Nigeria Premier League NPL Chairman said the position of PFAN was that election was not important at the moment and that fixing the nation s football was the top priority He noted that Nigeria had all it takes for its football to become the biggest employer of labour in the country if the right things were done It is not about election because the election we are talking about is the same one that will reproduce the same people who brought us to where we are today and that is unacceptable So we are ready to answer any name to make football work again in this country We are not going to let it go The President Muhammadu Buhari himself has said it is a national asset that should be guarded jealously So our position is that we have to sit down as a group fix the game include those who are supposed to be part of it and we take it from there If that is not done then if it is FIFA or the Federal Government that wants to intervene in this process it is left for them to come and do what is necessary Baribote said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: PFAN Task Force warns against defying court order
     The Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria PFAN Task Force says the Nigeria Football Federation NFF should not engage in the act of defying a court order regarding its upcoming elections Harrison Jalla Chairman of PFAN Taskforce told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that all those in the NFF defying court orders would face the consequences of their actions The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NFF Electoral Committee had fixed Sept 30 for the Federation s elective congress in Benin and proceeded to release a schedule of events But an order of a Federal High Court Abuja order on Sept 15 has since put the NFF Elections on hold Justice Inyang Ekwo ruling on an ex parte motion ordered the Youth and Sports Development Minister and the NFF President or any person acting on their instruction to maintain the status quo This he said would be pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction The attention of PFAN Task Force has been drawn to publications in the media space on the threat by the NFF and its Electoral Committee to defy the Sept 15 court order In the light of this the PFAN Task Force has taken appropriate steps and has duly informed all relevant agencies of government that there is a threat to cause a breach of the peace by defying the court order Jalla said He disclosed that PFAN Task Force was exploring all possibilities within the ambit of the law to ensure those already defying the court order would face the consequences of their actions Jalla said it was worrisome that NFF has continued to violate and breach court orders This is in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari s advice that they NFF go back as a body to amend the statutes expand it and accommodate those who have been disenfranchised As we speak they are already breaching the orders of court because we see correspondences after the court order and campaigns for elections are still going on So we are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that those who do this don t go scot free He said PFAN Task Force did not need government to do the job of ensuring a stop is put to the act of defying court orders We have all it takes within the ambit of the law to ensure that the election does not hold Jalla stated He noted that the court order to halt the elections was a result of a consistent and deliberate acts of breaching court orders by the NFF since 2021 Every Nigerian is a citizen of the country and the threat by NFF to defy the court order is unacceptable as nobody is above the law The NFF has no immunity from the laws of the land even as FIFA itself has no immunity from the laws of Switzerland The order we got from court didn t just start today We ve been in court four times and the two parties have been in court since 2021 At the last hearing date in June the court gave us Oct 31 to come back We asked for an interlocutory order because we anticipated that an election would hold They NFF said they are not going to do any election because there was no cause for that action and the court agreed with them as there was no electoral committee in place at the time The PFAN Task Force Chairman added that the judge thereafter stood down the order and gave all involved parties an Oct 31 date to return to court In between that period they set up an electoral committee and started selling nomination forms There is no court that will accept that anywhere in the world and that was how this fresh order came about So when the court order was issued it was because they were already violating the process in court This has really nothing to do with stopping the election If any other group is now telling us that they are not bound by that order of court then we will take it from there he said Also Victor Baribote the PFAN spokesman said it was very clear the Nigeria football governing body was not in order In the last eight years there has been nothing to show for all what the Federal Government did in terms of supporting the NFF with massive funding Also all the funds FIFA brought in and all the funds that were realised from the private sector cannot be seen in what is on ground We are all aware of the activities which have been going on within the football circle of late This is why on June 26 in 2021 PFAN set up a task force in its wisdom to look at issues on how we can advance our football We are all aware and are witnesses to the fact we have been recycling old hands in the NFF On the strength of that the task force wrote a letter to the NFF last year in line with Article 29 requesting for an ammendment of the Statutes to include every stakeholder But to cut the long story short the NFF has blantantly refused to do anything about it he claimed The former Nigeria Premier League NPL Chairman said the position of PFAN was that election was not important at the moment and that fixing the nation s football was the top priority He noted that Nigeria had all it takes for its football to become the biggest employer of labour in the country if the right things were done It is not about election because the election we are talking about is the same one that will reproduce the same people who brought us to where we are today and that is unacceptable So we are ready to answer any name to make football work again in this country We are not going to let it go The President Muhammadu Buhari himself has said it is a national asset that should be guarded jealously So our position is that we have to sit down as a group fix the game include those who are supposed to be part of it and we take it from there If that is not done then if it is FIFA or the Federal Government that wants to intervene in this process it is left for them to come and do what is necessary Baribote said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NFF Elections: PFAN Task Force warns against defying court order
    General news1 week ago

    NFF Elections: PFAN Task Force warns against defying court order

    The Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria (PFAN) Task Force says the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should not engage in the act of defying a court order regarding its upcoming elections.

    Harrison Jalla, Chairman of PFAN Taskforce, told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that all those in the NFF defying court orders would face the consequences of their actions.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NFF Electoral Committee had fixed Sept. 30 for the Federation’s elective congress in Benin and proceeded to release a schedule of events.

    But an order of a Federal High Court Abuja order on Sept. 15 has since put the NFF Elections on hold.

    Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruling on an ex-parte motion, ordered the Youth and Sports Development Minister and the NFF President, or any person acting on their instruction, to maintain the status quo.

    This he said would be pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

    “The attention of PFAN Task Force has been drawn to publications in the media space on the threat by the NFF and its Electoral Committee to defy the Sept. 15 court order.

    “In the light of this, the PFAN Task Force has taken appropriate steps and has duly informed all relevant agencies of government that there is a threat to cause a breach of the peace by defying the court order,” Jalla said.

    He disclosed that PFAN Task Force was exploring all possibilities within the ambit of the law to ensure those already defying the court order would face the consequences of their actions.

    Jalla said it was worrisome that NFF has continued to violate and breach court orders.

    “This is in spite of President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice that they (NFF) go back as a body to amend the statutes, expand it and accommodate those who have been disenfranchised.

    “As we speak, they are already breaching the orders of court because we see correspondences after the court order, and campaigns for elections are still going on.

    “So, we are taking the appropriate steps to ensure that those who do this don’t go scot-free.

    ” He said PFAN Task Force did not need government to do the job of ensuring a stop is put to the act of defying court orders.

    “We have all it takes within the ambit of the law to ensure that the election does not hold,” Jalla stated.

    He noted that the court order to halt the elections was a result of a consistent and deliberate acts of breaching court orders by the NFF since 2021. “Every Nigerian is a citizen of the country, and the threat by NFF to defy the court order is unacceptable as nobody is above the law.

    “The NFF has no immunity from the laws of the land, even as FIFA itself has no immunity from the laws of Switzerland.

    “The order we got from court didn’t just start today. 

    We’ve been in court four times, and the two parties have been in court since 2021. ”At the last hearing date in June, the court gave us Oct. 31 to come back.

    “We asked for an interlocutory order because we anticipated that an election would hold.

    “They (NFF) said they are not going to do any election because there was no cause for that action and the court agreed with them as there was no electoral committee in place at the time.

    ” The PFAN Task Force Chairman added that the judge thereafter stood down the order and gave all involved parties an Oct. 31 date to return to court.

    “In between that period, they set up an electoral committee and started selling nomination forms.

    There is no court that will accept that anywhere in the world and that was how this fresh order came about.

    “So, when the court order was issued, it was because they were already violating the process in court.

    This has really nothing to do with stopping the election.

    “If any other group is now telling us that they are not bound by that order of court, then we will take it from there,” he said.

    Also, Victor Baribote, the PFAN spokesman, said it was very clear the Nigeria football governing body was not in order.

    “In the last eight years, there has been nothing to show for all what the Federal Government did in terms of supporting the NFF with massive funding.

    “Also, all the funds FIFA brought in and all the funds that were realised from the private sector cannot be seen in what is on ground.

    “We are all aware of the activities which have been going on within the football circle of late.

    “This is why on June 26 in 2021 PFAN set up a task force in its wisdom, to look at issues on how we can advance our football.

    “We are all aware and are witnesses to the fact we have been recycling old hands in the NFF.

    “On the strength of that, the task force wrote a letter to the NFF last year in line with Article 29, requesting for an ammendment of the Statutes to include every stakeholder.

    “But to cut the long story short, the NFF has blantantly refused to do anything about it,” he claimed.

    The former Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Chairman said the position of PFAN was that election was not important at the moment, and that “fixing” the nation’s football was the top priority.

    He noted that Nigeria had all it takes for its football to become the biggest employer of labour in the country, if the right things were done.

    “It is not about election because the election we are talking about is the same one that will reproduce the same people who brought us to where we are today, and that is unacceptable.

    “So, we are ready to answer any name to make football work again in this country.

    We are not going to let it go.

    The President (Muhammadu Buhari) himself has said it is a national asset that should be guarded jealously.

    “So, our position is that we have to sit down as a group, fix the game, include those who are supposed to be part of it and we take it from there.

    “If that is not done, then if it is FIFA or the Federal Government that wants to intervene in this process, it is left for them to come and do what is necessary,” Baribote said.

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  •  Kwara United Football Club has been commended for doing the country proud in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition after a draw against AS Douanes of Niger Republic in Niamey on Sunday progressed the Nigerian side to the next round The Media Officer of the club Mr Jimoh Bashir made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Niger Mr Mohammed Usman made the commendation while receiving the team and its officials as well as the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Head of Delegation Malam Ibrahim Gusau at the Embassy According to Usman who was represented by the Embassy s Head of Chancery Malam Awalu Liti the victory is for our dear nation Nigeria He also commended the team for approaching the blood spilling incidence at the Stadium with maturity adding that it s very important for the encouragement of cordial relationship with the host country said the statement The NFF Head of Delegation Malam Ibrahim Gusau thanked the Embassy for supporting the team since arriving Niger Republic He also said that the team against all odds especially in the aftermath of the ugly incident went ahead to pull out a goalless draw which made it qualify on 3 0 aggregate The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji also appreciated the Embassy on behalf of state government adding that the reception for the team is a great encouragement The team comprised 20 players the Chairman Kumbi Titiloye the General Manager Bashir Badawiy the state FA Chairman Malam Idris Musa among others According to the media officer the team was received by other Embassy officials including Aminu Saifullah Chika Bello Peter Jatau Group Captain Iliya Mato and Bello Yahaya NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAFCC: Nigerian Ambassador to Niger Republic hosts Kwara Utd
     Kwara United Football Club has been commended for doing the country proud in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition after a draw against AS Douanes of Niger Republic in Niamey on Sunday progressed the Nigerian side to the next round The Media Officer of the club Mr Jimoh Bashir made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Niger Mr Mohammed Usman made the commendation while receiving the team and its officials as well as the Nigeria Football Federation NFF Head of Delegation Malam Ibrahim Gusau at the Embassy According to Usman who was represented by the Embassy s Head of Chancery Malam Awalu Liti the victory is for our dear nation Nigeria He also commended the team for approaching the blood spilling incidence at the Stadium with maturity adding that it s very important for the encouragement of cordial relationship with the host country said the statement The NFF Head of Delegation Malam Ibrahim Gusau thanked the Embassy for supporting the team since arriving Niger Republic He also said that the team against all odds especially in the aftermath of the ugly incident went ahead to pull out a goalless draw which made it qualify on 3 0 aggregate The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji also appreciated the Embassy on behalf of state government adding that the reception for the team is a great encouragement The team comprised 20 players the Chairman Kumbi Titiloye the General Manager Bashir Badawiy the state FA Chairman Malam Idris Musa among others According to the media officer the team was received by other Embassy officials including Aminu Saifullah Chika Bello Peter Jatau Group Captain Iliya Mato and Bello Yahaya NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAFCC: Nigerian Ambassador to Niger Republic hosts Kwara Utd
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    CAFCC: Nigerian Ambassador to Niger Republic hosts Kwara Utd

    Kwara United Football Club has been commended for doing the country proud in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition, after a draw against AS Douanes of Niger Republic in Niamey on Sunday progressed the Nigerian side to the next round.

    The Media Officer of the club, Mr Jimoh Bashir, made this known in a statement on Monday in Ilorin.

    Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Niger, Mr Mohammed Usman, made the commendation while receiving the team and its officials, as well as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Head of Delegation, Malam Ibrahim Gusau, at the Embassy.

    According to Usman, who was represented by the Embassy’s Head of Chancery, Malam Awalu Liti, “the victory is for our dear nation, Nigeria”.

    “He also commended the team for approaching the blood spilling incidence at the Stadium with maturity, adding that it’s very important for the encouragement of cordial relationship with the host country,” said the statement.

    The NFF Head of Delegation, Malam Ibrahim Gusau, thanked the Embassy for supporting the team since arriving Niger Republic.

    He also said that the team, against all odds, especially in the aftermath of the ugly incident, went ahead to pull out a goalless draw, which made it qualify on 3-0 aggregate.

    The Executive Chairman of the Kwara Sports Commission, Malam Bola Mogaji, also appreciated the Embassy on behalf of state government, adding that the reception for the team is a great encouragement.

    The team comprised 20 players; the Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye; the General Manager, Bashir Badawiy; the state FA Chairman, Malam Idris Musa, among others.

    According to the media officer, the team was received by other Embassy officials, including Aminu Saifullah, Chika Bello, Peter Jatau, Group Captain Iliya Mato and Bello Yahaya.


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  •  All members of the current Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF must step aside and not seek re election a former Director of Sports Aliyu Kofar Soro has said Kofar Soro told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that the present NFF Executive Committee members have just wasted eight precious years of Nigerian football He stated that they did not need to continue in power because they have only succeeded in destroying Nigerian football in order to fester their own individual interests Maybe we need to urge the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Sports to help us in this regard They need to save Nigerian football from further deteriorating by ensuring credible candidates are elected whenever the elections are held All those present NFF Executive Committee members must step down and should not get re elected for wasting eight years of Nigerian football They have only succeeded in destroying the game for their selfish interests They don t have to wait until Nigerians chase them out Kofar Soro who retired as a Director of Sports in Katsina State said The retired football referee said the Minister of Youth and Sports Development has the duty of ensuring justice prevails in Nigerian football This is by ensuring no single member of the present NFF Executive Committee contests and tries to return They must all step aside The former board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN said there was also the need to amend the NFF Statutes insisting that anything short of this is fraudulent The Federal Government should intervene and discuss with world governing body FIFA and find a way out since we believe FIFA will sanction Nigeria simply because steps are being taken to clean the Federation of rot and ensure the sector did not collapse The Minister must therefore muster the political will to implement the most crucial aspects of the 10 Year Football Development Master Plan he said OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Present NFF Exco members should not seek re-election, ex-DOS demands
     All members of the current Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF must step aside and not seek re election a former Director of Sports Aliyu Kofar Soro has said Kofar Soro told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that the present NFF Executive Committee members have just wasted eight precious years of Nigerian football He stated that they did not need to continue in power because they have only succeeded in destroying Nigerian football in order to fester their own individual interests Maybe we need to urge the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Sports to help us in this regard They need to save Nigerian football from further deteriorating by ensuring credible candidates are elected whenever the elections are held All those present NFF Executive Committee members must step down and should not get re elected for wasting eight years of Nigerian football They have only succeeded in destroying the game for their selfish interests They don t have to wait until Nigerians chase them out Kofar Soro who retired as a Director of Sports in Katsina State said The retired football referee said the Minister of Youth and Sports Development has the duty of ensuring justice prevails in Nigerian football This is by ensuring no single member of the present NFF Executive Committee contests and tries to return They must all step aside The former board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN said there was also the need to amend the NFF Statutes insisting that anything short of this is fraudulent The Federal Government should intervene and discuss with world governing body FIFA and find a way out since we believe FIFA will sanction Nigeria simply because steps are being taken to clean the Federation of rot and ensure the sector did not collapse The Minister must therefore muster the political will to implement the most crucial aspects of the 10 Year Football Development Master Plan he said OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Present NFF Exco members should not seek re-election, ex-DOS demands
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    Present NFF Exco members should not seek re-election, ex-DOS demands

    All members of the current Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) must step aside and not seek re-election, a former Director of Sports, Aliyu Kofar-Soro, has said.

    Kofar-Soro told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja that the present NFF Executive Committee members “have just wasted eight precious years of Nigerian football”.

    He stated that they did not need to continue in power because they have only succeeded in destroying Nigerian football in order to fester their own individual interests.

    “Maybe we need to urge the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, as well as the Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Sports, to help us in this regard.

    ”They need to save Nigerian football from further deteriorating, by ensuring credible candidates are elected whenever the elections are held.

    “All those present NFF Executive Committee members must step down, and should not get re-elected, for wasting eight years of Nigerian football.

    ”They have only succeeded in destroying the game for their selfish interests.

    They don’t have to wait until Nigerians chase them out,” Kofar-Soro who retired as a Director of Sports in Katsina State said.

    The retired football referee said the Minister of Youth and Sports Development has the duty of ensuring justice prevails in Nigerian football.

    “This is by ensuring no single member of the present NFF Executive Committee contests and tries to return.

    They must all step aside.

    ” The former board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) said there was also the need to amend the NFF Statutes, insisting that anything short of this is fraudulent.

    “The Federal Government should intervene and discuss with world governing body FIFA and find a way out since we believe FIFA will sanction Nigeria simply because steps are being taken to clean the Federation of rot and ensure the sector did not collapse.

    “The Minister must therefore muster the political will to implement the most crucial aspects of the 10-Year Football Development Master Plan,” he said.

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