NNL Warns Football Clubs Against Assault On Officials

NNLThe board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has read the riot act to clubs participating in the league saying an assault on match officials will now attract a fine of one million naira to be paid within 14 days in addition to the banishment of such teams.

Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Mr Emeka Inyama, who announced this in Abuja, said that the board can no longer tolerate the increasing assault on match officials by some football clubs and their fans.

In a communique made available to journalists, the board resolved that in view of the pending disciplinary matters, inspection of stadia with defects and to allow for the rescheduling of outstanding matches, the second phase of the league will now kick off on July 25.

The board further warned all clubs indebted to the league in any manner to clear such indebtedness before the resumption of the second round or risk been barred from further participating in the Nigeria National League.

Keshi’s Contract Will Be Resolved Soon – Emeka Inyama

KeshiAn Executive Member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Emeka Inyama has revealed that the contract renewal for Coach Stephen Keshi is at an advanced stage and the contentious issue of his monthly salary would be resolved soon.

Inyama, speaking on Channels Television’s ‘Sport This Morning’, said that the Federation was seriously working hard to make sure that they resolve the salary issue as soon as possible before the African Cup of Nation qualifier against Congo and South Africa next month.

”On the contract talks with Keshi, we have resolved 90% of the issue. It is just the contentious issue of how much to be paid at the end of the month (that is left)”.

He further said that the NFF was being careful not make promises of an amount it would be unable to pay at the end of every month. “So we have to arrive at an amount that will be favourable for the parties involved so that at end of every month he will not be owed or his salary going into arrears” Inyama said.

Inyama, who is the Head of Media and Publicity of the NFF, expressed confidence that Keshi was ready to coach the Super Eagles of Nigeria and he would be in charge of the 2015 AFCON qualifiers.

On the NFF election, Inyama said that the General Congress, slated for August 26 in Warri, Delta State, would make a decision as to when the election would be held, so that those who are interested in contesting would not be disenfranchised.

”FIFA had categorically stated that we should give opportunities for people that want to take part in the election and no one should be disenfranchised. So it will be unfair to go ahead with an election where people will have grievances and go to court for one reason or the other”.

Inyama also praised the Falconents for beating Korea DPR 6-2 to qualify for the final match of the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup in Canada. He revealed that the NFF had provided everything to support the girls, including the camp allowances and winning bonuses, adding that they made sure that the crisis in the boardroom did not affect the performance of the girls on the pitch.

The Super Falconets play Germany in the final, (which is a repeat of the Germany 2010 finals) and Inyama said that the NFF was doing everything possible to make sure Nigeria becomes the first African country to win the World Cup.

NFF Suspends Chris Green For Anti-Board Activities

NFF logoThe Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation have suspend Chris Green and another member of the board for indulging in anti-board activities.

Head of NFF Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green and another member of the executive committee, Yusuf Ahmed were handed six months and a year suspension, respectively, for anti-board activities, while a third person, Yahaya-Kwande awaits probe.

In a communique released and signed by chairman of the Communique Drafting Committee, Emeka Inyama, said the NFF suspends Chris Green for participating in anti-board activities, including facilitating and participating in an unauthorized gathering in Abuja as well as granting media interviews that tended to put the football governing body and Nigerian football in bad light.

”For reasons of glaring anti-Board activities, including facilitating and participating in an unauthorized gathering in Abuja, as well as case of forgery to unilaterally alter the decision of the Executive Committee on tenure of Management Staff, Alh. Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ was suspended from the Executive Committee and banned from all football –related activities for one (1) year, pending the ratification of the General Assembly”.

”For reasons of glaring anti-Board activities, including facilitating and participating in an unauthorized gathering in Abuja and giving media interviews that tended to put the NFF and Nigeria football in bad light, Barr. Christopher Green was suspended from the Executive Committee and banned from all football –related activities for six (6) months, pending the ratification of the General Assembly”.

The decisions are to be ratified by the General Assembly, while a similar case brought against Yahaya-Kwande is to be further investigated.

“Having admitted presence at the unauthorized gathering and with his explanations and due apologies, the Executive Committee decided to further investigate a similar case of anti-Board activities against another Member, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande. All persons concerned were confronted with the accusations and given ample opportunity to defend themselves.”

The NFF justifies the sanctions to the duo saying the decisions were in line with Article 34 (m) and Article 37 (1 & 5) of the NFF Statutes.

It would be recalled that Aminu Maigari was impeached as president of the NFF as a result of what the NFF termed as “misappropriation and mismanagement” of funds.


NFF To Hold Emergency Congress On July 30

NFF logoIn the aftermath of the impeachment of Aminu Maigari as President, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced that an emergency congress will hold on Thursday, July 30, 2014 at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The congress is expected to ratify the impeachment of erstwhile President of the federation Maigari from the NFF Executive Committee.

Part of the communiqué issued from Thursday’s EXCO meeting read “An Emergency Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation will be convened in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday, 31st July, 2014 to ratify the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari from the NFF Executive Committee”

The NFF also constituted a three-man sub -committee to open discussion with the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi on a possible renewal of his contract which expired after the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The Acting NFF President, Mike Umeh, who presided over the concluding part of the meeting after the removal of Aminu Maigari, named the three men as Barrister Chris Green, Deji Tinubu and Felix Anyansi.

A communiqué of the meeting signed by Chief Emeka Inyama says “the Executive Committee has mandated the technical subcommittee to open channels of communication with Keshi with a view to extending his contract, as the NFF is still interested in working with him. The sub-committee is to report back to the Executive Committee within a

“The Committee mandated the NFF management to proceed with discussions with a number of African countries with the view to seeing the Super Eagles playing a friendly match on FIFA window of Wednesday, 13 August, as part of preparations for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches’’.

The Executive Committee also insisted that all financial issues with players and officials must be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed with the players of the national teams.

“Henceforth, all financial issues with players and officials must be thoroughly deliberated upon and agreed ahead of major matches and competitions, to avoid the kind of embarrassment brought upon the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, when players boycotted training sessions before the Round of 16 match against
France,” the communiqué read.

The Committee expressed satisfaction with all arrangements made for the Golden Eaglets and the Super Falcons ahead of their international engagements.

“The committee expressed satisfaction with all arrangements so far made for the different national teams, namely; Falconets, Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets ahead of important international matches and qualifying games, and also directed the technical subcommittee to meet in a few days to harmonise all arrangements in this regard.”

It was also agreed at the meeting that 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions will hold as scheduled in Lagos on Saturday, 16 August, while the planned Elective Congress/General Assembly of the NFF will still hold as scheduled on Tuesday, 26 August.

NFF re-instates Baribote led NPL board

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Friday, re-instated the board of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) hitherto sacked by Nigerian club owners.

The federation in a communiqué released at the end of the emergency meeting its Executive Committee said it “reviewed the recent developments in the NPL with special regard to the resolution of the Premier League Club owners removing the Chief Rumson Baribote led Board and constituting an Interim Committee.”

The NFF executive committee said its members unanimously rejected club owners’ resolution as “none of it complies with the provisions of the NPL Statutes.”

“The Executive Committee has therefore directed immediate convening of a proper Congress in line with the NPL Statutes.”

The NFF directed the Premier League board to convene the congress of the league body before December 11 in Abuja. Three members of the NFF executive committee will attend the congress as observers.

The congress is expected to approve a new date for the commencement of the 2012/ 2013 season of the Nigerian Premier league (NPL).

The NFF therefore appointed three of their executives, Emeka Inyama, Sulaiman Yahaya Kwande and Shehu Adamu, to attend Tuesday’s congress as observers.

On Wednesday, chairmen of at least 16 clubs passed a vote of no confidence on Baribote and his executives.

They sacked the board and in their place appointed a six-man interim committee led by Mike Idoko.

The NFF President, Aminu Maigari, chaired the executive committee meeting.