NFF Is Focused On Russia 2018 Ticket – Pinnick

Pinnick, Russia 2018, NFFThe President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and his team are focused on giving the Super Eagles the maximum support to qualify for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

Pinnick said this on Monday while addressing the media in his office at the Glass House in Abuja.

He was with NFF Executive Committee members Chris Green, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Babagana Kalli and Ahmed Yusuf Fresh.

While acknowledging that failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations for the second time in succession was quite painful, Pinnick said that the objective of reaching Russia 2018 was not negotiable.

“We cannot afford any distractions, not from anywhere. We have an objective of qualifying for Russia 2018 and that is not what we can negotiate. That is one of the reasons I am in the office today.

“The Board has to look at various areas of the preparation as we countenance the draw for the group phase of the series that is coming up on 24th June.”

The NFF President, in company with his Board members and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, later held a meeting with the Staff of the Federation.

Issues At The National Conference Are Constitutional – Uranta

tony uranta Presidential Committee on the National Conference, Tony Uranta has said that the issues presently affecting the national conference are constitutional.

He said that the issues are such that the National Assembly or President Goodluck Jonathan will personally have to look into.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday Sunrise, Mr. Uranta scored that national conference a pass mark for the fact that it held and nobody walked out of the conference.

He added that most of the issues that were tabled came to a conclusion, but criticized that fact the fundamental issue which is the federalism was not fully addressed.

He further stated that the re-convening of the delegates on August 4 will mainly be to check reports and recommendations but some other matters will be entered into.

Mr Uranta revealed that some matters which are “no go areas” will also be brought up such as “Youths of the northern states have asked the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi to ask for a northern republic.

He therefore advised that Nigerians should build the country together in all fairness and equity.

Kano Emirate: Mohammed Sanusi Promises To Reform Institutions

Emir SanusiAs the fourteenth Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi, the second, finally settles into the palace, he is already taking stock of how he intends to make his impact felt positively.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, at his residence in Kano, the Emir discussed the challenge of threat to peace and stability in the North.

Alhaji Sanusi said that his focus would be on institutional reforms, including the promotion of girl child education, adult literacy, primary health care, and reducing unemployment.

He said, “You know the ambition of every prince is to succeed to the throne of their forefathers and we are grateful to Allah that he has chosen us for the role at this point in time and we pray that we are given the wisdom to carry out the responsibilities that the burden placed on our shoulders entail.”

On the challenges he envisages as he steps into the shoes of his ancestors, the Emir noted that first among these was the challenge of stepping into the shoes of the late Emir, Ado Bayero, whom he referred to as a great man who had led the city for 51 years, having been the Emir of Kano since 3 years after Nigeria’s independence.

The new Emir also noted that stepping unto the throne at a time when there were security challenges in the North, there was need to reform the institution and improve its role and focus on major areas of the economy as these were the foundation for peace and security.

He expressed hope that his experience as a banker and economist would help in this direction.

“It’s always about improving the level of engagement with Government at the state, local and federal levels, ensuring that the benefits that should accrue to the people come, giving advice and encouraging the people to embrace initiatives that would help improve their lot”, he said.

2014 Will Be A Good Year For Nigerian Football – Maigari

The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, has revealed 2014 will be a good year for football in the country.

In an interview with Channels Sports, Maigari said that there was already an action plan that would ensure the national teams consolidate on the success story of 2013.

The NFF President was also optimistic the home-based Super Eagles will have a good outing when the African Nations Championship (CHAN) kicks off in South Africa.

He said that he was pleased with the preparation they had, and confident that the players and coaching crew would deliver good results.

On the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Maigari simply said Nigeria would play a brand of football that will shock the world. He added that the world will confirm the quality of football that exists in Nigeria at the World Cup.

Speaking on women’s football, the NFF President reaffirmed that they are giving full support to the women. He said that the federation would keep supporting the U-17 team, the Flamingoes as they prepare for the FIFA World Cup that kicks off on March 15 in Costa Rica.

The Federation is hoping to consolidate on the successes of 2013 where the country won the African Cup of Nations, the FIFA U-17 World Cup and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Abuja Comes Alive For U-13 Boys

The national finals of the 2013 NFF U-13 Football Championship will start in Abuja on Friday, January 3, 2014.

Organised on zonal basis, the U-13 National Championship is one of the cardinal developmental programmes of the Aminu Maigari administration, and has yielded ample dividends with a number of players in the U-17 squad that won a record fourth FIFA U-17 World Cup for Nigeria in 2013 coming through the ranks.

Speaking in Abuja, NFF’s Director of Competitions, Mohammed Sanusi, said that all arrangements have been made for the 13 teams from different geo-political zones that have made the final championship to have a good experience in Abuja.

“We have finalised all arrangements to ensure that the organisation is hitch-free, and that all the teams have nothing to complain about.

“This is a very serious programme that has been fruitful and we are determined to take it to the next level,” Sanusi said.

The states that qualified for the final championship are Niger, Plateau, Katsina, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Anambra, Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Bauchi, Gombe and the Federal Capital Territory.

All the delegations have been directed to report at the FIFA Technical Centre, Package B of National Stadium, Abuja, where the matches will also take place.

The tournament will last for five days.

We Will Keep Golden Eaglets Together — NFF

Mohammed Sanusi, Director of Competitions Nigerian Football Federation.The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has reiterated its commitment to keeping the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Champions, the Golden Eaglets, together to compete in greater tournaments.

The body’s Director of Competitions, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said that the federation would ensure that the Golden Eaglets were kept together to compete in greater tournaments.

Speaking to Channels Television after the victory of the Eaglets, he said that although it would be difficult to stop players from going for greener pastures, the federation would monitor the members of the team.

“What we will do as a federation is that we will make sure that any member of the team that is below the age of 18 that is leaving the country will be well documented under the guidance of their parents.

“I assure Nigerians that we will monitor them to know where they are,” he promised.

“We intend by the grace of God to graduate them to Under-20. We will stop scouters from taking them to countries that they will not have the opportunity to play good football,” he stressed.

Dr. Sanusi said that the football body would not allow any player without proper documentation to leave the country.

“Any request that comes to our office for Visa comes to my office directly and we will make sure that no player that is not properly cleared will be allowed to leave the country,” he explained.

He said that the strategies by the body would make the players have a better bargaining power.

 

Federation Cup Draw: Heartland, Enyimba seeded

Nigerian Football Federation President, Aminu Maigari

FA Cup defending champions Heartland of Owerri and runners up Enyimba of Aba has been seeded in the Nigeria Football Federation Cup round of sixty.

The draw which was held in Abuja also saw Gombe United and ABS FC getting a bye to the round of 32 while Zamfara state is the only state without a representation as the state FA failed to organise state preliminaries.

Director Of Competitions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi announced that the first round of matches would be played in the weekend of 25th and 26th while the second round matches will be played on the 29th and 30th of June.

President General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo however appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation to build a data base for all clubs participating in the Federation Cup.

 

 

THE DRAW
KANO PILLARS VS NEMBE CITY,

LOBI STARS VS FLASH FLAMINGOS

DOLPHINS VS PLATEAU UNITED

SUNSHINE STARS VS JIMETA UNITED

KADUNA UNITED VS POLICE MACHINE, EKITI.

MAKWADA FC VS NIGER TORNADOES

WIKKI TOURIST VS PRIME FC

RANGERS VS HAJAIG,KAD

KWARA UTD VS MBAISE LIONS

RAISING STARS VS EL KANEMI

SHARKS VS TORNADOES FEEDERS

3SC VS FAME ACADEMY, LAG

AKWA UTD VS ZABGAI FC

JUTH FC  VS YOBE DESERT

CROWN VS FOUNTAIN FC

KOGI UTD VS FC ABUJA.

UNICEM ROVERS VS ALL STARS ACADEMY.

TARABA FC VS DYNAMITE FC

GATEWAY FC VS AKPABIO STARS

FIRST BANK VS DABO FC

SPOTLITE FC VS UMGBO AMBASSADORS FC.

CANAAN CITY VS FC EBIEDE.

WARRI WOLVES VS OLORUNDA  FC

ABIA WARRIOR VS POLICE MACHINE, FCT

SCORPION VS GAMJI FC

RANCH BEES VS NEHODA

SAMBA FC, ENUGU VS SAKABA

MBAISE LIONS VS KWARA UTD.

NASARAWA UNITED VS AJAX, SOKOTO