Giwa’s NFF Sack State FA Chairmen

nffProprietor of Nigeria Premier League side, Giwa Football Club of Jos, Mr Chris ‎Giwa, has announced the sacking of the Chairmen of State Football Associations.

Mr Giwa, who said he has assumed the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as the President, said his action was on the ground that the election that produced them is an illegal one.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, Mr Giwa said a new board led by him has assumed office following the judgment of a Federal High Court, which nullified the election of the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation.

He criticized those accusing him of taking football matters to court saying there are several cases where civil issues in the management of football had gone to regular courts with Egypt as the most recent where a court also sacked the football federation.

Mr Giwa added that the new board, under him, is out to restore the lost glory of Nigerian football, which according to him, has been in a “comatose state for many years”.

NFF Disqualifies Umeh,Others, Clears Giwa For Election

nff 2The Electoral Panel of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has disqualified the acting Chairman, Mike Umeh, ex-internationals, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Segun Odegbami from contesting elections into the office of the chairman.

The Committee on Wednesday, disqualified the three major aspirants for the office of the President of the federation. Those disqualified include ex-Nigerian international and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Segun Odegbami; former scribe of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi; and current Acting Chairman of the Federation, Mike Umeh.

While Chris Giwa, who owns Nigeria Premier League side, Giwa FC, is now the only candidate left in the run.

The NFF elections are scheduled to hold on August 26, 2014.

Minister Rejects Disqualification

Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo, said on Wednesday afternoon that the government was opposed to the decision of the electoral committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to disqualify some candidates.

Mr. Danagogo, who is also the chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC, stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja.

“We do not support any process that looks fraudulent,…, that produced one candidate. We want a situation where all stakeholders will contest and neat result will come out.

“For that reason, to us it is proper and it is acceptable to let the press know that we agree with the aggrieved persons in totality,” he said.

The electoral committee had on Wednesday morning disqualified ex-Nigerian international and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Segun Odegbami; former scribe of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi; and current Acting Chairman of the Federation, Victor Umeh.

Only one candidate, Chris Giwa, owner of Giwa FC, was cleared to contest for President of the NFF.
Mr. Danagogo, however, condemned the electoral process expected to lead to the August 26 election of new leaders of the NFF.

“(This) level of ineptitude is certainly not acceptable. NSC will not conduct elections for them. We will do everything possible to conduct free and fair election.

“If it means we will delay the process or resell the form. Forms should be open to individuals eligible to compete,” he said.

Club Owners Sack Nduka Irabor’s League Management C’mte

Nigeria Premier League club owners have announced the sacking of the Nduka Irabor-led league management committee on the ground that the committee registered a league management company without the consent and approval of the club owners.

Acting chairman of the club owners, Mr Isaac Danladi who announced this in Abuja at the end of an emergency meeting of premier league club owners, declared the league management company as an illegal outfit and dissociated themselves from the said company.

The club owners also mandated the executive secretary of the premier league, Mr Tunji Babalola to immediately take charge of the secretariat.

They also ordered the mobilization of secretariat staff to all league venues to take control of activities pending the election of a substantive board for the league.

Keshi Invites 24 NPL Players Ahead World Cup Qualifiers

Stephen Keshi has released his list of players that will be invited to the camp ahead of the clash with Kenya in the World Cup qualifier coming up on March 23rd. The coach released a list of 24 players mainly from the Nigeria Premier League players, promising that the list of the foreign based players that has been invited will be made public on Thursday.

Coach Keshi will out of the 24 local-based players select those that will form part of the Super Eagles squad that will square up with Kenya in Calabar.

Out of the glorious Super Eagles squad at the Afcon 2013 in South Africa, local stars Sunday Mba and Godfrey Oboabona made the list released by Stephen Keshi today and they will all report to the Abuja camp on Sunday, the 10th of March at the usual camping site of the Super Eagles.

Invited Players:

Goalkeepers are Chigozie Agbim, Rangers; Daniel Akpeyi, Heartland and Dele Ajiboye, 3SC.

Defenders –  Azubuike Egwueke, Warri Wolves; Papa Idris, Kano Pillars; Godfrey Oboabona, Sunshine Stars; Benjamin Francis, Heartland; Solomon Kwambe, Heartland;  Chibuzor Okonkwo, Rangers; Ezekiel Bassey, Lobi Stars; Mohamed Zubaru, Niger Tornadoes and Umar Zango, Kano Pillars;

Midfielders & Forward: Adepoju Taofeek, 3SC; Jiya Muhammed, Bayelsa FC; Saka Ayo, Enyimba; Sunday Mba, Warri Wolves; Pius Samson, Ranchers Bees; Emeka Ezeh, Rangers; Obinna Nwachukwu, Heartland; Mannir Ubale, Kano Pillars; Gomo Ohanduku, Sharks; Gambo Muhammed, Kano Pillars; Anthony Okputu, Lobi Stars and Reuben Gabriel, Kano Pillars.



Sunday Mba: NPL Rules In Favour Of Warri Wolves

The Nigeria Premier League has waded into the on-going feud between Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers over the ownership of Sunday Mba and Chigozie Agbim by ruling that the Super Eagles duo belong to Warri Wolves.

Enugu Rangers is laying claim to Mba, insisting he has always been their player and had been training with them before the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

However, in a letter signed by the executive secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola, Mba and Agbim have been declared as players of Warri Wolves.

The league interim management committee has, therefore, asked any club interested in the players to contact Warri Wolves.

A tussle arose between Warri Wolves and Enugu Rangers over the ownership of the 24-year-old Eagles midfielder since foreign clubs started showing interest in the player after the Afcon 2013.

Spokesman of the Warri-based professional football club, Moses Etu, said on Sunday that the Delta State-owned team was not ready to join issues with Rangers on the player as Mba knew he had a two-year contract with Warri Wolves.

“Sunday Mba has only spent one year out of the two-year contract he signed with us. It is on the basis of this that we are giving him up till Friday, March 1 to return to our camp ahead of the new football season we are preparing for,” observed.

The Warri Wolves media officer hinted that the matter has been reported to the Nigeria Football Federation.

“We have absolute confidence in NFF believing that they will follow the path of justice. We have the documents signed by Mba and requests by Rangers for us to clear the players for them which we refused to do,” he said.

“We have also written the NFF to apply the relevant sanctions regarding inducement and misleading of the public by Rangers International on this matter.”

Etu further warned that Warri Wolves would not hesitate to report the matter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the world football governing body, FIFA if need be.

“We have confidence in NFF but we won’t hesitate to take the matter to CAF and FIFA. Rangers can be banned from further participation in the CAF Champions League while the player faces the prospect of being banned for years,” stressed the club spokesman.

Although some foreign clubs are said to be making enquiries on how to sign the Super Eagles players, the current ownership struggle between the two NPL clubs may scuttle such moves. Warri Wolves last week placed a one million euro transfer tag on the player now under dispute.

The defender rose to stardom after he scored two goals for Nigeria at the Nations Cup, which put Nigeria in reckoning and ultimately claiming the 2013 Afcon trophy.

Now the hitherto unknown local player is now the talk of several transfers within European clubs.




Sunday Mba; Super Hot Target For Clubs In Europe

Nigeria’s Afcon 2013 sensation; 24-year-old midfielder Sunday Mba he is being wooed by many Premier League clubs as he plots a move away from his Nigerian side Warri Wolves.

Mba’s exploits and performance at the just concluded Afcon 2013 where Nigeria emerged eventual winners of the competition in South Africa attracted a number of scouts to monitor his progression.

Though, still with his local club Warri Wolves, Mba revealed that he is open to a move from the club to Europe after being inundated with offers from several top clubs in Europe.

It is understood Andre Villas-Boas had a scout keeping a close eye on him, but the north-London club are expected to face competition from Everton and Reading for the £4million man.

“I won’t lie, I have been inundated with offers from England, Spain, Italy and some other countries but I will not be hasty in reaching a decision now,” Mba ended.

19 Clubs Attend Premier League 7th National Congress Organized By NFF

Amidst series of allegations, counter allegations and controversy, the seventh congress of the Nigeria Premier League ordered by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is holding in Abuja with representatives of 19 Premier League clubs in attendance.

Addressing delegates before going into a closed door session, the acting Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Premier League, Mr Tunji Babalola said “the attendance at the congress and the presence of three board members of the NFF, who are attending the congress as observers, is a clear manifestation that the congress has been properly convened”.

Clubs represented at the congress include ABS FC, Akwa United, Dolphin, Enyimba, Gombe United, Heartland FC, Jigawa Golden Stars, Kaduna United, Kano Pillars and Kwara United.

Others are Lobi Stars, Ocean Boys, Rangers FC, Rising Stars, Sharks FC, Sunshine Stars, Warri Wolves, Wikki Tourists and Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC).

Also in attendance are representatives of El-Kanemi Warriors FC, Nasarawa United and Bayelsa United while NFF observers present are Suleiman Kwande, Emeka Iyama and Shehu Adamu.

The congress, is to among other things adopt the proposed kick off date of February 16, 2013 for the 2012/2013 football season, adoption of 2011/2012 final league table and the presentation of amended rules and regulations for the 2012/2013 season.

NFF puts NPL congress on hold

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it had put on hold the 7th congress of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) following another development around domestic league administration.

On Tuesday, the NFF  issued the NPL with a go-ahead order for its congress proposed for Thursday, December the 6th, but a group of premier league club owners met in Abuja on Tuesday night and announced they had kicked out the NPL board.

A statement by the General Secretary, Musa Amadu stated that NFF is uncomfortable with the continued delay in the commencement of the 2012/2013 premier league season, which can only roll off the ground after the congress.

But it fears there could be a breakdown of law and order should the congress go ahead on December the 6th, 2012.

The NFF executive committee would hold an emergency meeting on Friday to conclusively resolve several issues around the league.

Baribote denies removal

Meanwhile another crisis appears looming in the domestic league as chairman of the NPL; Victor Baribote has said he is not aware his NPL board has been sacked by the 16 NPL club owners. He insisted that the club bosses are not working within the league statutes.

The clubs met Tuesday night in Abuja to dissolve the board of the Nigeria premier league led by Baribote and appointed a six-man interim committee to run the local league pending fresh elections to the board.

However, Baribote said Wednesday he is unaware of such a decision.

According to spokesman of the clubs fan, Ndubu Oke, the NPL congress, slated to hold on Thursday in Kano was illegal as none of the clubs were notified, three months prior to the congress as stipulated in the statutes.

The Heartland FC general manager also said they got their powers to dissolve the NPL board from Article 22 of the statutes after setting aside Articles 24, 25 and 26.


Enyimba unveils Aigbogun as coach

Former Warri Wolves coach, Paul Aigbogun, has made a sensational return to the Nigeria Premier League to be part of Enyimba’s technical bench as Chief Coach, while Salisu Yusuf is Head Coach/Technical Adviser.

However the terms of contract for Aigbogun remains undisclosed, as Enyimba’s official website announced Yusuf alone leaving out his assistants.

The coach who holds a UEFA Grade B coaching license parted ways with Warri Wolves in February but resurfaced in South Africa two months later to take charge of FC Cape Town.

Enyimba has opted for relatively young coaches with same ideology to lead the team.

UCL: Efe Ambrose’s Celtic to face Barcelona tonight

Nigeria international, Efe Ambrose was amongst the players of Scottish Premier League champions; Celtic who flew to Camp Nou from Glasgow airport yesterday for today’s showdown against Catalan giants Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League round which will resume today.

Celtic currently sit second in Group G behind Barcelona.

The Nigerian international has been in top form in preparation for the Scottish side’s Champions League encounter and it would also be recalled that Ambrose’s goal was part of what sealed the AFCON 2013 for Nigeria against Liberia after the latter was beaten 6-1 in the final round in Calabar  and after the National showdown his form continued as he his debut goal for Celtic in the 5-0 thrashing of St Mirren during the last weekend.

The former Bayelsa United has reiterated his interest in the games against Barcelona as he believed that his form will be tested further to know where he is lacking.

Keshi not disturbed with Yobo’s absence

Super Eagle’s Coach, Stephen Keshi, said there is no cause for alarm at the absence of skipper Joseph Yobo just as Chelsea’s midfielder John Mikel Obi joined the team earlier on Wednesday.

Keshi revealed that the medical team at Turkish side Fernabahce have ruled Yobo out of the match against Liberia with a torn cruciate ligament and have put him on medical examination to determine whether he could travel to Nigeria to cheer the team to victory.

Yobo’s knee is reported to have swollen after he played 70 minutes for his Turkish side over the weekend

According to the Eagles Coach, Yobo, spent over one hour on phone with him to confirm he will not be available for this weekend’s crucial tie against the lone star of Liberia.

Yobo played in last month’s 2 all draw in Liberia but was later replaced by Efe Ambrose in the second half.

In June, he missed all three of Nigeria’s Nation’s Cup and World Cup qualifiers against Rwanda, Malawi and Namibia also on account of injury.

Meanwhile Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi arrived the Metropolitan Hotel camp of the Eagles Wednesday afternoon, after his protracted battle to get a Ukrainian visa for his side’s UEFA Champion’s League game next week.

Mikel said he is fit for the encounter against Liberia to cool off speculations surrounding his availability.

The camp of the Super Eagles in Calabar is bubbling with activity as most of the invited Europe-based players have arrived ahead of the weekend’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Spokesman of the team, Ben Alaiya, confirmed to Channels Sports that Ambrose Efe, Brown Ideye, Ahmed Musa, Joel Obi, Victor Moses and Ikechukwu Uche have all arrived the training camp. Other are Elderson Echiejile, Obiorah Nwankwo and Onazi Ogenyi have showed up in camp

Alaiya confirmed that only 3 players are still being expected.

Earlier goalkeepers Austin Ejide and Vincent Enyeama as well as Nosa Igiebor joined up with the 7 players from the Nigeria Premier League in a training session

Ex-international Mutiu Adepoju ditches Shooting Stars

Former Super Eagles player, Mutiu Adepoju who after his playing days decided to work with the shooting Stars sport club of Ibadan as their General Manager resigned from his position yesterday.

The 1994 African Nations Cup winner dropped a resignation letter at the club’s office yesterday and according to information reaching us, Mutiu will be leaving the sores of Nigeria for Spain on Thursday where he will be attending a two-week UEFA Pro Licence course which according to him is to re-validate the licence.

It can be said that the former Eagles player during his time of service to 3SC brought the Ibadan-based club back to the Premier league from their relegation and the club had maintained this position up until the Headmaster left the club yesterday.

We hear that Mutiu Adepoju was not happy with the treatment given him by the board of the club after he asked to re-apply for a new contract after the initial contract had expired and according to him it was a move by the board to pass down their message that his services were no longer required by the board and rather than be ridiculed, he decided to take the bull by the horn.