Rangers FC Present N20m Insurance Benefit To Late Ifeanyi George’s Family



Rangers FC have presented an insurance benefit worth N20m to the family of their late player, Ifeanyi George. 

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side made the presentation on Tuesday to Sunday George, a brother to the late footballer.

While thanking the management of the club for the gesture, Sunday described it as novel, expressing hope that it will inspire other clubs to follow the same path.

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“This has never happened before in Nigerian football,” Sunday George said. “But Ifeanyi has sacrificed himself for this; I definitely know this is going to be a stepping stone for other clubs to take a step.”

Also speaking during the event, the head coach of Rangers FC, Salisu Yusuf, said the demise of the footballer is a sad development.

According to him, “He (Ifeanyi) had done very well. He played the best football in his life. We hoped that at the end of the season he would have a new contract.”

Coach Salisu added that “He did very well but it (his death), was just very sad.”

Ifeanyi George and Emmanuel Ogbu died on Sunday, March 22nd in a motor accident while travelling to Lagos State.

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George and Emmanuel died on the spot during the accident with another passenger who is a friend to George, Eteka Gabriel, also among the casualties.

Their car ran into an articulated vehicle in Abudu, along the Onitsha-Agbor-Benin road.

They were heading to Lagos for a break following the suspension of the NPFL.

Until his death, George, 26, was the assistant captain of Rangers and had two international caps for Nigeria.

Ogbu, on the other hand, was a youth team player of the Enugu-based outfit before his demise.

The remains of the late Enugu Rangers striker was laid to rest at Atan cemetery Yaba, Lagos State on Saturday, March 28.

NFF Bans Salisu Yusuf, Fines Him For Misconduct

NFF Bans Salisu Yusuf, Fines Him Over Misconduct


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Committee on Ethics and Fair Play has banned Chief Coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, for one year.

A statement from the football governing body on Wednesday also revealed that Yusuf was handed a fine of $5,000.

The sanctions were imposed on the 56-year-old coach, following an NFF investigation into bribery allegations against him prior to the African Nations Championship in Morocco.

Yusuf was caught on camera taking cash from men posing as football agents, who requested that two players be selected for a continental championship.

The coach has since denied the allegation.

The NFF Committee explained that the ban on Yusuf was from all football-related activities at both national and international levels.

It, however, said that the coach can make an appeal against the decision to the NFF Appeals Committee.

In the NFF statement read:

The NFF Committee on Ethics and Fair Play has placed a one –year ban from all football-related activities on Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Mr. Salisu Yusuf, following its consideration of a complaint by the NFF as well as the Coach’s defence of a video documentary in which he was seen to accept the sum of $1,000 from an undercover reporter posing as a player’s agent. The coach must also pay a fine in the sum of $5,000 to the Federation within three months.
In its report submitted to the NFF Secretariat on Tuesday, days after inviting the coach to state his own side of matters, the Committee, chaired by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, said it:
1)       Established from the admission of Coach Salisu Yusuf and also found as a fact from the documentary and video evidence before it, that he accepted the cash gift of $1,000 offered by Tigers Player’s Agency, an undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, for their inclusion in the list of players for 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco.
2)       The Committee found as a fact that it was not an error of judgment on the part of Coach Salisu Yusuf but a conscious and deliberate decision to have accepted the cash gift of $1,000 from the decoy player agent/undercover reporter, purportedly interested in acting on behalf of Players Osas Okoro and Rabiu Ali, even though the evidence before the Committee did not establish that his conduct influenced the choice of the two players.
3)       That the two Players could have made the team to 2018 CHAN Competition in Morocco on the basis of their talent and performance.
4)       That Coach Salisu Yusuf did not accept the offer of 15% of the anticipated transfer fees of the said players, as there was no follow –up action on the promise.
5)       That the act of the Coach, which was widely published on the British Broadcasting Corporation, has a damaging effect on the reputation and integrity of Nigerian Football, as he ought to have conducted himself more professionally in line with the Code of Conduct signed alongside his Contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, as his conduct in public and in secret should be exemplary, since coaches are role models.
6)       That the FIFA Code of Ethics, NFF Code of Ethics and FIFA Disciplinary Code, did not contemplate negligence or error of judgment as a defence to violation of any of the provisions as contained therein, as punitive measures must be adopted to serve as deterrent to other intending offenders, even though, that he is a first time offender.
Committee’s decision: “In accordance with Art. 22, FIFA Disciplinary Code, he is hereby banned for the period of one year, from partaking or involvement or participation in any football-related activity, effective from the date of this decision. He is also fined in the sum of $5,000 to be paid within three (3) months of the date of this decision…” The Committee also ruled that an appeal against the decision can be made to the NFF Appeals Committee.
With Alhaji Mainasara Illo (Member), Reverend Justin Chidi Okoroji (Member) and Barr. Joshua Onoja (Secretary) also present, the Committee said it passed its verdict of guilt on the defendant based on Art. 20, as well as Art. 21 (1) and 21 (3) of the NFF Code of Ethics. It also made reference to Art. 10 and 11 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Art. 20: “Persons bound by this Code may only offer or accept gifts or other benefits to and from persons within or outside NFF, or in conjunction with intermediaries or related parties as defined in this Code, which i) have symbolic or trivial value ii) exclude any influence for the execution or omission of an act that is related to their official activities or falls within their discretion iii) are not contrary to their duties iv) did not create any undue pecuniary or other advantage and v) did not create a conflict of interest.
Art 21 (1): “Persons bound by this Code must not offer, promise, give or accept any personal or undue pecuniary advantage or other advantage in order to obtain or retain business or any other improper advantage to or from anyone within or outside NFF. Such acts are prohibited; regardless of whether carried out directly or indirectly through, or in conjunction with, intermediaries or related parties as defined in this Code. In particular, persons bound by this Code must not offer, promise, give or accept any undue pecuniary or other advance for the execution or omission of an act that is related to their official activities and is contrary to their duties or falls within their discretion. Any such offer must be reported to the Ethics Committee and any failure to do so shall be sanctionable in accordance with this Code.”
Art. 21 (3): “Persons bound by this Code must refrain from any activity or behaviour that might give rise to the appearance or suspicion of improper conduct as described in the foregoing sections, or any attempt thereof.”
Before the Committee’s sitting, the NFF Integrity Unit headed by Dr. Christian Emeruwa, which commenced preliminary investigation when the documentary was first made public, had already submitted a report to the NFF General Secretary based on its work. 

Nigeria To Release 2018 CHAN Final Squad Next Week

World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Draw Cameron In Yaounde
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Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf will name his final 23-man squad for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) next week.

Officials revealed that the coach will name his squad ahead of the team’s departure for a training tour in Morocco on January 2nd, 2018.

The Super Eagles, who won the NPFL invitational tournament in Kano on Sunday, are currently in Abuja for the second phase of their preparation for the tournament.

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Nigeria will face Rwanda in their first Group C game in Tangier on January 15th. The 2014 champions Libya and debutants equatorial guinea are the other teams in the Group.

30 Home-based Eagles To Feature In NPFL Super Six

World Cup Qualifier: Nigeria Draw Cameron In Yaounde
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Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf has called up 30 players for the first phase of the preparations ahead of the 2018 African Nations Championship billed to hold in Morocco.

Familiar faces like Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Stephen Eze, Osas Okoro, Rabiu Ali, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Kingsley Eduwo, Sikiru Olatubosun and Anthony Okpotu made the list.

Yusuf said the invited players would test their strength with the country leading domestic clubs in the annual Super Six Tournament in Kano starting on Monday.

NPFL reigning champions Plateau United, MFM FC, Akwa United, Kano Pillars and Enyimba FC will feature in the Super Six Tournament.

Coach Yusuf To Effect Changes In Eagles Line-Up Against Ghana

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Super Eagles chief coach, Salisu Yusuf

Super Eagles chief coach, Salisu Yusuf will make changes in the home-based Eagles’ line-up ahead of today’s (Monday) must-win encounter against Ghana’s Black Stars in the WAFU Cup of Nations.

Both sides will battle at the Cape Coast stadium, with hosts Ghana already through to the semi-finals with six points from their first two matches, while the Eagles have only two points and must win to be sure of a place in the last four.

Super Eagles failed to score in both group phase games so far, after showing ability in a 2-0 win over Sierra Leone in the knockout phase of the tournament.

Coach Yusuf admits he is clear on what his team has to do later night to stay alive in the competition.

Salisu Yusuf Praises CHAN Eagles For Victory

Super Eagles Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has praised the home-based team for beating Benin Republic and qualifying for next year’s African Nations Championship in Kenya.

Coach Yusuf’s boys won two-nil in the second leg of the final qualifying round to advance on a 2-1 goal aggregate.

The former Kano Pillars coach commended the efforts of goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa who stopped a penalty kick from Benin Captain Mama Seibou, who beat him from the spot in Cotonou a week ago.

The African Nations Championships is tournament specifically designed for players featuring in their home league.

Yusuf Invites 30 Home-Based Players For CHAN Fixtures

Salisu Yusuf, Super EaglesSuper Eagles’ chief coach, Salisu Yusuf, has invited thirty home based players to camp for 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against the winner between Togo and Benin Republic.

Nigeria, 2014 CHAN bronze medallists, will lock horns with the winner of a preliminary fixture between the West African neighbours, with the first leg taking place on August 11th – 13th in either Cotonou or Lome and the return leg will be played on August 19 in Nigeria.

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Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Theophilus Afelokhai (Enyimba FC), Okiemute Odah (Lobi Stars), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Defenders: Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Orji Kalu (Rangers International); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ariwachukwu Emmanuel (Akwa United); Elisha Golbe (Plateau United); Chima Akas (Enyimba FC); Nasiru Sani (Katsina United), Osas Okoro (Rangers International), Chinedu Ajanah (ABS FC)

Midfielders: Hafiz Aremu (Akwa United); Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United); Raphael Ayagwa (Lobi Stars); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United); Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Samuel Mathias (El-Kanemi Warriors), Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United), Chiamaka Madu (Rangers International)

Forwards: Mfon Udoh (Enyimba FC); Prince Aggreh (FC IfeanyiUbah); Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC), Thomas Zenke (Nasarawa United); Austin Oladapo (Gombe United), Stephen Odey (MFM FC); Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars), Sunday Adetunji (Abia Warriors), Ifeanyi George (Rangers International)

NFF Names Paul Le Guen As New Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser

Paul Le Guen, NFF, Super Eagles, Technical AdviserThe Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday named Frenchman Paul Le Guen, as the new Technical Adviser of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles.

He will be assisted by Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach.

The appointments are subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee.

Spokesman of the Committee, Paul Bassey, told thenff.com after the meeting at the NFF secretariat on Monday that Enugu Rangers gaffer Imama Amapakabo and former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and skipper Alloy Agu, who served as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the games against Mali and Luxembourg in May, retain their places in the technical crew.

The new crew’s immediate challenge is a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in the first week of September – a dead rubber, but which would serve as ample preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Zambia on October 3.

The 52-year-old new Eagles’ boss steered the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

He played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland). He also coached Oman.

Yusuf, capped at U20 level by Nigeria, called the shots in interim capacity for two international friendly matches in Europe at the end of May, which the Eagles won.

The Committee has also recommended to the NFF Board, the appointment of one–time Super Eagles’ assistant coach Bitrus Bewarang as the new NFF Technical Director. Bewarang, who is president of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, will replace the late Coach Shaibu Amodu.

There is also a recommendation that former Super Eagles’ defender Nduka Ugbade be restored to the U17 National Team as assistant to Coach Manu Garba.

Mikel, Musa Confirmed For Joseph Yobo Testimonial

Joseph Yobo, Ahmed Musa, Mikel ObiSuper Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa have been allowed to be part of the Joseph Yobo testimonial game planned for May 27 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ordered that the players should be excused from the two friendly matches in Europe so that they can honour Joseph Yobo, who is having his testimonial game on the same date as the friendlies.

Nigeria will play Mali in Rouen, France on May 27 and then take on Luxembourg in Luxembourg on June 1.

Meanwhile, Coach Salisu Yusuf has invited Morocco–based midfielder Babatunde Michael to join the squad for the two friendly matches.

African football stars like Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Alex Song and former Everton coach David Moyes have all reportedly agreed to be part of the testimonial game.

Joseph Yobo is a former Nigerian professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was the captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles until his international football retirement in June 2014, as Nigeria’s record appearance holder.


Yusuf Invites 26 Players For Super Eagles Friendlies

Super Eagles-Salisu Yusuf-Eagles FriendliesSuper Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has called up 26 players for the international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions would take on the Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to play the country’s national team on June 1.

Yusuf, who was installed as interim Head Coach by the Nigeria Football Federation last week, picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 and former U-23 players.

All the invitees in the goalkeeper categories are: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars).

The defenders invited are: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal), Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany), Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway), and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).

For the midfielders, players called up are: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium), Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), and Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal).

The players invited in the forward category are: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), and Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece).

NFF To Appoint Super Eagles Coach In June

Super EaglesMeanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that a permanent head coach for the Super Eagles would be in place for the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Eagles have been without a substantive coach since Sunday Oliseh resigned in February with the likes of Samson Siasia and Salisu Yusuf managing the team on temporary basis at different points.

According to the NFF Technical Committee, a technical crew led by either a local or foreign coach would be appointed after the upcoming friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in June.

Meanwhile, Salisu Yusuf is the man to lead the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the upcoming friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg.

The former Kano Pillars boss will be assisted by Enugu Rangers Coach, Imama Amapakabor, Kennedy Boboye of Abia Warriors while Alloy Agu would serve as goalkeeper trainer.

Nigeria plays Mali on May 27, before going on to face Luxembourg on June 1.

Both matches will serve as tune ups for the final round of qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Sunday Oliseh To Stay Out Of CHAN Qualifier

olisehSuper Eagles Coach, Sunday Oliseh will stay out of this weekend’s 2016 CHAN qualifier against Burkina Faso in Port Harcourt, owing to ill-health.

The Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye told Channels Sports that the coach will return to Nigeria from Belgium on October 18, a day after the home-based Eagles clash with the Etalons of Burkina Faso.

In his absence, his Assistants, Jean-Francois Losciuto and Salisu Yusuf will take charge of the qualifier.

Former Enyimba and Kano Pillars Coach, Yusuf, has been training the Nigeria League players for the CHAN qualifier since last week.

The return leg of the CHAN qualifier will be played the following weekend in Ouagadougou.