Court Discharges, Acquits NFF President Pinnick, Four Others Of Corruption Charges

Amaju Pinnick

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has discharged and acquitted President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, of charges bordering on fraud to the tune of $8.4 million and N4 billion.

Other chieftains of the NFF who were also discharged of similar offences by the court include; Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President), Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President), Mohammed Sanusi (General Secretary) and Ahmed Yusuf (Executive Committee member).

The NFF executives were charged on 16 counts of corruption and misappropriation of the said sums from the 2014 FIFA Grant, and conflict of interest and non-declaration of assets, by the defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP), headed by Okon Obono-Obla.

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At the court session on Tuesday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu dismissed the entire case with all 16 charges, and acquitted the NFF chieftains, after counsel representing the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) applied to withdraw the charges.

The AGF took over the case from the office of the SPIP which originally instituted the case against the defendants.

The counsel stated that it could not proceed with the matter as the proof of evidence could not sustain the charges.

Sani Katu, counsel to the defendants applied to the court to dismiss the charges and also discharge and acquit the NFF chieftains.

Justice Ojukwu then ruled that she had no option than to discharge and acquit the defendants on all counts, wondering why the case was brought to the court in the first place.

‘A Truly Big Tree Has Fallen,’ NFF Mourns Ex-VP Oyuki Obaseki

Giwa Takes Control Of NFF As Dalung Asks Pinnick To Obey Court Order

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has mourned the death of its second Vice President, Oyuki Jackson Obaseki.

Obaseki, who was also a former Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, died on Sunday in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The NFF noted that the 75 –year old left his giant footprints in the sands of time with his extensive work, passion, and vision to take the Nigerian league’s elite division to new heights.

He was pioneer chairman of the body known as Interim Management Committee which was inaugurated in February 2005, which transmuted to the Nigeria Premier League the following year.

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Paying tribute to the Obaseki, NFF Acting President Seyi Akinwunmi said, “A truly big tree has fallen.

“We remember very much the work that Chief Obaseki did to promote and project the elite division of the Nigeria League during his time as chairman. It was difficult to match his passion and energy as he pursued his vision for an independent League body.”

He added, “We worked together at some point during the early days of the efforts to reposition the Nigeria Premier League.

“He took everything that needed to be done as a project and drove everyone else around him hard to play their own roles appropriately.”

Obaseki, known with the alias ‘Moving Train’, was the Ohe of Bini Kingdom – a very high-ranking position in one of the oldest kingdoms in the universe.

As Chairman of the Premier League, Obaseki was automatically the Second Vice President of the NFF during the presidency of Sani Lulu Abdullahi between 2006 and 2010.

NFF’s VP, Akinwunmi Motivates Players At Channels Kids Cup

The First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Seyi Akinwunmi, on Tuesday made a surprise visit to the venue of the ongoing Channels International Kids Cup.

The visit by the NFF First Vice President, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, is motivation to players from various schools as they contend for the title of the ninth edition of the tournament.

It is also in line with the Nigerian football governing body’s support to Channels Television in ensuring that the competition gets better each year.

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Mr Akinwunmi was received by members of the Channels International Kids Cup Organising Committee at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

His visit comes after the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, endorsed the Channels Kids Cup and pledged his administration’s support for the competition.

Governor El-Rufai noted that his administration would continue to partner with Channels Television on the competition and other activities because of the station’s credibility and unbiased news reporting.

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, also said the competition is in line with his administrations vision for grassroots sports development.

The governor lauded the management of Channels Media Group for living up to its corporate social responsibility through the event.

Gauteng Tournament: A Learning Experience For The Team – Eguavoen

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Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen

Former Super Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has said he is confident that the 2017 Future Champions Gauteng Cup tournament will serve as a learning experience for the team.

Eguavoen led the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All-Stars Under-17 team to a Silver Medal at the Future Champions Gaunteng international tournament in Johannesburg.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Johannesburg, Eguavoen said the team deserves commendation as they got to know each other within nine days in camp.

Meanwhile, the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, said the football house will continue to work towards building a functional youth system in the country’s domestic leagues clubs.

He also said the NPFL U-17 All-Stars have shown they can compete among the best finishing in second place among top teams in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Super Eagles Beat Swaziland 2-0 In World Cup Qualifier

EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday kept their hope of a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup alive by defeating Swaziland 2-0 in Port Harcourt.

It was the second leg of the knock out duel between the two countries, after the first leg had ended in a goalless draw in Swaziland on Friday.

The Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 in Swaziland. Sunshine stars’ Paul Onobi replaced Mikel Obi; Sharks’ Chima Akas came in for Elderson Echiejile and Austin Oboroakpo from Abia Warriors replaced Godfrey Oboabona.

The first half ended goalless with pressure mounting among the fans at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium but Moses Simon’s well taken free-kick in the 51st minute gave Nigeria the lead and calmed the nerves.

In the 75th minute, Obafemi Martins came in for captain Ahmed Musa and Ogenyi Onazi took the captain’s band as Nigeria went in search of more goals.

The Eagles’s improved attacking play eventually paid off but not from the expected source. Defender Efe Ambrose made it 2-0 for Nigeria in the 87th minute to send the Port Harcourt fans into jubilation.

Asides throwing open the gates of the stadium to encourage fans to fill the venue and cheer the Nigeria team to victory, the Eagles were also boosted by the Rivers State Government’s $20,000 per goal promise.

With the victory, Nigeria has now qualified for the group stage of the African qualifiers along with 19 other countries, who will be drawn into five groups.

The five group winners will represent Africa in Russia 2018.

 

 

 

Super Eagles Begin Training In Port Harcourt

super eaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria have kicked off preparations for their second leg World Cup qualifier against Swaziland.

The team had a light training session at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt after returning from Lobamba.

Super Eagles drew goalless with Swaziland on Friday and will be hoping to make their home advantage count when Swaziland come visiting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, believes the team will learn from their mistakes in the first leg, and backed them to record a convincing win in the return tie.

NFF Explains Reason Behind Keshi’s Sack

keshiThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has terminated the appointment of the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.

The NFF explained that Keshi failed to meet the “required commitment stated in the contract to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract.

“Having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ head coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract.

“To this end, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with immediate effect”, a statement by the NFF Vice-President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi said.

Keshi led the Super Eagles to a 2-0 win over chad in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last month and has already submitted his programme for the game against Tanzania on September the 4th.

He became the first Nigerian to win the Africa Cup of Nations as captain and coach, after leading the Super Eagles to victory in the 2013 edition of competition hosted in South Africa. He also qualified Nigeria for the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil.

The National Technical Director, Amodu Shuaibu and Assitant Coach, Salisu Yusuf will take charge of the team until a new handler is appointed.

Regulations For The Channels National Kids Cup Football Competition 2015

INTRODUCTION

Football is a game that not only enhances good health through exercise, it promotes teamwork and camaraderie, and it is universal and is played everywhere. It is not only played within clubs but also in schools which are also an important breeding ground for potential football stars.

For these reasons, it can be seen that sport and particularly football, forms a natural part of governmental health and social development programmes. No government can neglect sport and the benefits that it can bring to the population. Football is a vehicle for the promotion of health, education, team spirit and fair play. These concepts are also central to national government objectives and are values upheld by modern societies.

In Lagos State the statutory agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and administering all football related activities is The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) it has been in existence since the creation of the state in 1967 but has its current board as the only democratically elected board in recent history.

The LSFA is led by Mr. Seyi Akinwunmi, a respectable Legal Practitioner. The LSFA has articulated its vision to restructure football in the State and has therefore created and nurtured a brand known as Eko Football which is the vehicle used to actualize the vision.

The LSFA in articulating its Eko Football vision has laid emphasis on youth development, it has created access to national sports youth development structures and has promoted local youth programmes such as the popular monthly U-13 and U-15 Boys and U-15 Girls Eko Football Future Stars tournament that has attracted thousands of youth footballers. It is in furtherance of this vision that the LSFA has partnered with Channels Television to present the Channels Kids Competition 2015.

The values of the Channels Kids Competition 2015 are similar to values promoted by youth sport development, social development and good governance. These include;

  • Allowing children to play football together thereby facilitating communication with one another.

  • Using football to promote good health.

  • Using football as a tool for education by teaching: observance of the rules of the game, the practice of exercises and codified play, respect for opponents and partners, the desire to be the best, pushing oneself beyond one’s limits, the joy of winning and coping with the distress of losing, etc.

  • Promoting football as a part of life associated with fun, pleasure and emotion.

  • The need for consultation with all stakeholders in order to ensure that all points of view are taken into account and if possible, represented in the plan.

  • Offering the means to practice sport everywhere, at schools, in clubs etc. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.

  • To increase the number of children involved in the nationwide U13 football competition and eliminate age cheating.

  • Making sure the underdeveloped areas of the sport (football for girls, players with disabilities, football in schools) receive support and appropriate services.

  • Offering an alternative to the everyday lives of children from disadvantaged areas.

  • The desire to improve and develop the game at all levels starting from the U13 level.

Fair Play Code – The Ten Golden Rules

  1. Winning is not fun if achieved unfairly. Playing fair makes others respect you.

  2. Winning is the goal of a game- never play to lose. But if you lose, do so fairly and you will win respect. Congratulate the winners and try to win the next time.

  3. Sport needs rules in order to be played fairly. The rules of football are simple and easy to learn. They make football fun to play and watch.

  4. Everyone has the same rights. Opponents, team-mates, referees and spectators must be respected. Fair play is about respect. Respect is part of football.

  5. Football is the world’s greatest game. Help keep it that way. Talk about the positive and encourage others to do the same. Be a role model for the game.

  6. Football is great because fair play is respected. When someone is exceptionally fair in football, they deserve recognition. Help promote football’s image by recognising good deeds.

  7. Football is sometimes exposed to negative outside influences. Do not be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers. Football is sport and sport is peace.

  8. Make sure everyone in football is playing fair. Do not let them be tempted by drugs, racism, violence, gambling or other dangers.

  9. Say ‘no’ to cheats and report them. It is better to have cheats removed before they can damage the game. Actively protect the beautiful game of football.

  10. Football’s popularity can help make the world a better place. Use the power of football to promote peace and equality. Make the world better through football.

FIFA is the world soccer governing body, The FIFA rules consist of 17 laws that break the game into segments. The purpose of the laws is to be applicable in the same way at any level from World Cup final to a local game with your friends at a park. These original laws have only changed slightly over the years, in accordance with specific evolution and demands of the sport.

For lower levels (Youth Organizations) of play the International Football Association Board (IFAB) first ratified the official rules of soccer, entitled “Laws of the Game,” when it was founded in 1886. The purpose of this flexibility in the rules arises from the need to acknowledge that different cultures and economic factors surrounding each level can affect the way the game is played. The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) explains in its Rules of the Game section below, that the laws are designed as a loose framework open to amendment based on the discretion of Organizing committee agreement. “The Laws form the skeleton of a competition’s rules, while the competition regulations provide the flesh. 

  1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1 Channels National Kids Football Competition 2015

  1. The Channels National Kids Football Competition 2015 is designed to offer the means to practise football as a sport at schools to help young players from the ages of 10 to 13 learn the game of football. Football should be accessible to all without reference to gender, race or location.

  1. It is an invitational tournament

  1. All Primary schools, public and private duly registered with its state authorities are eligible to participate at this event.

  1. Selection of schools will be the sole responsibility of the Organizing committee.

  1. The Tournament will run for six match days with the Finals played on Children’s Day May 27th, 2015.

  1. Group games: ……………………. Semi-finals: ………………. and Final: ……………………. At the national level and knock outs at the state level.

  1. LSFA shall be responsible for all technical and Disciplinary matters.

Article 2 Participating Schools

  1. The schools participating in the Competition agree to comply with these regulations, the Laws of the Game, Statutes and Regulations as long as with any other Organizing committee regulations, guidelines, directives and/or decisions.

  1. In addition, each participating school shall be responsible for:

  1. The conduct of its Delegates Members and of any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf throughout the entire Tournament

  2. Attending all meetings and other official collective activities in respect of the competition

  3. Paying for incidental costs and expenses incurred by its Delegate Members or any other persons carrying out duties on its behalf

  1. All participating schools shall confirm their participation by submitting the originals of their entry forms and any other required documentation to the organizing committee as communicated by the organizing committee by the set deadline.

  1. On entering the Tournament, the participating clubs automatically undertake to

  1. Observe these regulations and ensure that their Delegation Members, and not only its players, also observe these regulations and the principles of fair play

  2. Accept and obey all decisions taken by the bodies and officials of the organizing committee under the terms of these conditions

  3. Participate in ALL matches in which their school is scheduled to take part till elimination

  4. Accept ALL arrangements relating to the competition made by organizing committee.

Article 3 Withdrawal, penalty for failing to play and replacement

  1. All Participating schools undertake to play all their matches until eliminated.

  1. Any school that withdraws from the event no later than 14 days before the first match of the competition shall not be considered for invitation by the organizing committee for subsequent tournaments.

  1. Any participating school that withdraws during the course of the competition or fails to honour any of its matches at the any stage of the competition will be fined.

  1. Any participating school that withdraws before the start of the competition may be replaced by another school to be determined by the organizing committee

  1. If, through the fault of any Participating school, a match in the tournament cannot take place or be played in its entirety, the Organizing Committee shall declare that the match be forfeited (awarding victory or points to the opposing school) and/or exclude the school concerned from the competition.

  1. The school responsible for the situation in paragraph 5 above shall face sanctions to be determined by the organizing committee.

  1. The organizing committee shall take whatever action is deemed necessary in the case of force majeure.

Article 4 Disciplinary Matters

  1. Disciplinary incidents are dealt with in compliance with the organizing committee Disciplinary Code in force as well as with all relevant circulars and directives, with which the Partaking school undertake to comply.

  1. Organizing committee may introduce new disciplinary rules for the duration of the competition. Such rules shall be communicated to the Participating schools one week before the first match of the Tournament.

  1. The Participating schools agree to comply with the Laws of the Game as provided by organizing committee, the statutes and regulations for the case of Channels National Kids Football Competition. Schools agree to comply with all further organizing committee guidelines, circulars and decisions that have any significance regarding the competition.

  1. In addition, the school and all other persons acting on behalf of the school agree notably to:

  1. Respect the spirit of fair play and non-violence

  2. Behave accordingly

  3. Refrain from taking performance enhancing substances

  1. Schools and the Member of the school’s Delegation concerned will be held responsible for the behavior of the player and any member of the school’s Delegation.

  1. Schools will be held responsible for the behavior of any other persons acting on behalf of the school concerned.

Article 5 Disputes

  1. All disputes in connection with the event will be promptly settled by arbitration.

  1. In compliance with the Organizing committee Statutes, the participating school, their officials and players may not take disputes to any court of law but to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Organizing committee.

  1. The LSFA Disciplinary Committee is the highest body in determining any form of dispute.

Article 6 Protests

  1. For the purpose of these regulations, protests are objections of any kind related to events and matters that have a direct effect on matches, including but not limited to the state of and the markings on the pitch, accessory match equipment, eligibility of players, stadium installations and soccer balls.

  1. Unless otherwise stipulated in this article, protests shall be submitted in writing to the Organizing committee match commissioner within two hours of the conclusion of the match in question and followed up immediately with a full written report, including a copy of the original protest.

  1. Protests against any incidents that occur during the course of a match shall be made verbally to the referee immediately after the disputed incident and before play has resumed.

  1. No protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play, such decisions being final.

  1. If unfounded or irresponsible protest is lodged, the Organizing committee Disciplinary Committee may impose a fine.

Article 7 Equipment

  1. The balls used in the competition shall be selected, exclusively supplied and approved by the LSFA

  1. The goal-posts and field markings shall be of the FIFA-approved dimensions except where stated as a variation by the Organizing committee.

Article 8 Venue, stadium, dates and kick-off time for matches

  1. The venue, dates and kick-off times for matches will be fixed and approved by the Organizing committee.

  1. Matches will be played at venues with people sitting and/or standing.

  1. Matches may be played in daylight or under floodlight provided the floodlights are deemed bright enough by the Organizing committee.

  1. The school teams will be entitled to warm up on the pitch before each match.

  1. Smoking is not allowed in the technical area.

  1. The stadium and training grounds shall not be used for any other matches or events from at least four days prior to the start of the Tournament until completion, except the Organizing committee gives special permission.

  1. The venues will be available and free of any and all commercial activities and identifications (e.g. boards and other signage) other than those of organizing committee commercial affiliates at least four days prior to the first match of the competition.

Article 9 Match Officials

  1. Referees and other match officials will be appointed for each match by the LSFA – Referees Committee.

  1. A Match Commissioner will be appointed for each match.

  1. After each match, the referee shall complete and sign the official Referees’ Report Form. The referee shall hand it over to the general coordinator at the venue immediately after the match. On the report the referee shall note all occurrences of significance, such as misconduct of players leading to caution or expulsion, unsporting behavior by supporters and/or officials or any other person acting on behalf of a school at the match and any other incident happening before, during and after the match in as much detail as possible.

  1. All decisions made by the LSFA – Referees Committee are final and not subject to appeal.

Article 10 Laws of the Game

All matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game in force at the time of the tournament.

Article 11 Commercial Rights

  1. The Organizing committee owns and controls all commercial rights in relation to the Tournament.

  1. The Organizing committee issues Marketing Guidelines specifying these commercial rights. All schools shall fully comply with these Marketing Guidelines and ensure that their members, officials, players, delegates and other affiliates also comply.

Article 12 Transportation

All schools are expected to bear the cost of their transportation to and from match venues.

  1. TECHNICAL RULES

Article 13 Number of Teams

  1. There will be 24 schools vying for honours at the Lagos State preliminaries.

  2. 4 teams will emerge from Lagos Preliminaries by 12 invited schools across the country to play at the national finals.

  3. Duration, matches will be played for 50minutes (25minutes for each halves with a 10 minutes break)

Article 14 Eligibility of Players

  1. All players shall be students currently in primary and not above the age of 13years as at the date of commencement of the competition.

  1. Players can be of a nationality other than Nigerian (but resident in Nigeria) as long as paragraph 1 above holds

  2.   No player shall feature for more than one school.

  1. All players shall be registered with only one of the Participating schools throughout the duration of the competition.

  2. No particular player shall feature for two different  schools during the same Tournament.

  3. Direct players interview will be adapted at random from beginning to the end of the competition.

  1.    Any school that is found guilty of fielding an ineligible player shall forfeit the match in question. Victory and the resultant points shall be awarded to the opposing school.

  1. Any school found guilty of the above shall be withdrawn from the competition sent back home and never invited for any subsequent editions.

  2. Any such school shall be reported to their state appropriate authority.

Article 15 Player Lists and Official Delegation Lists

  1. Participating schools are allowed to register a maximum of Eighteen Players, two (2) of whom shall be goalkeepers and Two Officials.

  1. Each Participating schools shall submit a filled registration package that will include;

  1. School Team form

  2. Identification Cards for each Player and Official of the school Team

All Registration Documents should be submitted to the Organizing committee at least 21 days prior to the first match of the Competition

  1. In the case of a serious injury, a player may be substituted 24 hours before the kick-off of his school Team’s first match of competition.

  1. The following information is required to accompany the school team-list for each player

  • Surname

  • Forenames

  • Popular Name

  • Position

  • Date of Birth

  • State of Origin

  1. Only the Eighteen (18) Registered Players will be permitted to take part in the Tournament. The numbers on the back of the shirts shall correspond with the numbers on the school Team List.

  1. A player listed on the registration form can be replaced only in the event of a serious injury up until 24 hours before the kick-off of his Team’s first match. Such replacements must be approved in writing by the recognized Medical Committee upon receipt and assessment of a detailed medical assessment.

  1. Before the start of the Tournament, all the players on the school Team List must prove their identity and age. Every Player and Team Official must also sign a declaration of compliance wherein they agree to submit to these regulations. Any Player or school Team Official who fails to submit and sign these documents will not be allowed to take part in the Competition.

  1. All 18 Players shall be named on the player list for each match. Not more than 9 people (two officials and seven players) shall be allowed to sit on the substitutes’ bench. A suspended player may not seat on the substitutes’ bench.

Article 16 Competition Format

  1. The Lagos State preliminaries will be played on knock bases and the 2 finalists will represent the state at the national finals.

  1. At the national finals there shall be 4 groups of 4 teams participating.

  1. Two teams will emerge from each group to compete at the quarter finals then the semi-final and the finals.

  1. The ranking in each group will be determined accordingly.

Article 18 Trophy, Awards and Medals

  1. Whoever the honour is bestowed shall present the Trophy to the eventual winner of the event.

  1. Medals will be presented to each of the top three school Teams of the Tournament, i.e., gold medals to the winners, silver medals to the runners-up and bronze to the third-ranked Team.

  1. One medal will be presented to each of the referees who take charge of the play-off for third place and the final.

  1. At the end of the Tournament the following special awards will be presented:

  1. Fair Play Trophy

Goes to the Team with the least number of bookings in the Tournament

  1. Golden Shoe

The Golden Shoe will be awarded to the Player that scores the most number of goals in the Competition. If two or more players score the same number of goals, the number of assists will be decisive.

  1. Golden Ball

The Golden Ball will be awarded to the best player in the Tournament on the basis of a vote taken amongst selected observers of the final phase of the competition.

  1. There are no official awards other than those listed above unless otherwise decided by the Channels Kids Cup Organizing Committee.

Article 19 Prize Money

To be determined by the Organizing committee.

  1. FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 20 Special Circumstances

The Organizing Committee shall issue any instructions necessitated by special circumstances that may arise during the course of the event. These instructions shall form an integral part of these regulations.

Article 21 Matters Not Provided For

Any matters not provided for in these regulations and any cases of force majeure shall be decided by the Organizing Committee. All decisions shall be final and binding and not subject to appeal.

Article 22 Copyright

The copyright of the fixture lists drawn up in accordance with the provisions of these regulations is the property of the Organizing committee.

Article 23 No Waiver

Any waiver by Organizing committee of any breach of these regulations (including of any document referred to in these regulations) will not operate as, or be construed to be, a waiver of any breach of such provision or of any breach of any other provision or a waiver of any right arising out of these regulations or any other document. Any such waiver shall only be valid if given in writing. Failure by the LSFA to insist upon strict adherence to any provision of these regulations, or any document referred to in these regulations, on one or more occasions will not be considered to be a waiver of, or deprive the LSFA of the right to subsequently insist upon adherence to that provision or any other provision of these regulations, or any document referred to in these regulations.

Article 24 Enforcement

These regulations have been approved by the Organizing committee and come into force immediately.

Nigeria Football Federation Appeals Jos Court Ruling

Nigeria Football Federation The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation has promptly filed for appeal against the ruling of the Federal High Court, Jos Judicial Division, which annulled the NFF Elective Congress of September 30, 2014.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa had given the order annulling the elections despite a Preliminary Objection filed by the NFF challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.

NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, said: “We have been notified of the ruling of the court, which was made in spite of our filing for a Preliminary Objection concerning the jurisdiction of the court.

“However, our lawyers have gone to work immediately the order was made. We are appealing the ruling and also filing for Stay of Execution of the order.”