Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has given West African giants, Nigeria and Ghana seven days to settle their ongoing Federation brouhaha or risk a ban.

The world football governing body in a media statement, on Tuesday announced the decisions of Bureau of FIFA Council in relation to government influence in the affairs of both federations.

With Nigeria Female U-20 team currently participating at the ongoing Women’s U-20 World Cup, FIFA in the statement, said even if its hammer fall on the NFF, the team would be allowed to continue in the tournament.

The statement reads: “In line with art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on 30 September 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1i) and art. 19 as well as art 14 par 1a) of the FIFA statutes.

“The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.

“Furthermore, the Bureau decided that if the suspension of the NFF takes effect, the Nigerian team currently competing in the FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup France 2018 will still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament on an exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway.

“In Ghana, it is noted that formal investigation proceedings are currently being carried out by the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee against Mr. Nyantakyi, who has been provisionally suspended by a decision taken by the Chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee. However, the Bureau of Council considers that the petition introduced by the Attorney General to High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA contravention of art. 14 par. 1i) and art 19 par. 1 of the FIFA statutes.

“Under these circumstances the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 27 2018 at 12:00 (CET), the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted once the above mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof.

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The embattled Nigeria Football Federation president yesterday, was appointed the first Vice President of the African football governing body.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had on Monday ordered Amaju Pinnick and his board to vacate their office.

The order was said to be in respect to a ruling by the Supreme Court, the apex court in Nigeria.

Pinnick, who after the court ruling on Monday was appointed FIFA match commissioner for the game between Sweden and Switzerland on Tuesday, yesterday, was announced as CAF’s first Vice President.

According to the CAF’s scribe, Amaju’s promotion was needed as a result of the resignation of Kwesi Nyantakyi , the first Vice President and former Ghana Football Federation President, who has been banned by FIFA, while under investigation for taking cash gift in a Ghanaian undercover media sting.

The letter of Pinnick’s appointment as the new CAF first Vice President was signed by the CAF’s Secretary General, Amr Fahmy.

The letter which dated July 5, 2018, read thus: “Following the resignation of the 1st Vice President, Mr Kwesi Nyantaky, CAF President after consulting the members of the emergency committee, appointed Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick as 1st Vice President.

“This decision is immediately applicable in accordance with article 27 para 2 of the statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 and 28 September 2018.

“We thank you for taking note.”

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Football is no longer a game but an asset that keeps the economy together, says Shehu Dikko.

The League Management Company {LMC} Chairman made the statement at the lunching of the book titled “The History of Football in Nigeria,” authored by Wiebe Boer, which held at the Lagos Freedom Park, Victoria Island.

Dikko, who was saddled to give a football remarks at the event said we got so many things wrong in the past, which are now telling on how present day football.

According to him, Nigeria must fashioned her football along the line the path the UK is towing.

The LMC Chairman said, “We’ve lost the history and we did so many things wrongs before that’s why we are here.

“If in those days, the Abiola babes, the 3sc, the Stationary Stores have put the structure – put a sustainable structure in place, where there will be an institution, not just individual clubs, today there will be clubs, there will be things that will be moving our countries, and we’ll be counting the number of jobs that football will be putting on the table and what have you.”

He continued, “All the issues we have in our football today, they had it over there {UK} as well.

“But today, because football is more important in the UK for example the prime minister has to meet monthly with the head of football authorities to discuss – ‘is there any issue to be sorted? What is the issue? What can we do to make sure the system continues to work?’ because football is no longer a game today it’s an economy. It is something that is keeping their economy together.

“That is the focus we need to change our football in this country.”

Dikko, who charged all law makers to put all the relevant law in place to aid the development of football in the country added, “there is a bill now in the national assembly that is ongoing, where football is being now recognized as a national asset.”


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With the Super Eagles B team putting up a solid performance in a friendly game against Europa League Champions Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Amaju Pinnick has assured Nigerians that the country has a ready-made team for the 2022 and 2026 World Cup.

The second string team of the Super Eagles lost 3-2 to the star studded Atletico side that had Fernando Torres, Gabi, Jan Oblak, amongst others.

Pinnick said the Eagles’ performance was an indication that Nigeria has ‘a solid youth team that is capable of taking over from the squad going to the World Cup next month.’

The NFF President, who sounded fulfilled added that the performance also showcased that his administration has been able to fulfil a sustainable football culture they promised Nigerians.

 “Looking at the team that just played Atletico Madrid, it gladdens my heart to see that after Russia, we certainly have the players that will also do us proud in 2022 and even 2026,” Pinnick, as quoted by the NFF official website.

He added, “I am very happy because our big mission statement on assuming office was to build a sustainable football culture for Nigeria.

“From what we have seen today, our future at the senior national team level is secured. And given what we are doing at the youth level, with our U13 and U15 programs, it means that the supply chain is strong enough to sustain even the junior teams, from where the senior players will emerge.”

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The Super Eagles main team have opened training camp for the World Cup billed for next month. The team will be playing Congo DR in a friendly match on May 28 before locking horns with the Three Lions of England in a friendly in Wembley four days later.

The 2013 African Champions will kick start their World Cup campaign against Croatia on 16th of June before going up later against Iceland and Argentina respectively.


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Adult fans to pay £18 while Junior fans are to pay £10

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF )has confirmed that fans will pay between £10 to £18 for the friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Serbian national team billed for March 27 of this year.

The friendly match has been scheduled to take place in London, but a specific venue has not been announced yet

According to a tweet on the NFF verified Twitter account, tickets for adults will go for £18 (around 9,200) while that of the juniors will go for £10 (around 5,200).

The tweet read, “The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup continues: join the @NG Super Eagles in London on March 27th for the game against Serbian National team. Tickets start from £18 for adults and £10 for juniors.#SoarSuperEagles #NGASRB.”

Spotkick reported that the 2013 African champion will also lock horns with the three Lions of England in a friendly match scheduled for June 2. 

The friendly game against the Gareth Southgate led boys was reported to be the last of the friendly games the NFF has set aside to prepare the Super Eagles for the World Cup, where they will meet the trio of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in the group stage.

Other friendly games lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup are against Poland, DR Congo and Czech Republic.


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NFF confirms Super Eagles, England friendly

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 18:54

Eagles to face England at Wembley on June 2

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF ) has confirmed that the Super Eagles will lock horns with the Three Lions of England at the Wembley Stadium on June 2 of this year.

The match will be the last of the four friendly matches the NFF had set aside to prepare the team for the World Cup.

The two sides have met three times in the past - with a win a piece and a draw for the two sides.

NFF 1st Vice President on the NFF official website confirmed the meeting between the two sides (Nigeria and England).

Akinwunmi told thenff.com: “Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities.

“We have other matches and programs for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps.”

Akinwunmi added that the choice of England was as a result of the NFF trying to be strategic to get the best preparation for the three-time African Champions.

“We decided to be strategic in our choice of opponents for the Super Eagles leading to the World Cup, and in total agreement with the preferences of the Technical Adviser.That is why we opted for England. We played Argentina (in November 2017) without even knowing we were going to be in the same group at the Finals,” He added.


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Meanwhile, The Technical Adviser of the team, Gernot Rohr has revealed that England would give the Eagles a good test.

The Franco-German said the game would be a good conduit to test the Eagles for the World Cup.

“This is good news for myself and the entire team,” Rohr said.

“England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match. We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley.”

The Super Eagles will also face Poland on the 23rd of March

Also 27th of March and 27th of May had been slated for friendly matches with countries, whose identities had not been disclosed by the NFF.




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The thread of money missing at the glass house of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as taking mysterious form this time around - as a female intern has been alleged to have carted away $40,000 from the NFF office with the intention of returning it.

The money was said to have gotten missing in November of this year.

According to 90minutesgoal, the young lady, whose name was not mentioned was said to be a sister to a former NFF president.

It was gathered the lady took the money with the intention of doubling it via Voodoo.

According to 90minutesGoal, the lady who allegedly carted away the money collected four bundles of $10,000 and handed the money to two men that promised her of doubling it to $80,000.

A top source at the NFF has revealed that two men connected to the crime had been arrested by the Police.

“Yes two middle aged men have been arrested in connection to the money,” a source, as quoted by 90minutesGoal.

“The men confessed to the police of being money doublers and confirmed that the lady actually gave them money to double for her.”

It could be recalled that in March 2009, the accounts department of the NFF was broken into, and $200,000 was carted away.

Also in 2012, money worth to be in the region of $80,000 was reported to have got missing, but the NFF denied anything like that.

Similarly in 2014, a fire gutted the NFF glass house and burnt the accounting office without recognition.

According to reports, the accountant refused to call the fire service in time.



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NFF and Mikel Disagree over Bonus Proposal

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:48

Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, led by team captain, John Mikel Obi have rejected NFF’s bonus proposal  aimed at seeing players rewarded based on minutes played during World Cup qualifiers.

According to SCORENigeria, the players rejected the offer as they felt the ‘pay based on minutes played’ proposal isn't good for team unity.

Also, the source, according to SCORENigeria, said Mikel and the players turned down the proposal as some players who got a call up(s) but didn’t get to play any minute will miss out from the $3m available for the Super Eagles’ players.

Instead of the ‘pay-per-minute,’ the players have rather agreed on $3m qualifying bonus price which will be shared amongst the players according to their appearances and call-ups.

The source, as quoted by The Nation said: “Mikel and the rest of the team out rightly booted out in a proposal brought forward by one of the NFF Vice Presidents that they should now be paid the bonus by the number of the minutes they played in the qualifiers.

“That would have meant some of the players who were called up but never get to play will not benefit from the bonus.”

“To be paid according to playing time will bring desperation in the team, desperation in the team, against team spirit and the players rejected this.”

Players to Get $15,000 for a Win in Russia

The Nigeria Football Federation had been reported to have decided that $15, 000 will be pocketed by the players as win bonus in the group stage of next year’s World Cup in Russia.

Reports had it that the players won’t receive any bonus for a draw or loss. But sources said the NFF were working on a formula to compensate the players for a draw or loss.




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