Pinnick re-elected for NFF Presidential post

Thursday, 20 September 2018 15:01


Incumbent president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, made history on Thursday, after getting re-elected for another term in office.


Pinnick, whose first tenure in charge of the federation was marred by crisis over the authenticity of the election that brought him, saw off competition from former NFF president Aminu Maigari, former Nigeria defender Taiwo Ogunjobi and Chinedu Okoye, chairman of amateur league club Bimo FC in the election in Katsina.


Pinnick becomes the first person to win a second consecutive four-year term as President of the NFF after getting 34 votes from a total of 44, while Maigari had eight votes, Ogunjobi had two, and Okoye had none.


FIFA representatives, Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege were among football chiefs who witnessed the election, and 45-year-old Pinnick will remain in office until 2022.





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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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Salisu Yusuf, the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in a video released by BBC Africa Eye was caught on camera receiving a handful of cash.

The video, dated back to September 2017 was said to have been handed over to Africa Eye by Anas Aremayaw Anas, a Ghanaian journalist said to be on a mission to reveal loads of African football administrators receiving illegal cash inducement.

Anas, investigative works recently led to the collapse of the Ghanaian FA – with the President and former CAF Vice President Kwesi Nyantakyi caught on camera receiving money, though he denied any claim of wrong doings.

The wrought of Anas investigative works this time fell on no other person than one of the most respected coaches in Nigerian football – Salisu Yussuf.


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Salisu, who is said to be earning three million Naira ($8,333), in the video was caught receiving N360,000 ($1000) from undercover journalists.

(Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles Technical Adviser alongside Salisu Yussuf at the Russia 2018 World Cup)


According to the FIFA and NFF code of ethics, officials are to detach themselves from activities that give rise to suspicion or collect any cash gifts.

In the video, Anas’ reporters were pretending to be football agents and wanted Salisu, who led the CHAN Eagles to a second place finish at the 2018 CHAN tournament to pick two of their players for the then upcoming CHAN tournament.

After Salisu had taken the N360, 000, he agreed with the said agents on collecting 15% of any transfer for those players, and also assuring the agents that the two unnamed players would be in CHAN.

(Salisu Yussuf at the 2018 African Cup of Nation (CHAN) in Morocco)

According to Africa Eye, the two players were eventually selected for CHAN, but no further money was requested or given to Yusuf.

Africa Eye suggested that it could not be all true to say that the money Salisu collected influenced his player selection.

Meanwhile, in a statement to the BBC, Salisu has denied any wrongdoing.

Salisu told BBC, “In any case, I did accept $750 (N270, 000) handed to me by one of the two agents to the two Nigerian players only as a gift of trivial and symbolic value not as an inducement to play the two players represented by the two agents, as Anas Aremayaw Anas and Tiger Eye would want you to believe.”

With the allegations levelled against him, the 56-year-old in a couple of days should know what the future looks like for him in the hands of his employer - NFF.

Salisu has in the past served as Head Coach for the likes of Nassarawa, United, Kano Pillars, Enyimba and El-Kanemi Warriors.

He has also served as assistant coach for the Super Eagles under Samson Siasia and Stephen Keshi (Late), before being appointed as the Head Coach of the team in 2016.

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The Super Eagles captain has claimed Nigeria would have won the World Cup if not for indiscipline and lack of organisation.

Speaking to Guardian, the former Chelsea man explained how indiscipline has been a cancer in the National team for years.

Though he was ruled out of the 2010 World Cup due to injury, Mikel revealed indiscipline exhibited by the players that represented the country at the World Cup almost led to Goodluck Jonathan, the then President of Nigeria suspending the National team for two years.

“There were massive problems in the camp and that’s why the president got upset,” Mikel told Guardian.

“He {Goodluck Jonathan} said: ‘Until you guys fix yourselves up, that’s it. No more.’ The public were upset but they were in support of it because they also wanted whatever was going on to stop. We couldn’t keep going to tournaments and making a mockery of ourselves.”

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Four years later in Brazil, the story was not much different as to what happened in South Africa.

Making it pass the group stage behind Argentina, the Super Eagles were knocked out by France in the Round 16.

Prior to the game, reports had it that the players refused to train and threatened to boycott the Round 16 tie game against France over payment dispute between the Nigeria Football Federation and the players.

He explained, “There were a lot of problems in the camp which a lot of people didn’t see, the media didn’t see – we kind of hid it under the table.

“The relationships between the players were not good and there was no discipline. There was no good feeling, no good vibe.

“It almost got to people being pinned up against dressing-room walls, although not quite. It was confrontation and arguments. Players wanted to do their own thing and they didn’t think about the team.”

Mikel, who is the longest serving member of the national tea, and who has been saddled with the responsibility of leading Nigeria to her sixth World Cup, claimed that tides have changed under Gernot Rohr – “saying I haven’t seen this discipline before.”

The former Chelsea man said players were united and himself and the coach had warned anyone who is not ready to play as a team to leave the camp. 

 “The coach and myself, as captain, have tried to make these young players realise that we are a team, not individuals. If you don’t want to play together, you are welcome to leave. It’s amazing now to go to camp. You can feel the good feelings.

“I have been in the national team since 2005 and I haven’t seen this discipline before.

"It is meetings, being on time, the training. Sometimes a player has the hump because he knows he is not going to make the team and, before in the national team, he just strolls around. Now, you have to train properly. If you don’t, you are leaving the camp. The coach has changed the whole mentality,” Mikel added.

Nigeria will kick start there World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 16 before locking horns later on with Iceland and Argentina respectively



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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 “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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The Federation of International football Association (FIFA) has sanctioned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for fielding ineligible player in the World Cup qualifier against Algeria last month.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November 2017.

In one of the recent latest decisions of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFA has awarded the November 10 World Cup qualifier which ended 1-1 between Nigeria and Algeria in favour of Algeria.

The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000 about N2,177,280.

The sanction relates to the player Abdullahi Shehu failing to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition.A

Abdullahiwas booked in the previous game against Zambia on November 2017 - adding to his earlier booking against Swaziland in the preliminary qualifier in November 2015 -- and should have been suspended against Algeria, but the NFF failed to pick up on it and coach Gernot Rohr field the player for 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, the sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria eliminated) before the match took place.

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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.”

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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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