Nff Electoral Appeals Committee To Meet Nov 11
The NFF Electoral Appeals Committee, constituted at the Extra-Ordinary General Assembly of 20th September, 2014 in Warri, Delta State, will on November 11 and 12 sit on pending appeals from the NFF Executive Committee elections of 30th September in the same city.
Alhaji Muazu Suleyman, a former Member of the NFF Executive Committee, who contested for the post of Vice President alongside Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (eventual winner), High Chief Emeka Inyama and Hon. Shehu Adamu, has appealed against the result.
Barr. Iyke Igbokwe, Vice Chairman of the NFF Disciplinary Committee, is also contesting his defeat in the election of the South –East representative. The contest was among eventual winner Felix Anyansi –Agwu, Barr. Jude Obikwelu and Igbokwe.
The NFF Electoral Appeals Committee is headed by Barr. Okechukwu Ajunwa, with Mr. Dotun Coker and Mallam Sani Mohammed as members. Mr. Victor Nwangwu and Mr. Bala Garba are substitute members. The Secretary is Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
Nigerian Company Chi Ltd Agree Sponsorship Deal With Manchester United
Chi Ltd agree deal with United
English Premiership giants, Manchester United, have signed a deal with with Chi Limited to become the club’s official soft drinks partner in Nigeria.
The multi-year deal allows Chi Limited to use United’s crest and club imagery on their products in Nigeria.
The deal is reportedly worth between 1-2 Million pounds a year, as they continue to boost their income signing lucrative deals with the aid of their global appeal.
Man United boast a huge fan base in Nigeria and paraded their 2008 champions league trophy in Nigeria when they came on tour.
At a colourful ceremony, held at the prestigious Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester UK, the managementof Chi Limited signed the sponsorship deal with at an event attended by leading players of the club like Angel Di Maria, Robin Van Persie, Valencia and Anders Lindegaard.
While signing the agreement at Old Trafford, Chi Limited’s Head of Marketing, Probal Bhattacharya said “As the flagship brand of Chi Ltd, Chivita 100% will feature as the fruit juice of choice for the Manchester United team”.
Describing the partnership as between two of the most cherished brands in Nigeria, he states “as a company, we are proud to partner with such a reputed and successful club like Manchester United whose tradition of excellence is in tandem with ours”
“We are confident that the partnership will further deepen consumer loyalty as well as ensure that millions of passionate soccer fans across Nigeria continue to refresh and rejuvenate themselves with Chivita 100% fruit juice and Chi’s other beverage offerings as they relish every moment of the beautiful game” he adds
Emenike Resumes Training As Fenerbache Prepare To Face Besiktas
Fenerbache striker Emenike
Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike has returned to training on Thursday, as he looks to be in action when Fenerbahce play Besiktas in a Turkey Super League game on Sunday.
The Super Eagles striker limped of his team’s training session on Tuesday, feeling pains in his left groin.
However, a close confidant to the player, has confirmed that it is not too serious and he should train again this week.
“Emenike will resume training on Thursday after he recovered from an injury he sustained at training on Tuesday,” the source said.
“The injury is not as serious as reported as he hopes to be fit for Sunday’s big game against Besiktas.”
Keshi Open To Super Eagles Return As President Jonathan Intervenes In Nff Impasse
Stephen Keshi says he will be open to return as Nigeria coach, if he was asked to do so by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered Keshi be reinstated as the country’s coach after he was earlier sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
When asked if he was aware of the Presidential order on Thursday in Abuja, Keshi told AfricanFootball.com: “Well I am just hearing from you.
“But if the President of my country asked me to return, who am I to refuse.”
‘Big Boss’ is at press time locked in a meeting with the country’s sports minister Tammy Danagogo.
Keshi had earlier refused to comment on speculations he was to return as the country’s coach just weeks after he was eased out with Nigeria in danger of missing out on next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Several top sources have confirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered Keshi be re-instated and given a contract.
This was after his meeting with NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa at the Aso Rock Villa Wednesday night.
“Keshi is back as Nigeria coach and he will be the one to lead the Super Eagles against Congo and South Africa next month,” one of the top sources informed AfricanFootball.com
An official statement is now being expected in this respect.
Meanwhile, according to an official press release by the NFF on Thursday, Shuaibu Amodu has pleaded passionately with the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation to allow Stephen Keshi handle the Super Eagles for the two remaining matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
In a letter dated 27th October, 2014 and addressed to NFF president Amaju Pinnick through the Chairman of NFF Technical Committee, the 56 –year old tactician who was named as new Head Coach penultimate week, said he wanted Keshi reconsidered for the two matches as the time –frame is too short to tinker with the fabric of the squad or start to build a new one altogether.
“Following wide consultations that I have carefully made within the past two weeks since the appointment, and for the sake of professionalism, I want to specially appeal to you to reconsider the matter and allow Stephen Keshi to finish the project that he has started – the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race,” requested Amodu.
“Sir, my opinion also is that the time –frame is too short to start tinkering with the fabric of the team or attempt to build a new team altogether.
“As technical director of the NFF, I am ready and willing to help build a better relationship among Keshi (with whom I have enjoyed good working relationship in the past and who is still very close to me), the players and the NFF technical committee.
“I am assuring you, Mr. President, that I will offer whatever assistance required by Keshi and his crew for the remaining two matches, and also be there to offer advice, suggestions and efforts towards building a stronger Super Eagles team after the qualifying race.”
Nigeria play Congo Brazzaville in Pointe Noire on November 15, before taking on South Africa in Uyo four days later, needing to not only win both matches but defeat Congo by a margin of two goals away, to stand any chance of qualifying for the 2015 finals.
Ex-super Eagles Coach, Onigbinde Confident In The Growth Of Women’s League
African Champions Super Falcons of Nigeria
A former Super Eagles Head Coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, on Thursday said that the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) could be more viable with improved administrative management.
He said in Lagos that the league should build on the successes of the Super Falcons at the just concluded Africa Women’s Championship.
The league needs to consolidate on the successes of the women’s senior team.
But this improvement will only be possible if the administrative issues in the Football Association (FA) are addressed.
The league needs to rise above all adversities and improve on its image.
I believe with improved league, many good things will come.
I appeal to football administrators to focus on the important things that will help us develop our football in various categories.
“With a well managed FA, other things will fall into place,” Onigbinde said.
The Super Falcon won the ninth edition of the AWC in Windhoek, Namibia.
Nigeria Scout Avram Grant For Super Eagles Job
Israeli coach Avram Grant
Nigerian FA wants Israeli coach Avram Grant to manage the team during the Africa Cup of Nations Sky Sports understands.
Former coach Stephen Keshi was sacked on October 16 after a poor run of results.
Grant, who succeeded Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager in 2007 and also managed Portsmouth and West Ham in the Premier League, led BEC Tero to victory in Thailand’s Toyota Cup earlier this month.
During his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, Grant led Chelsea to the Champions League final in 2008 and runner-up spot in the Premier League in the same season.
Chris Giwa Drops Court Case Against Nff As Pinnick-led Regime Returns To Office
Self-styled president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Giwa, has withdrawn his legal suit against the football federation, saving the nation from a FIFA ban.
The NFF had up to noon on Friday, to sort out the crisis in the Glass House or be suspended from every international competition and association until May 2015 at least.
According to reports, Giwa withdrew the case in the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, based on a directive from President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sources claim that Jonathan held a meeting with the Amaji Pinnick-led board on Wednesday night in Abuja and expressed his embarrassment over the crisis that has engulfed the NFF. He ordered Pinnick to reach a compromise with the Giwa faction and look for solutions.
Giwa reportedly gave two conditions for him to withdraw the case. First, he asked for the NFF Committee to be dissolved and reconstituted to accomodate him.
Both sides are believed to have reached some form of agreement and Giwa submitted 10 names to be put on all Boards of the NFF.
The second condition was for Stephen Keshi to be reinstated as Super Eagles coach. Although this suggestion was met wit resistance, the Pinnick-led board eventually conceded.
Siasia Plans To Build Next U-23 National Team Around World Cup Winning U-17 Side
NIgeria U-23 coch Samson Siasia
The newly appointed coach of the U-23 side, Samson Siasia has revealed that he will be building his team around majority of the players that won the 2013 Fifa U-17 World Cup.
According to the former Super Eagles coach, players in the Nigeria Premier League will be given a look in when assembling his side.
“The team will certainly be built around most of the U-17 players that won the last World Cup especially somebody like Kelechi Iheancho,” Siasia told reporters.
“The truth is that the boy is good and has a the heart of a great player, so all we need do is to encourage him to excel.
“Also there will be a good representation of those playing their football here in Nigeria because those ones will be ready at all times to report for national duty but they must have to be quality players who can hold their own against any player from abroad.
“One good thing today is that our league is beginning to attract some quality players who are doing well in their various clubs. Even though such players are at home they are equally good and so must be encouraged by giving them the confidence they need to be at their best,” he concluded.
Siasia will be hoping to the country for the 2015 All Africa Games billed to take place in Brazzaville, Congo.
Npfl Side Sharks Fc Targets Caf Competition Ticket
Nigerian League side Sharks FC
Premier League football side Sharks FC, is adamant that they are still hopeful of getting a continental ticket for this season.
After starting the season on a bright note and leading the pack for some weeks, the Blue Angels made a swooping fall to 10th position on the log.
But the team remains optimistic it will finish at the top four. Sharks FC says it has its eyes on winning their last three games of the 2013/14 league Season.
In a chat with PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, the club’s media officer, Peter Abaje, said the team has not given up on getting a continental ticket insisting that winning their three remaining games even as it sounds difficult is not out-rightly impossible.
“Well, we can make it to the top four, we are still hopeful to grab a continental ticket if we can win our remaining home and away matches, we still have three more matches to play and if we can win away with a doubled effort, I don’t see any reason why we cannot get a ticket,” he said.
As regards the players’ outstanding fees, Mr. Abaje acknowledged that players are yet to be paid. He was, however, quick to state that payment processes has been initiated.
“Yes they are still owing the players their sign-on fees for last year, the management gave two weeks promise which ends yesterday. I believe they will do something today, the players are still training,” he added.
Sharks FC has 52 points in 35 played matches.
Stella Mbachu Calls Time On International Career
Super Falcons and Rivers Angels striker , Stella Mbachu has announced her retirement from football.
Mbachu, who was a member of the Namibia 2014 African Women Championship-winning Super Falcons, said she is calling time on her football career at club and country.
The 36-year-old had first national team appearance and scored the second goal in the Super Falcons’ 2-0 win against Ghana in Abeokuta in the maiden African Women Championship in 1998.
Mbachu, who was named The Most Valuable Player at South Africa 2010 African Women Championship, and had scored 20 goals in 89 appearances for Nigeria, said she is fulfilled after winning lots of laurels for her country and club in her trophy-laden football career.
The former Rivers Angels forward, who is the only remaining member of the Super Falcons that played at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States, also announced plans to venture into coaching as she felt the time is right to take a bow.
- This is complete, I’ve done everything in football both for the national team and in club football. I’m not playing anymore, Mbachu said.
- I just want to rest and give the younger ones the chance. I know they will do it because they are already doing it, she explained.
Swansea City Manager Garry Monk Escape Ban Over Victor Moses Comments
Swansea City manager Garry Monk will face no action over comments made about Nigerian international Victor Moses after a recent clash with Stoke City.
Monk had accused Stoke winger Moses of cheating to win a penalty in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at the Britannia Stadium on 19 October, a remark that drew the ire of opposite number Mark Hughes.
The Football Association (FA) announced in the aftermath that it had contacted Monk in order to ‘seek his observations’ over the comments, but has now drawn a line under the matter according to Swansea.
- The FA has reminded the Swansea manager about his responsibilities regarding media comments, a statement on the club’s website reads.
The Moses incident was a tipping point for Monk, who felt that Swansea had been on the receiving end of a number of poor refereeing decisions since the start of the season.
The 35-year-old is reportedly set to meet referees’ chief Mike Riley on Friday to discuss the matter.
Africa Women Champions Super Falcons To Meet President Novemver 5
Super Falcons of Nigeria
The victorious Super Falcons of Nigeria have been set a November 5 date to be rewarded for their 7th Championship win by the President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The President on Tuesday received the AWC trophy at the Villa from team captain Evelyn Nwabuoku in company of NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Chief Coach Edwin Okon and promised to formally host them November 5.
- I want to welcome you girls from Namibia for doing us proud and winning the trophy for a record seven times
- You have done well and I promise that as a nation we will always celebrate you
- I am only receiving this trophy from you today but I will host you girls on November 5, Mr President stated.