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Lulu, Ogunjobi, 10 Others Seek NFF Re-Election

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Twelve members of the current Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are among 26 prospective candidates who have collected forms for the federation’s elections in August.

Already, all the 12 members, including NFF President Sani Lulu and first Vice-President Amanze Uchegbulam, have submitted their nomination forms alongside seven other prospective candidates.

The electoral body had on May 28 released guidelines for the polls while the collection of nomination forms began on June 7.

Between June 8 when the first form was purchased, and June 21, the deadline for the purchase, collection and return of forms, 26 prospective candidates picked the forms.

The other NFF Executive Committee members seeking re-election are Taiwo Ogunjobi, Abubakar Ladan, Obinna Ogba, Stephen Gyebgon, Patrick Ekong, Aminu Maigari, Dominic Iorfa, Shehu Adamu, Peter Singabelle and Taiwo Odebunmi.

Out of the 13 members elected into the 15-member committee of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in August 2006, only Princess Bola Jegede was yet to pick a form as at June 21.

The remaining member was Alili Galadima who died last February.

Shehu Adamu, a committee member who has picked a form, was elected onto the committee about a year later.

Also on the list of those who have collected nomination forms and returned them are Felix Anyansi-Agwu, Chairman of Enyimba International FC of Aba, and Chief Effiong Johnson, the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Football Association.

Others are Suleyman Muazu, Chris Green and Babagana Kalli who were elected at the December 2005 elections of the then NFA in Kano but whose mandate was withdrawn by the congress in May 2006.

The rest are Sharif Inuwa and Al-Kassim Makoda, both from Kano State, while the likes of Aisha Falode and Ayo Omidiran, a former NFA board member, are among the seven yet to return their forms as at the initial deadline.

Meanwhile, the 2010 NFF Electoral Committee has decided to extend the return of forms by two weeks, ending by 6 p.m. on July 5, “in the spirit of fairness, equity and clear conscience’’.

Mr Abdulhakeem Mustapha, Chairman of the Electoral Committee, who disclosed this in Abuja while giving a mid-term update on the Aug. 21 polls, said the extension would give other Nigerians the chance to participate.

“We have done this in view of the fact that this is a World Cup year.

“It is in line with our vow to Nigerians that we will provide an equal playing ground for all interested candidates in this election.

“We are aware that some candidates complained that they were unable to get members of the NFF that would endorse their forms.

“Now, we believe that two weeks is a reasonable period for any serious person to get appropriate nomination and endorsement,’’ Mustapha said.

The Electoral Committee Chairman said his committee had critically examined the guidelines of the NFF Electoral Code to ensure there was no violation, before arriving at the decision.

He, however, said that those who collected their forms before June 21 remain eligible to still return their forms on or before 6 p.m. on July 5 to the committee’s secretariat.

The committee is expected to make public on July 12 the names of qualified candidates for the elections.

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CAF Mulls Super League Idea

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The Confederation of African Football [CAF] is discussing the idea of introducing an African Super League, a continental competition which would likely replace the current CAF Champions League and hopefully boost revenue for the organising body.
The revelation was made as CAF President Patrice Motsepe issued a statement outlining the changes and reforms the new leadership is making to ensure African football is globally competitive and self-sustaining.
The idea has taken shape even despite the disastrous European Super League [ESL] proposal earlier this year, which caused major controversy before being banned after most founding member clubs bowed to fan pressure and pulled out.
“ExCo [the CAF executive committee] may have to discuss and consider new CAF competitions which may generate additional funding or income for CAF, its member associations and bodies and also contribute to African football becoming globally competitive and self-sustaining,” Motsepe was quoted as saying by Tidesports source.
“In this regard, we are assessing and [are] in preliminary discussions to start an inclusive and broadly supported and beneficial CAF African Super League. We have been following the attempts by some top European clubs to form a Euro Super League and will learn from their experience and pitfalls.”
CAF is looking to boost income after recent forensic auditing revealed that the organisation has been beset by financial irregularities.

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NPFL: Rivers United’s Coach Praises Players

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The Chief Coach of Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt, Ndubuisi Nduka, has praised his players after a 1-0 win over Katsina United FC in the match day 28 of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL) in Port Harcourt.
He stated that his boys (players) gave all their best  to ensure they secured the maximum three points for the team, and described the encounter as very tough. 
Nduka, said this on Sunday, during a post match interview with sports journalists, after the Pride of Rivers, defeated their opponents  1-0, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
According to him, what made the match more difficult for his players was that they failed to utilise goal opportunities they created in the first half of the game.
The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute by home boy, Malachi Ohawume, who made his goals four for this league season.
“It was a tough game; I think our boys gave it all.
What made it more difficult for us was the chances we lost especially in the first half, “ Nduka said.
He explained that the second round of the league is always difficult because every team is fighting to be at top and some are fighting not to be relegated.
“At this point and time of the league, the second round, we are stretching to the finishing point.
“It is always difficult and if you remember the position of Katsina United, they are not safe so they are looking for where to pick points, so I gave kudos to my boys as they secured three points for us, “ he stated. 
Rivers United is now 4th on the log after 28 matches with 48 points.

By:  Kiadum Edookor

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Hockey Championship: Team Rivers’ Performance Excites Coach

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The Head coach of Team Rivers State, (female) hockey, Comfort Nya, has commended her players after they defeated team Edo, 3-1 in the ongoing, 2021 Mabisel National Hockey Championship (MNHC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 
She, described the match as one of the toughest games they have played, saying that the calibre of players she saw in the team Edo lineup was intimidating.
Nya said this on Monday in her post match interview with sports journalists, after their first victory in the championship, at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports in Port Harcourt. 
According to her, their first game in the championship was difficult because of the heavy downpour, adding that they could not play well but today they are awesome.
“It was a tough one, honestly speaking I would not tell lies, and the players I saw in team Edo lineup are old and good players and my girls are just upcoming.
“I was thinking of draw or let them just play but with this result I am so happy with their performance, “Nya said. 
The coach further explained that their next outing will be against team Kaduna, they are going to do more better.
“Our first game was disturbed by heavy rainfall, they could not play well but today they have performed well.
“In our next game against team Kaduna, we are going to do better,” She stated..

By: Kiadum Edookor

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