Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has again adjourned the contempt suit brought by the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) against the Nigerian Football Association (NFA).
Abang adjourned the case on Tuesday after the counsel to the NANF, Belo Aikhoje, asked for time to respond to the motion by the NFA challenging the re-listing of the case.
Aikhoje had urged the court to disregard the motion by NFA challenging the re-listing of the matter.
He said that it was a motion for committal of NFA officials and should be heard first even if the NANF had not responded to the NFA’s motion challenging the re-listing.
He acknowledged that NANF did not respond to the motion within the stipulated time but said that the process was ongoing at the Registry.
The counsel to NFA, Dr Joseph Nwobike (SAN), had filed a motion challenging the re-listing of the case the NANF discontinued on October 25, 2010.
Nwobike said the court should not hear the counter motion filed by NANF because his motion challenging the re-listing of the suit had not been heard by the court.
Following the arguments, the judge intervened with the order in which the motions would be heard.
Abang ruled that the court would first entertain the motion by the NFA because NANF did not respond to the motion on notice within the stipulated time.
Following the development, Aikhoje asked for an adjournment to enable him prepare a response to the motion challenging the re-listing of the matter.
The counsel to NFA did not oppose the adjournment sought by Aikhoje and both parties agreed on April 5 for the next hearing of the matter.
It will be recalled that NANF went to court on August 2 seeking to stop the NFA elections initially slated for August 21 from holding and secured a court injunction to that effect on August 20 from Abang.
But the NFA disregarded the court order and fixed the elections for August 26.
However, NANF went back to the Federal High Court presided over by Justice Mohammed Idris on August 24 to stop the August 26 elections from holding.
Idris also gave an order stopping the elections from holding but the NFA went ahead in defiance of the injunctions to hold the elections.
On September 6, Abang nullified the August 26 elections and charged the NFA officials with contempt.
It will be recalled that the matter was discontinued on October 25 after FIFA banned the country from all international competitions but was relisted on January 7 by NANF.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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