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‘NPL To Conduct Championship Election Soon’

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The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Board has said that its electoral committee would soon conduct fresh elections as directed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

A Federal High Court had on August 2, ordered the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to conduct fresh elections into two NPL board positions.

The positions are those of the chairman and the chairman of Club Chairmen, whose elections are to hold within 30 days and not later than 45 days of the judgment

Justice Gabriel Kolawole had given the order in a suit filed by Mr Davidson Owumi, erstwhile chairman of the board.

Owumi had prayed the court to order the NFA to declare him winner of the May 8, 2010 NPL elections, after the association had ordered his removal in December 2010 during its congress in Uyo.

He had also sought the court’s order to declare that the arbitration panel chaired by Prof. Akin Ibidapo-Obe was not legally constituted and therefore lacked powers to remove him from office.

Consequently, the NFA last week directed the NPL to act in line with the court’s order.

The Chairman of NPL’s Media and Publicity Committee, Mr Akin Akinbobola, said the board decided to act in line with both the court’s order and NFA’s directive.

Akinbobola, who briefed newsmen at the end of the board meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, said the league body had directed its secretariat to send NFA’s letter to the Electoral Committee.

“We decided to forward the NFA letter to the Electoral Committee asking for the elections to be held as ruled by the Federal High Court, for action, and we expect the committee to swing into action very soon,’’ he said.

The NPL board spokesman said both the Electoral Committee headed by Mr Tony Rafua and the Appeals Committee headed by Barr. Isaac Danladi,would stand as earlier constituted by the NPL board in 2010.

It will be recalled that the members of the electoral committee were, Rafua, My Tony Ogola, Alhaji Muazu Suleiman, Prince Oladimeji Thompson, Malam Awalu Baba-Jada, Mr Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Mr Alhassan Yakmut.

Both Suleiman and Anyansi-Agwu are now NFA board members.

Yakmut, who was its Secretary, and then the NPL Executive Secretary on secondment from the National Sports Commission (NSC), has returned to the commission.

The Appeals Committee has Danladi, Suleiman David and Uzor Paul as members.

Akinbobola, who is also NPL board member, said the league body had no reason to tamper with the constitution of both the electoral and appeals committees.

“The committees are returning to their duties as they are like standing committees, and we have no reason to effect any change,’’ he said.

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‘Super Eagles Coach Lacks Class’

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Former Nigeria international, Victor Ezeji, has slammed Gernot Rohr, describing the German as a coach who has not improved the Super Eagles, with reference to their style of play and talent management.
Rohr recently helped the three-time African champions qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after their third-place finish at the 2019 tournament in Egypt.
Despite the team’s success, the former Enyimba striker said the tactician, who has been at the helm since 2016, has not impacted the Super Eagles with a particular style of football and he lacks the class to co-ordinate the players.
Ezeji expressed his frustration after Rohr’s men failed to score a goal in their twin friendlies against Cameroon. They suffered a 1-0 loss against the Indomitable Lions last Friday before playing out a goalless draw on Tuesday.
“I have never been a fan of Gernot Rohr but the truth is, sometimes it is not even about the result and sometimes, your team can play very well and lose, people could say they lost and there is prospect for the team,” Ezeji told news men.
“But in the case of this Gernot Rohr’s team, they are not playing very well and they are not winning; so, people will definitely complain. We have known our Super Eagles to have flair when playing, but that has not happened under him, whichever way he wins his game.
“There is no flair in their game, I think he is done with the team if you ask me because he is not showing anything, no class. We’ve got the players but I think what we lack is who co-ordinates them.”
Last year May, Rohr agreed on a two-and-half-year contract extension to remain as Super Eagles coach with the target of guiding the country to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar and also win the 2022 Afcon.
Ezeji argued that the former Bordeaux manager has not been a success in Nigeria and he recalled how indigenous coaches Christian Chukwu also led the country to a third-place at 2004 Afcon before Stephen Keshi’s side triumphed at the 2013 edition in South Africa.
“I don’t know what his contract with the NFF looks like but personally, I don’t think he has achieved anything because even our indigenous coaches got to third at Afcon and we became the continent’s champions,” he continued.
“In his own case, third-place is not enough at all with the kind of personnel and abundant of talents we have in Nigeria presently, he should do better. As I stated earlier, it is not about winning the cup but it is about playing good football and there are ways you do that.
“Remember Imama’s [Amapakabo] U23 boys’ game against Libya in Asaba [U23 Afcon qualifier in March 2019], we needed three goals to go through but after the first-half, everybody was like even if they did not get through we are satisfied with their performance but the boys got the result and advanced.
“We need to start seeing that kind of performance in our Super Eagles, nobody has any confidence now that even if we play market women they will win. We need to have that confidence in our team and be rest assured of good football against any opponent.”

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350 Golfers Set For IBB Golf Captain’s Tourney

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No fewer than 350 golfers and 50 tennis players will be competing in the inaugural IBB Golf and Country Captain’s Tourney in Abuja.
The tourney which is expected to tee-off from Friday, June 10, to Saturday 11, 2021 at the IBB Golf and Country club which will see professional golfers battle in the Handicap 19 to 36 event while the amateur will clash in the Nest event.
According to the Chairman Organising Committee of the 2021 Inaugural IBB golf Captain’s club, Olabanjo Obaleye said preparations are in top gear to host a successful tournament.
He also noted that the golfers and officials would be in adherence to all the COVID-19 protocol towards ensuring the safety of all Stakeholders.
“This tournament is to usher in the new Executive Members of the IBB golf and Country, which is done after every new executive Member is elected.
“We have gotten some sponsors for the tournament and I can tell you that they would be mouthwatering prizes for the winner and consolation prizes for best loser.
We will also have a dinner on Saturday where the prizes will be presented to the winners.
“Also we have put some modalities in place to ensure the safety of all players and Officials for the tournament.” Olabanjo said.

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HiFL: UNIBEN Royals Tackle UNICAL Malabites

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Pace Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, the organisers of the Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL), has released the draws for the round of 16 games at an event held in Lagos. The games are scheduled to be held between June and September 2021.
In Week 1, AAUA Luminaries will play OAU Giants in Ondo, FUTA Tigers will tackle UNILAG Marines in Akure, LAUTECH Hunters will attempt to hunt down the FUTMINNA Transformers in Ogbomoso while KSU Steelers engages UNILORIN Warriors.
For the week 2 games, Uniben Royals will play defending champion UNICAL Malabites, IAUE Minders will tackle UNN Lions in Port Harcourt, ABU Nobles will confront UAM Tillers in Zaria while BUK Stallions slugs it out with UNIMAID Desert Warriors in Kano.
Speaking at the draws, Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Sola Fijabi acknowledged the efforts of all participating schools and encouraged them to maintain their sportsmanlike conduct as the games go on. “We are now at a very exciting stage of the league. What was witnessed during the qualifiers was the tip of the iceberg. The schools are ready and what we assure lovers of collegiate sports is double excitement. We appreciate the support of NUGA and our sponsors Nivea Men and Minimie for their trust in HiFL and as we deliver value to all our stakeholders,” Fijabi said.

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