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NFF Moves To Escape FIFA Ban

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Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Chairman of the NFA Electoral Committee, Samson Ebohme said he is ready to conduct a better election soon, if the decisions of the Electoral Appeals Committee Chairman were anything to go by.
The NFF Electoral Committee Chairman, Okey Ajunwa, had on December 4 annulled the election of four persons into the NFA board citing abuse of electoral process.
The committee chairman subsequently gave seven days for a bye-election to be conducted for the annulled positions of the September 30 elections held in Warri, Delta.
The election of NFF President Amaju Pinnick and his Vice, Seyi Akinwunmi, as well as the elections of board members Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Rabiu Inua were affected in the annulment.
Ebohme, however, told newsmen that his committee members had a major role to play for the bye-elections to be possible.
He also said that the committee members’ contributions were necessary to ensure hitch free elections.
“I am only one member of the electoral committee and I have to get the input of the other members before coming out with a position on that appeals’ decision.
“This will help us conclude the process as quickly as possible without rancour,” Ebohme said.
He said the experience gathered in the conduct of the NFF board election held in Warri, Delta, was an eye-opener to his committee.
The electoral committee chairman also said that the decisions of the NFF Electoral Appeals Committee which annulled the NFF chairmanship election exposed certain things which his committee should work on.
“The decisions of the appeals committee have given us the reason to be more cautious while conducting election of this magnitude. “That decision and experience must come to bear in the future election; the experience we got in Warri will also be very useful to us,” he said.
According to Ebohme, the appeals decision which orders for a harmonisation of the Aug. 26 and Sept. 30 NFA board elections lists will not be difficult to achieve.
This, he said, was because the candidates had already been screened by his committee and the former committee led by Mr Amoni Biambo.
Ebohme explained that the only problem which could lead to candidate’s disqualification would be a situation where such candidate had an existing football matter in the court within or outside the country.

Obafemi Martins in a happy mood

Obafemi Martins in a happy mood

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Iyalo D King Cup: Obidianso FC Emerges Champions

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Obidianso Street FC of Port Harcourt has emerged winners of this year’s edition of Iyalo D King, 4 Aside football tournaments at the Amanakana football Stadium, Diobu, on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
Speaking with journalists, after the finals match, the Chief sponsor of the competition, Victor Fubara, said the tournament was to sustain the existing peace and unity among the youths in Diobu axis of Port Harcourt.
He noted that there were a lot of talents  in the area which needed help, saying that, with the competition a lot of hidden talents has been discovered and they will be  exposed to the world of football. 
“I want to use this competition to change the narrative about the youths of Diobu in Port Harcourt.
I want to tell you that there is peace and unity among the youths in the area.
You can see joy and happiness on the faces of the people watching the game.
My   main purpose of organizing this tournament is to foster the existing peace and unity, also to pass a massage to the outside world that what they think about Diobu is different, “ Fubara stated.
Fubara who is popularly known as Diayo, revealed that he brought  some scouts to select some good players. 
“I personally just want to do it for them,” he said.
He used the medium to call on the Government to support his agenda and programme in terms of youth empowerment in different areas.  
“My message to the youths is to stop violence and embrace peace,” he stated. 
 At the end of the finals, Obidianso Street FC defeated Awgu Street FC 2-1 on penalty shootout after playing goalless draw in regulation time.

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Kano Pillars To Pay N5m Fine Over Covid-19 Protocol

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Kano Pillars have been charged for breaching the NPFL Framework and Rules, following the infraction in their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna last Sunday.
The Kano club has been charged for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol by admitting and/or permitting spectators and supporters into the venue.
Pillars are also charged for encroachment after their supporters encroached onto the field of play, thereby disrupting the match.
The club is further charged for failing to provide adequate security leading to failure in crowd control and restriction of access by unauthorised persons to restricted areas.
In line with The Nigeria Football Federation directives, Kano Pillars are hereby sanctioned with a fine of N5 million for breaching the Covid-19 Protocol. 
A fine of N2.5 million is also imposed on Kano Pillars for encroachment by their supporters, which led to a discontinuation of the match.
There is also an imposed sanction of a deduction of 3 points, which shall be suspended for the duration of the remainder of the season, subject to good conduct.
The club also faces a venue sanction of being banned from their Kaduna home ground and subsequently moved to another venue if there is a recurring event.
Kano Pillars have been directed to submit a revised security plan within 7 days and ensure they comply strictly with Covid-19 Protocol. All subject to approval by the LMC.
The club, however, has 48 hours from the date of notice to appeal these sanctions.

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Super Falcons Have So Much To Offer – Oshoala

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Asisat Oshoala is proud of Super Falcons’ spirited second-half performance against the Portuguese last Monday.
The African women’s champions came back twice to force the Europeans to a 3-3 draw at their second Group game in the ongoing National 2021 WNT Summer Series at the BBVA Stadium.
Reacting to the result, the Barcelona Femino striker, hailed the fighting spirit and said the team had so much potential.
  I am proud of everyone. We were two goals down and then 3-2 in the 88th minute and we did it. I want to say this is just the beginning.
“We have so much in this team. We don’t even know what we have, people out there kept cheering us when we had the ball because we kept on pushing. That’s the spirit!” she said.
Following the thrilling six-goal match, the Super Falcons will head to Austin yesterday for today’s final match against the United States at the Q2 Stadium as Jamaica and Portugal bid the Summer Series farewell after two games.

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