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Ruling On NFF ’ll Re-shape Nigerian Football – NANF

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As some Nigerians continue to have divided opinion on the Supreme Court ruling on the leadership tussle of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), President of the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), Harrison Jala, says the order would go a long way in re-shaping the nation’s soccer system.
An order by the Supreme Court to the warring factions of the NFF to return to the Federal High Court in Jos for the expeditious hearing of their matter has raised dust, with lawyers to both parties singing different tunes. The five-man panel of the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, had unanimously set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Jos, which held that the case could no longer be relisted before the Federal High Court having been earlier with drawn by the appellant, Chris Giwa.
Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Jala said that there was no confusion on the Supreme Court ruling saying: “In my opinion AmajuPinnick was never in office in the eyes of the law. This was sequel to a federal high court order restraining the NFF electoral committee from conducting the purported Warri election through which the Pinnick board emerged.
“The position of the law is clear. Pinnick should no longer parade himself as president of the NFF because his election having been annulled by a court of competent jurisdiction will tantamount to contempt of court.
“I see a brighter future for Nigerian football through this Supreme Court ruling. Pinnick is my brother from the same Delta State, but I will advise him to do the needful by taking a walk. His legal team might be doing everything possible to see that he remains in office, but I want to believe that the hide-and-seek game is up,” Jala stated.
Asked if the Supreme Court ruling could have any negative impact on Super Eagles’ World Cup programmes in Russia, Jala said: “Anybody preaching such gospel is just deceiving Nigerians.

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Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions

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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.

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Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses  – Aikhomogbe

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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.

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Enyimba Players Vow To Support  Finidi

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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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