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NFF Meet Over Women’s Football

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has commended the efforts of some State governors and owners of women football clubs in the country for their commitment in sponsoring the various clubs participating in the Women Professional League and Challenge Cup competitions.

NFF President, Sani Lulu Abdullahi made the commendation at a meeting the football governing body convened with chairmen of Women Professional Clubs in Abuja during the week.

He told the women football stakeholders that the Executive Committee of the NFF appreciates the roles of Clubs Chairmen for ensuring that the clubs are funded, despite several odds, thereby putting smiles on the faces of young girls and coaches who have committed to the game.

Alhaji Lulu Abdullahi explained that the NFF on its part is making frantic efforts to see that corporate bodies and organisations come into women’s football sponsorship, and urged the chairmen and other stakeholders to be steadfast in ensuring the successful completion of the coming League season.

NFF Board member and Chairperson of the Women League Committee, Princess Bola Jegede also tabled the desire of the stakeholders to participate in continental championship.

The meeting welcomed the idea, saying that it will expose the players. The meeting resolved to concentrate on achieving set targets such as consistency in the management and operations of their clubs, before focusing on continental challenges.

Another thorny issue which the women football administrator addressed was whether or not the league should be abridged or straight.

After exhaustive debates, they endorsed the decision of the last NFF Congress in Lokoja, Kogi State which favoured the abridged league.

The meeting attracted all the chairmen of Women Professional Clubs (except Bayelsa Queens) and members of the NFF Women Committee, as well as the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Youths and Sport, John Harry.

Women Football Clubs represented at the meeting include Nasarawa Amazons, Pelican Stars, Ibom Angels, Adamawa Queens, Inneh Queens, Kogi Confluence, Makwada Queens, FCT Queens, Pellican Stars Feeders, Ucon Babes, Delta Queens, Tokas Queens, Nito Queens, Oyinlola Queens, Rivers Angels, FC Robo, Tewo Babes, Oguche Babes and Police Machine.

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NFF Bans Visitors In S’Eagles Camp

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned anybody without genuine business with the Super Eagles to stay away from the team’s Eko Hotel camp.
The Super Eagles are camped in Eko Hotel ahead of the first of two Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against Central African Republic (CAR). The Eagles will meet CAR in Lagos tomorrow and face the same team again on October 10 in Douala, Cameroun.
Victory in both matches will give Nigeria an unassailable lead in Group C of the World Cup African qualifying series.
As at yesterday evening, only four players were in the camp, but officials of the team told Tidesports source that they expected the number to swell to 20 later yesterday.
The players already in the camp are Russia-based Chidera Ejuke, Chidozie Awaziem, who plays in Portugal, Germany-based Jamilu Collins and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, who flew in from his South Africa base.
Coach Gernot Rohr and his assistants, as well as the back up staff are also in the camp.
The team is expected to take their preparation to the Teslim Balogun Stadium today following the expected arrival of 16 more players last night.
A Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official, who pleaded anonymity, told Tidesports source yesterday that the federation has directed that anybody without an official business in the Eagles’ camp should not be allowed near the venue.
He said, “We want to ensure the players are not distracted from their main mission in the camp.
“We know some people will want to see the players, but this is not the time for that. We are here for serious business.”
The federation at the weekend drafted Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, into the Eagles team as a late replacement for
Terrem Moffi, who has been ruled out by injury.
Apart from Moffi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi have all withdrawn from the games due to injuries.
Meanwhile, the NFF is still awaiting CAF’s decision on the stipulated number of fans to be allowed in the stands to watch the Group C game.
The federation explained, “due to the existing Covid-19 protocol, capacity of a stadium no longer decides the level of attendance. Only CAF can decide the number of fans to allow into any home game.
“We are however waiting for CAF’s decision even though it is almost certain now that match tickets may not be available to the public.”

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Ajunwa Set To Launch Sports Centre In Lagos

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Nigeria’s Olympics golden girl, Chioma Ajunwa, is planning big and she has concluded arrangements to drag the likes of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare to Lagos this week.
Ajunwa, a top police officer, plans to launch a sports development centre where the nation’s future stars would be nurtured to stardom.
According to Prince Henry Amike, who is heading the planning committee, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu ((Lagos), Hope Uzodinma (Imo) and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare top the list of high profile dignitaries that would grace the launch billed for the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Friday.
Amike disclosed that Mrs Josephine Anenih would play the role of Mother of the Day, while Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla 111), the Elegushi of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom would be the Royal Father of the day.

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Beach Soccer: Nigerian  Among World Top 100 Players

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A beach soccer player with the Kebbi State Beach Soccer Club, Emeka Hego-Ogbonna, has been named among the top 100 players in the world by FIFA, the world football governing body, an official has disclosed.
President, African Beach Soccer Union, Mahmud-Hadejia, confirmed this on the sidelines of the ongoing second season of the Kebbi State Beach Soccer League 2021/2022 edition, holding in Birnin Kebbi, with 10 clubs vying for the trophy.
Hego-Ogbonna, also a Nigerian beach soccer international with the Super Sand Eagles, was the highest goal scorer at the 2019 Nigeria Copa Lagos International Tournament, and had won the MVP at the CAF beach soccer African Cup of nations with Nigeria in 2016.
Mahmud-Hadejia said, “Just like the regular football, there are professional beach soccer players across the world.
“My friend from Portugal, who just arrived the country, has worked with one of the Portuguese beach soccer professional players, Rabah Madjer, who was a top beach soccer player in the world. We want to have a lot of Madjers here in Kebbi too.
“Beach soccer, worldwide, under FIFA, recently announced the top 100 beach soccer players in the world and a player from Kebbi Beach Soccer Club, who played and won the National Beach Soccer League, was named among the top 100 Beach Soccer Players in the World.”
He described this as a big achievement for Kebbi, advising that sustainable efforts be made by all stakeholders, from the state government to private firms like WACOT Rice, BAM Projects and Cosgrove Investments, which had shown interest and commitment to developing the game, to produce more of such players.

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