Connect with us

Sports

‘Football Organisers Do Not Have Powers To Sanction Clubs’

Published

on

The League Management Company, (LMC), organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL; the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL); the Nigeria National League, (NNL), and the Nationwide League One, (NLO), does not have powers to sanction, punish or reprimand clubs participating in their leagues.
Former Nigeria Premier League, NPL and second Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Chief Ramson Baribote, stated this recently.
In an exclusive interview, the chairman of Nembe City Football Club opined that the league organisers lack the statutory powers to sanction, punish or reprimand clubs playing in the various leagues in the country.
Chief Baribote, a legal practitioner, stated this in the wake of a two million naira fine imposed on Naija Ratels Football Club by the Nigeria Women’s Football League NWFL board last week, which has generated wide views on its desirability.
In announcing the heavy sanction, the NWFL board said “In case of Naija Ratels, the letter addressed to the club Chairman, Barrister Edeh, and signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Modupe Shabi, the Women’s league board, stated that: “We kindly refer you to the Match No. 2 between Nasarawa Amazons FC and Naija Ratels FC, scheduled for the 16th May, 2022 in Benin City, Edo State. You will recall that your club failed to wear the Tulcan Energy branded jerseys even though the other participating teams agreed to wear the sponsor’s jersey. This single action by Naija Ratels FC almost brought the game to disrepute and the credibility of the league into question.”
“In view of the above, Naija Ratels FC contravened the NWFL Statutes on Sponsorship, in Articles 7.8, 7.9, 7.10.
And consequent upon these, Article 23.2.2 says:” Any club owner/official that brings the game into disrepute or ridicule the NWFL in public through utterances, misconduct, communication or any form of communication will be sanctioned with the payment of the sum of (N2,000,000) Two million naira, and three months suspension.”
However, Chief Baribote countered the decision of the NWFL board, stating that no league organisers or boards have the right to interpret its own laws, adding that such power is domiciled with the Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee.
“If I comment on this, they will rain insults on me. Where is our football really heading to? I don’t understand. The League Board is likened to that of the police who prepares the case file and take to court for interpretation. They (Police) cannot sentence or impose punishment on anyone based on alleged breaches. Such powers reside with the judiciary in the instant case with the judicial body of the Nigeria Football Federation as clearly stated in Article 64 of the NFF Statutes, The Judicial Bodies;
1.The Disciplinary Committee
2. The Appeals Committee
“So if one is dissatisfied with the verdict of the Disciplinary Committee you can then appeal the verdict/ decision of the Disciplinary Committee to the Appeals Committee,” he said.
When asked about the fact that the LMC has been sanctioning clubs from time immemorial, Chief Baribote said that the fact that the league organisers are flagrantly arrogating to themselves powers they do not have does not make the situation right.
“The law is settled that one cannot be a judge in his own case. The League Board cannot interpret and enforce their Rules/Laws. I stand to be corrected. I once headed the Premier League Board and again these Club Chairmen do they (League Board) accord them the opportunity to appear and defend themselves?
“If the League Board imposes such fines and suspension, what will the Disciplinary Committee do? With what is stated above, it amounts to usurpation of the powers of the judicial bodies of the NFF by the League Boards and such decision cannot stand in the face of this.
“There is separation of powers, the judicial bodies of the NFF cannot organise League Football/ Games and the League Board likewise cannot function as the judicial organ of the NFF. But wetin I sabi sef …” he concluded in pidgin English.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Sports

NFF Election: Former NPFL Boss Lambasts Pinnick

Published

on

A former Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL (now Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL) Mr Rumson Victor Baribote has carpeted embattled Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President, Mr Amaju Pinnick on lack of time and commitment to conduct the federation’s election next two months.
The second tenure of Mr Pinnick terminates on September 20 but the former CAF first Vice President is reportedly reluctant to call for a congress in preparatory for the election.
But Mr Baribote, a legal practitioner, has questioned Pinnick’s alleged “lack of time” posture positing that the system that first brought him into power in 2014 was not holistic.
Mr Baribote in an interview wondered how Mr Pinnick could turn around to condemn a system he is a beneficiary of.
“Giwa election was held on the 26th day of August, 2014 and that of Amaju was on the 20th day of September 2014.
“It was a new electoral committee headed by Muhammed Sanni Katu not the one chaired by Amoni Biambo that was appointed by the congress in November, 2013 in Warri that conducted the Amaju election. Rather it was the new electoral committee that was appointed 10 days after the Giwa election. So from 26th of August 2014 to 20th day of September, 2014 when Amaju election was conducted, one does not need a calculator to know that it was less than one month.
“So, one begins to wonder if really as alleged, Amaju wrote a letter complaining about time frame. Some people are not good students of history. You cannot benefit from a process and turn around to condemn that same process that produced you,” he stated.
Over the weekend, report emerged that Mr Pinnick who despite claims that he would not contest for a 3rd in office, wrote to the Nigeria’s secret security agency, the DSS on why the NFF Elections slated for September cannot hold.
It was reported that Pinnick argued that there would not be enough time to make reforms as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari before the polls in September.
It is also alleged that the NFF President claimed both FIFA and CAF are very much aware of the lack of time to amend the Statutes as it concerns the composition of the NFF Congress.
Last month, President Buhari through a letter signed by Sports Minister Sunday Dare ordered the NFF to make the NFF Congress more representative before elections into the NFF Executive Committee. The directive had rattled the incumbent president, Amaju Pinnick’s 3rd bid.
Should election into the NFF Executive Board not held on or before September 20th, world football governing body, FIFA would set up a normalisation committee to oversee the affairs of the country’s football for a period of time.
Pinnick’s tenure will terminate on September 20, 2022.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Sports

Ex-Adamawa Queens Boss Laments Dwindling Of Women Football Dev

Published

on

A top sports stakeholder and former Chairman of Adamawa Queens, Mr. Emmanuel Zira, has said that women football development in Nigeria has drastically dwindled in the past few years.
Mr. Zira who spoke in an interview from his base in Yola, Adamawa state capital said lack of professional approach, transparency and poor attitude by the league administrators have under-developed Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) in particular and other aspects of the game.
Recently, NWFL chairperson and a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Aisha Falode had claimed that women football has witnessed developmental changes.
But Zira while assessing the state of Nigeria women football in recent years said both its league and other areas have lost value and that those administering it have chosen to engage in “unnecessary media razzmatazz, without any substance on ground.”
“Without any form of sentiment, women football in Nigeria has dwindled so much. I don’t really know why the administrators are just engaging in media hype which does no one any good.
“The entire stakeholders are watching and they know what is happening. Forget the media and publicity stunts here and there. Anyone can print banners, flyers and even stickers to say whatever he or she likes, but the reality is that the gains made in the administration of women football in the past has been destroyed.
“In anywhere in the World, football development thrives on accountability and openness. For instance, you can’t be running a league and not disclose your earnings or support in form of sponsorship or otherwise and you expect to grow and have integrity.
“Previously, the women league had financial and other records of its activities which the board renders at the end of every season, I still have copies, but such don’t happen again. Match officials’ indemnities are not paid by league administrators. As a league, everything you do must be subjected to congress scrutiny and decision. Nigeria is the only place especially in the past five years where the leagues are ran without financial statement. Even at the town union meetings, there’s financial statement… When you talk, they say you are against them, how?
“They announced sponsors and the details of the sponsorship are shrouded in secrecy. They only promised participating clubs during the just concluded Super six tournament which is part of the entire league process that they will get paltry amount, after forcing them to wear specific branded jerseys, where is that done, It’s wrong. Why sign a contract without disclosure,” he queried.
On grassroots development and current formation of senior women national team, Zira, who is a former chairman of Adamawa United and has been involved steadily in women football affairs lamented the continuous re-circling of aged-players.
“The leagues are not growing, that is why we can’t tap into numerous budding talents, if not that the right things were done, where would we have gotten Oshoala, Onome, Ordega and others that are aging now,” he said.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Sports

2022 WAFCON: S’ Africa Defeat Nigeria In Group C Opener

Published

on

South African senior female national team, Banyana Banyana on Monday once again asserted their superiority over their Nigerian counterparts with a 2-1 win over the Super Falcons in Group C match of the ongoing 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, WAFCON in Morocco
Goals on 60th and 62nd minutes of the boots of Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia ensured that the South Africans once again defeated the reigning Champions 8 months after they defeated them in Lagos to win Aisha Buhari Tourney.
There was nothing to separate the teams in the first half as it ended scoreless.
South Africa had a better statistics, finishing the the first 45 minutes with 59.6% of the ball possessions.
The Super Falcons however created the best chance of the half in the 12th minute when Asisat Oshoala ran into a good position to receive a pass by Michelle Alozie but a South African defender cleared away the ball.
Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi a couple of times had to save Tochukwu Oluehi in goal from trouble after the keeper misjudged the ball when Thembi Kgatlana threatened to score.
It was a match the nine-time champions were anything but coordinated as they managed to hold the the South Africans at bay in the first 45 minutes.
Oshoala had her best chance of the game four minutes into the second half with a left footed strike that South African keeper Andile Dlamini gathered with a smart catch.
The Nigerians could have put the Bayana Bayana under pressure through Ifeoma Olumonu in the 55th minute but her header was weak to have caused any troubles.
Two quick goals by in the 61st minute and 63rd minute by the duo of Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia saw South Africa go ahead.
Atletico Madrid dazzler Rasheedat Ajibade however pulled one back for Nigeria in added time but it was too little, too late for the Nigerians.
It is the 3rd time Nigeria is losing to the Banyana Banyana in four matches. They lost 1-0 in November 2018 in Ghana WAFCON, lost 4-2 in the Aisha Buhari Tourney in September in Lagos before Monday’s humiliation.
Nigeria paraded their European based stars that were all lethargic in the game as the young energetic South Africans ran them ragged.
Super Falcons last win over the Orange nation’s was on December 1, 2018 in the final of that year’s edition of WAFCON with the then Thomas Dennerby led ladies triumphing 4-3 on penalty after regulations ended goalless.
Super Falcons will hope to bounce back from the defeat as the face debutants, Botswana on tomorrow.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Continue Reading

Trending