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NFF Hoping To Woo Eze, Sheyi Ojo For Super Eagles
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NFF Hoping To Woo Eze, Sheyi Ojo For Super Eagles

Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi says he’s delighted with the move by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to get players of Nigerian descent to the senior national team. The Nigerian international made this known during an interview on Nedum Onuoha’s podcast, where he revealed that players such as Ebere Eze, Sheyi Ojo, and a few to mention are already on NFF’s primary list. Iwobi on Friday was in action as Everton played out a 2-2 against Tottenham in the Premier League. He was substituted in the 61st minute for Seamus Coleman. He said: “Recently they get to ask me about so many players in England now, I feel like the scouting now has improved with Nigerian players based in England,” Iwobi said on Nedum Onuoha’s podcast. “I have been asked couple of questions, for exam...
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick Pays Courtesy Visit To MTN
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NFF President, Amaju Pinnick Pays Courtesy Visit To MTN

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick paid a courtesy visit to the corporate head office of MTN Nigeria in appreciation of the ICT giant’s immense contributions to the Super Eagles’ qualification for 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers. MTN Nigeria provided two boats and seven crew members in addition to insurance policy covers required for the team to embark on the national engagement. The Gernot Rohr-led team took off and docked at the Falomo jetty in Ikoyi, Lagos, which was built by the telecommunications service provider for the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA). Speaking during the visit, Amaju Pinnick said, “On behalf of the NFF, I want to thank MTN Nigeria wholeheartedly for the support, especially the trip to Porto-Novo. I pu...
Former NFF Technical Director, Kashimawo Laloko Is Dead
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Former NFF Technical Director, Kashimawo Laloko Is Dead

A former Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Kashimawo Laloko is dead. Laloko’s death was confirmed by one of his sons Adewale who revealed that the veteran coach died Sunday at Sacred Hearts Catholic Hospital, Abeokuta at the age of 76. Outside being vocal and critical on football issues, the veteran coach was known for his invaluable contributions to the Pepsi Football Academy. The Academy nurtured many football talents in Nigeria to stardom. The list includes Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Soga Sambo, Elderson Echejile, Joseph Akpala, Yinka Adedeji, among many others Laloko also had a stint as the national team coach of The Gambia. According to the family, Mr Laloko who was Olori Parakoyi of Egbaland will be buried at his Gbonagun residence, Abeokut...
Nigeria vs Lesotho: NFF suspects foul play, to conduct another COVID-19 test on Iwobi
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Nigeria vs Lesotho: NFF suspects foul play, to conduct another COVID-19 test on Iwobi

  The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will carry out another COVID-19 test for Everton forward, Alex Iwobi. Iwobi tested positive on arrival at Porto Novo ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Benin Republic in a 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. He immediately left camp and returned to Lagos to self-isolate. Iwobi would, however, undergo another test, to confirm if it was just a ploy by the Beninoise to demoralise the Super Eagles. If he tests negative, the former Arsenal man will be part of the Lesotho game on Tuesday. Gernot Rohr’s men have already qualified for next year’s tournament.
Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea
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Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr Reacts to NFF’s Plan for Super Eagles to Travel by sea

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said travelling by sea to Benin Republic ahead of the qualifiers on Saturday, is the best route. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided the team will travel for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier by boat. According to Rohr, the distance by sea is not only shorter but quite calm. “It will be the best way to go there. “Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm,” Rohr said according to SportingLife. The trip by sea takes around an hour. The Nigerian delegation will set sail for Benin capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning. The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin is second on seven points.
Infantino Reacts as Pinnick Wins FIFA Council Seat
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Infantino Reacts as Pinnick Wins FIFA Council Seat

  FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has expressed his optimism that the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, will make a meaningful contribution to the development of football after his election as a member of the FIFA Council. Pinnick won the highly-coveted seat, defeating Malawian FA president, Walter Nyamilandu during the 43rd CAF General Assembly in Rabat. The 50-year-old becomes the third Nigerian to achieve the feat after Oyo Orok Oyo and Amos Adamu. Pinnick will be representing Africa in the highest decision-making organisation of the world football governing body, along with Egypt’s Hany Abou Rida, Morocco’s Fouzi Lekjaa, Mali’s Mamoutou Toure, Benin’s Mathurin De Chacus and Sierra Leone’s Aisha Johansen. “I would like herewith ...
AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr
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AFCON: Ahmed Musa Wasn’t Invited, he won’t play for Nigeria – Gernot Rohr

  Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said that Ahmed Musa is not in the 23-man squad he called up to prosecute the qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho later this month. He said that the clubless Musa was not invited as a player but as the captain of the team, adding that the former Leicester City forward will not play. After terminating his contract with Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr, Musa has been without a club. Musa was a surprise inclusion in Gernot Rohr’s 24-man provisional team list released yesterday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr told Leadership Sports that the former CSKA Moscow striker would play no part in the last two group games. “He is not in the list of 23-man but he is invited like a captain, not like a player of the lis...
Primate Ayodele Foresees Results of Nigeria vs Benin Republic, Lesotho, Sack of Juventus Manager, Others
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Primate Ayodele Foresees Results of Nigeria vs Benin Republic, Lesotho, Sack of Juventus Manager, Others

  The leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele says that God has revealed to him, results of upcoming qualifying matches between Nigeria and Benin Republic and Lesotho. He also predicted that Italian champions, Juventus, English side, Crystal Palace, Enyimba of Aba, among others, will sack their coaches. Ayodele also warned the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick against resigning from the position. He says that the Super Eagles will reach the quarter final of the next FIFA World Cup “if Pinnick remains as the president.” “The lord says he shouldn’t resign his position as the President, with him as the President of NFF, Super Eagles will thrive and get to the quarter final in the world cup. He should wait till ...
2021 AFCON Qualifier: Why Super Eagles May Travel By Boat To Benin – Rohr
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2021 AFCON Qualifier: Why Super Eagles May Travel By Boat To Benin – Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has confirmed the possibility of the team traveling to Benin via the use of a boat for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Nigeria will face the Squirrels of Benin on March 22 in a game that could decide the fate of the two teams. In an interview with French radio station Europe1 (via Football 365), the German tactician lamented Benin’s poor road network for their decision not to travel by road to the capital, Porto Novo. He also appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to move their hotel closer to the Nigerian-Benin border. “We will have the “fitness” at the hotel, which we did not have on the previous day in Benin City,” Rohr told French radio station Europe1 (via Football 365). “We will be very close to Benin. We risk ma...
FIFA Clears Eght Players that have Represented other Countries, to Play for Super Eagles
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FIFA Clears Eght Players that have Represented other Countries, to Play for Super Eagles

World football governing body, FIFA, has cleared eight new players with dual nationalities to play for the Super Eagles. The players who have played for junior teams in England and Germany are now eligible to represent the Super Eagles after indicating to FIFA with assistance from the NFF that they were ready to play for Nigeria if called upon. Top most on the list is Fulham’s forward Ademola Lookman Others on the list include: - Jordan Torunarigha  who plays Hertha BSC in Germany. - Nathan Tella who plays for Southampton FC - Tosin Adarabioyo who plays for Fulham FC Others include Ovie Ejaria of Reading FC, Noni Madueke of PSV, Sheyi Ojo of Cardiff City, Ike Ugbo of Cercle Brugge.
Worst Day Of My Life — Super Eagles Midfielder, John Ogu As His Mum Dies
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Worst Day Of My Life — Super Eagles Midfielder, John Ogu As His Mum Dies

Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu’s mum has died. The bereaved footballer took to Twitter to write: “Worse day of my life.” Though he didn't state what happened, his mother's death was confirmed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on their verified Twitter handle on Monday January 25. The NFF wrote: "Our thoughts and prayers are with @NGSuperEagles midfielder @ogujohnugo following the passing of his Mom. May her gentle soul rest In peace."
FG Unwillingness To Prosecute NFF Officials Drives Away Sponsors, Good Results – Dalung
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FG Unwillingness To Prosecute NFF Officials Drives Away Sponsors, Good Results – Dalung

Immediate past Minister of Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, has attributed the continuous poor results of national teams and lack of sponsors to the silence on the side of the media and Government unwillingness to prosecute the indicted officials of the Nigeria Football Federation. He said Nigeria football will return smiles to the faces of Nigerians when Federal Government is ready to prosecute the ‘indicted’ Nigeria Football Federation officials and the media are ready to put the administrators on their toes. “Since I left office in 2019, we have had the worst period in Nigeria football. To me, to get it right, football needs surgical operation. The Federal Government must be willing to prosecute those who are found wanting, mismanaging money meant for development of the game, lea...
Pinnick, Others Dragged Before FIFA
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Pinnick, Others Dragged Before FIFA

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick’s bid to become a FIFA Council member and any other candidate vying for various positions in March’s Confederation of African Football (CAF) elections in Morocco will be subjected to FIFA’s ratification. Pinnick is looking to replace Guinea’s Almamy Kabele Camara at the 37-member FIFA Council which is the main decision-making body of the world football body that sets the vision for FIFA and global football. But CAF said in a release on Sunday that “At the request of the Interim President of CAF, Mr. Constant Omari, a virtual meeting of the CAF Emergency Committee was held on Saturday with the committee deciding that the Governance Committee of CAF together with the FIFA Review Committee must determine as soon as possible a...
NCDC Denies South African Side, Celtic, Visa To Arrive Port Harcourt For CAF
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NCDC Denies South African Side, Celtic, Visa To Arrive Port Harcourt For CAF

The NFF have written to CAF for the game to be postponed or played in another country. CAF insisting Celtic be granted a waiver to enter Nigeria despite the health authorities placing travel bans on SA and the UK. SA has a new variant/strain of the Covid 19 virus. Rivers risk being kicked out if the game fails to hold in Port Harcourt on wednesday
NFF Considers Amuneke, Salisu Options For Rohr’s Assistant Role
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NFF Considers Amuneke, Salisu Options For Rohr’s Assistant Role

Sequel to the recent uninspiring performance of the Super Eagles that led to the home and away draws with their Sierra Leonean counterparts in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are set to take measures to check the slide. Consequently, the NFF is tinkering with the idea of contracting either Emmanuel Amuneke or Salisu Yusuf to assist Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, adding to Joseph Yobo’s assistant capacity. “Having seen the technical report from the coach and taken into consideration the observations from the meeting with the sports minister, we shall open talks with either Emmanuel Amuneke or Salisu Yusuf to support Rohr,” an official of the NFF told Completesports.com “We have to look at the possibility of getti...
NFF To Challenge England For PSV Starlet, Noni Madueke
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NFF To Challenge England For PSV Starlet, Noni Madueke

The Nigeria Football Federation are trying to convince PSV Eindhoven starlet Noni Madueke to switch his nationality from England to Nigeria. Madueke, 18, has represented England at youth level, in both the U-16s and the U-19s. The talented youngster is eligible to represent Nigeria through his parents. Madueke left Spurs to join PSV in June 2018 – rejecting Manchester United in the process – and impressed for their youth sides before making his senior debut last season. This year looks set to be Madueke’s breakout campaign after his stunning start in the Eredivisie and Europe. Madueke has scored four times and set up four more goals in just 11 appearances. Only three of those appearances have been starts and he displayed his potential once again with a two-goal performan...
NFF Gets Fifa’s $1m Palliative, $600, 000 Mini Stadia Fund
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NFF Gets Fifa’s $1m Palliative, $600, 000 Mini Stadia Fund

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that it finally received the $1 million palliatives promised it by the world football governing body, FIFA. The federation also said it has received $600, 000 from the football body for the construction of two mini stadia in the country. Announcing the receipt of the funds on his Twitter handle yesterday, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said the federation got the fund on Monday and has also reconfirmed what it is meant for from FIFA. He added, “As a further breakdown, the $1 million for palliatives is composed of $500,000 for men’s football and $500,000 for the women’s game. FIFA has also promised to send the Federation an additional $500,000 sometime in January 2021, also as part of COVID-19 palliative efforts. “FIFA also s...
NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star, Obafemi Martins At 36
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NFF, FIFA Celebrate Ex-Eagles Star, Obafemi Martins At 36

The Nigeria Football Federation and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) have sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martin at 36. Both football bodies took to their verified Twitter handles to celebrate Martins. The NFF wrote :”Happy birthday @Obafemimartins. Have a good one.” And according to FIFA:”@Obafemimartins is a man who knows how to celebrate in style. We hope the former @NGSuperEagles forward is backflipping about on his 36th birthday.” Martins made his Super Eagles debut in 2004 scored 18 goals in 42 appearances before retiring from international football in 2015. He featured at three Africa Cup of Nations with the Eagles in 2006, 2010 and 2010 winning bronze in all the editions he attended. He was a member of the Eag...
Kevin Akpoguma: FIFA Approves Ex-German Youth Star’s Switch To Nigeria
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Kevin Akpoguma: FIFA Approves Ex-German Youth Star’s Switch To Nigeria

The 25-year-old has already teamed up with the Super Eagles for their upcoming friendlies, having been cleared by the world football governing body Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has confirmed Fifa’s approval of Kevin Akpoguma to switch allegiance to Nigeria. The defender was born to a German mother and a Nigerian father and has represented Germany at various youth levels. Akpoguma is, however, still eligible to feature for the Super Eagles since he is yet to play for the European country’s senior team. *The centre-back has been delivering consistent performances for Bundesligaside Hoffenheimsince joining the club in 2015. Last season, he made 18 league appearances for the Kraichgauer to help his side finish sixth in the campaign. Ahead of the...
NFF Appoints Randy Waldrum As Super Falcons’ New Coach
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NFF Appoints Randy Waldrum As Super Falcons’ New Coach

Reports making the rounds has it that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed US coach Randy Waldrum as the new handler of the Super Falcons. Waldrum will take over from Swede Thomas Dennerby who left his position as Falcons coach after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The 64-year-old will work with former Falcons goalkeeper Ann Chiejine, who is the first Assistant Coach. Also Read: Balogun Ready For Eagles’ Friendlies After Rangers League Win While Wemimo Mathew Olanrewaju will serve as second Assistant Coach and Auwar Bashir Makwalla will be goalkeepers’ trainer. In October 2017, Waldrum was appointed to be technical adviser and head coach of the Falcons ahead of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification but turned down the offer. Afte...
NFF Releases Super Eagles List For Friendlies Against Tunisia & Ivory Coast
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NFF Releases Super Eagles List For Friendlies Against Tunisia & Ivory Coast

The NFF has released the list of Super Eagles players that have been invited for the friendlies against Tunisia and Ivory Coast. The Eagles play Ivory Coast on the 9th of October and then facr Tunisia four days later on the 13th. Both games will be played in Austria. Both games will be held in Austria for a few obvious reasons Here are the players. Goalkeepers Okoye Alampasu Yakubu Defenders Ekong Omeruo Balogun Ajayi Awaziem Sanusi Aina Collins Midfielders Etebo Ndidi Agu Onyeka Forwards Musa Simon Iwobi Kalu Osimhen Dessers Iheanacho Chukwueze Ejuke. Standby Onyekuru Maja Shehu Azeez Ebuehi
Yobo: How NFF, Caf, Fifa and fans celebrated Super Eagles legend at 40
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Yobo: How NFF, Caf, Fifa and fans celebrated Super Eagles legend at 40

The ex-Nigeria captain has been sent wonderful messages by the governing bodies and his supporters as he reaches a new age The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Fifa and football fans have celebrated with Joseph Yobo on his 40th birthday. Yobo was born in River State on September 6, 1980, and started his career in his home country with the Michellin-Harcourt academy. The versatile defender left for Belgium in 1997, joining the Standard Liege youth setup and wasted no time in earning a place in the senior team following his solid defensive displays.
NFF, Nike Set To Unveil New Kits For National Teams
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NFF, Nike Set To Unveil New Kits For National Teams

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and its global brand kit-sponsor NIKE have taken a further step forward in the plan to unveil another set of kits for the Nigeria National Teams that would wow the world as did those launched on the margin of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. At a virtual meeting on Monday that had NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, NIKE’s Tina Salminen, David Watson and Lee Murphy, NFF Board Members Ibrahim Musa Gusau and Felix Anyansi-Agwu, as well as Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications), Alizor Chuks (Head of Marketing) and Nasiru Jibril (SA to President), finishing touches were put to the designs with observations and comments taken, and NIKE officials fully briefed on the min...
NFF In Talks With Amuneke About Technical Director Job
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NFF In Talks With Amuneke About Technical Director Job

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is in talks with former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, about the position of Technical Director, reports Completesports.com. Feelers from the Sunday Dankaro Football House in Abuja revealed that the NFF has approached Amuneke who is presently the director in charge of academies in Africa at Misr Lel Makkasa of Egypt to consider accepting an appointment as the Technical Director following the expiration of Bitrus Bewarang’s contract last June Daniel Amokachi was in line to get the job last month, but it didn’t work out after it emerged that he had been pencilled for a bigger appointment by the federal government as the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Sports, an appointment the former Super Eagles forward has accepted. “Amuneke...
N30,000 Monthly Stipend For Yekini’s Mother: NFF Yet To Fulfill Promise
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N30,000 Monthly Stipend For Yekini’s Mother: NFF Yet To Fulfill Promise

The family of late Rashidi Yekini on Tuesday said they were yet to receive the N30,000 monthly stipend promised by the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The NFF board led by Amaju Pinnick had pledged to support the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare’s pronouncement to place Yekini’s mother and that of late Samuel Okwaraji, with monthly stipends of N10,000 each. The sister to late Rashidi Yekini, Simiat, on June 16 told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the minister had redeemed his promise and the family had received the stipend for May. However, she said that the family had not heard from the NFF. NAN recalls that the NFF had at exactly 3.48 p.m. on May 7, announced via its official Twitter handle that it would support the minister...
Rohr Clears air over alleged Invitation to Bournemouth Midfielder to Play for Nigeria
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Rohr Clears air over alleged Invitation to Bournemouth Midfielder to Play for Nigeria

Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed that he never asked Bournemouth midfielder, Philip Billing, to play for Super Eagles. According to Rohr, it was Billing’s agent, who called him and said his client was interested in playing for Nigeria because he doesn’t play as much for Denmark. Speaking in an interview with ESPN, the German tactician, who recently signed a two-and-half-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said Billing, 23, told him he wanted some time after he asked the player few questions about the Nigerian team. Rohr said: “Billing’s agent called me and said he was interested in coming to Nigeria because he doesn’t play as much for Denmark. “So he wanted me to call Billing. I said I didn’t have his number, so he gave it to me. When I calle...
Rohr Clears air on NFF Dictating Which Super Eagles Players Should be Picked
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Rohr Clears air on NFF Dictating Which Super Eagles Players Should be Picked

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohs, has made it clear that no one dictates to him the players to pick. Rohr stated this while speaking on Channels Television on Monday. The German agreed a new two-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last week, after his initial contract expired. “It is not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good. “I can choose my players myself. It is the most important [thing]. So, nobody can tell me ‘You have to pick this one or that one’,” he said. Rohr also explained how he consults with his assistants before team selection. “We have a team and our staff. I have my assistant, I have my analyzer. Each Monday we have our meetings and we speak about the games played at the weekend and what our players did. ...
It will Cost NFF N300m to Organize one Friendly Match for Super Eagles – Amaju Pinnick
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It will Cost NFF N300m to Organize one Friendly Match for Super Eagles – Amaju Pinnick

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has said that it will cost about N300 million to organize a friendly match for the Super Eagles under the current situation in the country. Pinnick also said that the Federal Government of Nigeria had reduced NFF’s budget by 30% to organize a warm-up game for Gernot Rohr’s men. This claim was made by former Super Eagles media officer, Colin Udoh. “Pinnick also said under the current situation, it will cost @thenff about N300m to organize one @NGSuperEagles game. “The budget has been cut by about 30% by FG,” Colin Udon wrote on his official Twitter handle on Monday. Super Eagles’ last two friendlies were against Ukraine and Brazil in 2019. The three-time African champions played ...
NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister
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NFF can terminate Rohr’s contract if he fails to meet targets – Sports Minister

The Franco-German tactician has been given the target of leading the Super Eagles to the global tournament and winning the Afcon title in Cameroon The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has revealed there are clauses in Gernot Rohr’s new contract which gives his employer the right to fire him if he underperforms. On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick confirmed the 66-year-old has been handed a new deal and explained he has been given the mandate to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualify the Super Eagles for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dare explained the Franco-German’s contract was renewed to enable him to prove himself but should he fail to meet his target he would be fired.
French club, Lille Offer Victor Osimhen Private Jet to Fly Back to Nigeria for his Father’s Burial
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French club, Lille Offer Victor Osimhen Private Jet to Fly Back to Nigeria for his Father’s Burial

French Ligue 1 club, Lille, have offered Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, a private jet to bring him back to Nigeria for his father’s burial rites. Osimhen announced the death of his father, Mr. Patrick Osimhen, 80, on Twitter on Sunday morning, after he died in Lagos on Saturday night following a brief illness. “RIP dad. No words to describe this feeling,” Osimhen tweeted. President Amaju Pinnick, the Nigeria Football Federation also commiserated with the former Wolfburg star and revealed that his current club have offered him a private aircraft to come back to Nigeria to be with his grieving family and probably for the burial rites. “I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family,” Pinnick said. “His clu...
Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to Continue as Super Eagles Coach for Two and Half Years
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Gernot Rohr reaches agreement with NFF to Continue as Super Eagles Coach for Two and Half Years

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has confirmed he has agreed on a new two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and qualified the team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease. He also led the three-time African champions to finish third at Africa Cup of Nations in 2019 in Egypt. The 66-year-old Franco-German's current deal ends in June and he has been in discussions with the federation over a renewal since January. The NFF gave him new conditions in his contract namely residing in Nigeria, being paid in Nigerian currency and grooming local talent from the Nigerian Football league, conditions he has since agreed on. But the NFF have delayed announcing a new deal with the tactic...
Onigbinde raps NFF on Rohr’s new contract
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Onigbinde raps NFF on Rohr’s new contract

National team handler Adegboye Onigbinde has described the quest to extend the contract of Gernot Rohr as coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as nothing but a ‘circus’. Rohr has been on the job since 2016 and it was under his watch that the Super Eagles qualified for both the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup and the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). While the team failed to progress to the knockout stages of Russia 2018, they came out of Cairo with a bronze medal. The Octogenarian emphatically said his stand on Rohr should not be presumed as that of a job seeker, adding he is enjoying his retirement at 82 after contributing his quota to the development of Nigerian football. “When I  heard about the renewal of coach Rohr’s contract, I put up a...
NFF Confirms Liverpool Midfielder has Chosen Nigeria Over England
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NFF Confirms Liverpool Midfielder has Chosen Nigeria Over England

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has confirmed that Liverpool-owned midfielder, Ovie Ejaria, wants to play for the country. DAILY POST had reported that Ejaria has picked the Super Eagles over the English national team. Pinnick, speaking with ESPN, says paperwork has already been filed with world football’s governing body, FIFA. The only delay is Ejaria’s Nigerian passport which has expired. Two out of the five documents NFF must submit to FIFA, are a copy of Ejaria’s passport evidencing his Nigerian nationality and a copy of an identification evidencing his English nationality. “Yes, he has agreed to play for Nigeria. His documents have been sent to FIFA since,” Pinnick said to ESPN. ...
NFF Hints at Ighalo’s Return to Super Eagles
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NFF Hints at Ighalo’s Return to Super Eagles

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has refused to rule out Odion Ighalo returning to the national team. However, Pinnick insisted that the 30-year-old would not be forced to reverse his decision to quit the Super Eagles. Ighalo announced his international retirement last year, after finishing as the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. But since he made a loan switch to Manchester United in January, his impressive displays have led to calls for Ighalo to play for Nigeria again. “He grew up in Ajegunle, you know the mentality about Ajegunle and Nigeria, he loves the country so much, so I believe if there is need for him to play for Nigeria, he will come. “I am in touch with him, we speak ...
Nigeria National League boss Chidi Ofor passes away at 50
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Nigeria National League boss Chidi Ofor passes away at 50

The seasoned football administrator passed away on Tuesday, the Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed Nigeria National League chairman Chidi Ofor has died at the age of 50, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed. According to a statement from the NFF, Ofor, who had been battling with leukemia, died in a private hospital in Enugu after collapsing in the early hours of Tuesday. Apart from his position as head of Nigeria’s second-tier football league system, the NFF executive committee member doubled as head of the Enugu State Football Association.
Eriksson Says Rejected Super Eagles Job Because He “Was Asked To Split His Salary”
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Eriksson Says Rejected Super Eagles Job Because He “Was Asked To Split His Salary”

Sven-Goran Erikson, former England manager, has revealed why he turned down the opportunity to coach the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In an interview with Branschen.se, a Swedish website, Erikson said he rejected the offer after he was told by an official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that his salary would be paid into two different bank accounts. According to the Swede, the NFF gave him a condition that his salary would be paid into his account and “another account that was not in my name.” Erikson was contacted after late Shaibu Amodu was relived of his job as Eagles coach after the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The NFF also contacted Guus Hiddink, Glenn Hoddle, Arigo Sacchi, Giovanni Trapattoni, Eriksson and Louis van Gaal f...
Rohr’s Super Eagles Job not Available – NFF
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Rohr’s Super Eagles Job not Available – NFF

The media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, has insisted that the role of the head coach is not available for grabs. Speaking with The Guardian, Ibitoye revealed that current handler, Gernot Rohr, has been sent contract guidelines by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Rohr has two months left on his existing deal and is yet to agree fresh terms. The delay has led to speculations that NFF may be looking for a new coach. Former internationals Finidi George, Emmanuel Amuneke and Sunday Oliseh have been linked to the role. However, Ibitoye has clarified the situation. “The NFF has not declared Gernot Rohr’s position vacant. I don’t know where the news that different coaches have been contacted by the NFF to coach the Super Eagles is coming from. “Rohr’s...
NFF Denies Appointing Amokachi Super Eagles Technical Crew Head
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NFF Denies Appointing Amokachi Super Eagles Technical Crew Head

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied rumours making rounds of the appointment of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Daniel Amokachi as Head of its Technical Department. In a statement on Wednesday, Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communications, said Mr Bitrus Bewarang still remained the federation’s Technical Director, NAN reports. Olajire quoted Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Fresh, as saying that at no time did the body call for applications from candidates for that position, not to talk of appointing anyone. “This clarification becomes necessary against the background of wide-circulating, but totally misleading reports of the appointment of Amokachi, a former Super Eagles captain and coach, as head of NFF technical de...
NFF Confirm Venue, Date of Nigeria’s Clash with Sierra Leone
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NFF Confirm Venue, Date of Nigeria’s Clash with Sierra Leone

Nigeria will host Sierra Leone in next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta state, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed. The game will be played on March 27. “We have finally settled for the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba for the qualifying match against Sierra Leone. “The match will be played on Friday, 27th March 2020,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said. With the NFF having picked March 27 for the first match, the Sierra Leone Football Association will most likely choose Tuesday, 31st March for the return leg in Freetown. A win against their fellow West Africans in Asaba, will see the Super Eagles edge closer to qualification. Gernot Rohr’s men are currently top of the group with the ma...
Amaju Pinnick Explains The Choice Of Joseph Yobo For Super Eagles Job
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Amaju Pinnick Explains The Choice Of Joseph Yobo For Super Eagles Job

NFF President Amaju Pinnick has come out to explain the rationale behind the football federation’s decision to appoint former Nigeria International Joseph Yobo as the new Super Eagles assistant coach. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Yobo as the new assistant coach of the senior men’s national team to work under Head coach, Gernot Rohr. Yobo, a former captain of Everton and Nigeria was appointed as the new assistant coach even though he has no FIFA accredited coaching license or any coaching pedigree. Speaking to journalists on the choice of the Ogoni born ex-Super Eagles international, Pinnick insists Yoko is thr ideal candidate for the role saying his wealth of experience will help mentor the young Super Eagles squad. “Yobo has good leadership spirit, I als...
2022 FIFA World Cup: NFF To Unveil Super Eagles New Jersey In USA
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2022 FIFA World Cup: NFF To Unveil Super Eagles New Jersey In USA

Super Eagles new jersey for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying round is set to be unveiled on February 5 in the United States of America. The new line of jersey it was learnt may also be used by the three-time African Cup of Nations winners in the AFCON 2021 qualifying campaign, which resumes in March. Nigeria wowed the world with their jerseys at the last FIFA World Cup in Russia, with fans flocking to top shops to buy the kit designed and produced by leading sports kit manufacturers Nike to purchase their authentic Eagles jersey. It is recalled that scores of fans lined Oxford Street in London for hours on end to get the chance to pick up at the genuine Eagles jersey prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup and with the new launch of the jersey coming in over a week’s time, Pres...
French Coach Eyes Rohr’s Job
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French Coach Eyes Rohr’s Job

French coach Jean-Louis Gasset has indicated interest in coaching an African national team before he finally winds down his managerial career. Though the former St Etienne manager was coy on his final destination in an interview with the French newspaper, L’Equipe, the Super Eagles would most likely be one of his options given the current circumstance surrounding the job of German coach Gernot Rohr. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are yet to table a new offer before the German coach with words rife that he might be handed stringent conditions that may eventually scupper the deal. “At 50, I was put off by the idea (of coaching a national team),” the 66-year-old Gasset reportedly said. “Not enough work; but today, yes, I would like it. “I would like to become a natio...
Isaac Promise’s Burial: NFF Explains Why it Stayed Away
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Isaac Promise’s Burial: NFF Explains Why it Stayed Away

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has explained that the country’s apex football body decided to stay away from Ex-Super Eagles striker, Isaac Promise’s final funeral rites because it was most concerned with the safety and well–being of his immediate family. NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire said this in a statement posted on NFF’s official website on Friday. DAILY POST had reported that Promise, who last played for Austin Bold FC, passed away at the age of 31 on October 2, 2019. The ex-Genclerbirligi and Trabzonspor striker was buried on Thursday, January 9 with no single NFF official present. The statement read: “The NFF has been in regular contact with and has offered support to late Isaac Promise’s wife and children. When the play...
Check Out The Lists Of Wizkid’s Endorsement Deals And Net Worth
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Check Out The Lists Of Wizkid’s Endorsement Deals And Net Worth

In this post, you’ll get to learn more about Wizkid’s endorsement and his current net worth. Below are the lists of Wizkid’s endorsement deals: WIZKID ENDORSEMENT DEALS (2012 – 2019) 1. PEPSI [2012] After his debut album in 2011, Wizkid signed a one-year endorsement deal with Pepsi worth $350,000 in 2012. He travelled to Beirut, Lebanon with Tiwa Savage for a Pepsi commercial shoot. Pulse reported that as at 2013, after the deal between Starboy and African Bad Girl had ended, a new lucrative 5-year deal was negotiated by Paul Okoye of management consultancy company, Upfront & Personal announced the contract extension by posting a photo on his Instagram page showing Tiwa, Wizkid and a white Caucasian female brandishing a can of Pepsi. ...
Ex Footballer, Isaac Promise Buried With No Representative From NFF
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Ex Footballer, Isaac Promise Buried With No Representative From NFF

The funeral of Isaac Promise, the former Nigeria youth captain, took place in the south-eastern town of Umudim, Ohekelem, Imo State. Promise, 31, died of a suspected heart attack in early October in the United States, according to American second-tier side Austin Bold. Clad in black, the family gathered three months after his death to attend the burial ceremony. Despite representing his country at all youth level, he was buried in a low-key ceremony with a no-show from top Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials. "We sent out the programme in December, but there was no representative from the football community," a family member told us this, "Imagine a former captain of Nigeria and there was no NFF representatives among the audience, and not even a former teammate. ...
Nigeria To Renew Gernot Rohr’s Contract With Conditions
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Nigeria To Renew Gernot Rohr’s Contract With Conditions

As Nigerians look forward to the New Year with better performances from the country’s national football teams, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed plans to renew the contract of Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr for another term. The Franco-German who was contracted in 2016 for an initial two-year contract has been threatening to open talks with other countries if the NFF fails to speak on a new deal for him before the end of next month. But yesterday, President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick said in Lagos that Rohr’s contract will be renewed but with stringent conditions that includes him staying in Nigeria. “We are going to renew Rohr’s contract with Nigeria before it expires. Unlike the previous contract, we are going to insist now that he stays in Nigeria wi...
Pinnick and his team have no more business in Nigerian football, says Taribo
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Pinnick and his team have no more business in Nigerian football, says Taribo

Ex-international Taribo West has expressed displeasure at how Nigerian football has declined under the current administration headed by Amaju Pinnick. Taribo stated  in the country has become comatose, adding that the executives of NFF have done the little they can and don’t have it anymore, hence the need for the them to leave so that the best hands can handle football affairs in country. “Nigeria football is sinking, it’s almost dead,” Taribo told Sports Extra. “Amaju and his executives have no more business running our football. I don’t have anything against Amaju. I believe he has been able to do the little he can, but right now, they don’t have it anymore even Shehu Dikko and Seyi Akinwunmi. “Only the best hands should handle football affairs in Nigeria. If we have ex-...
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NFF denies forcing Odion Ighalo’s retirement, says coach Rohr can bring him back if he wants

The Nigeria Football Federation has denied forcing striker Odion Ighalo's retirement from the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Ighalo, endured a bad outing for the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup, missing a host of chances in form of goals for the Nigeria National team which eventually led to the country not going far in the tournament. He was rained with insults on his social media pages and his family was even threatened, a decision which contributed to Ighalo's surprise decision to retire from the national team after the 2019 African Cup of Nations. But now, the NFF has denied being behind his sudden retirement, saying head coach Gernot Rohr is at liberty to pick who ever he wants for the team with reports emanating that Ighalo is willing to come back from retirement. "Nobody s...
NFF welcomes Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers
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NFF welcomes Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers

The Nigeria Football Federation has officially accepted the proposal of Belgian born striker Cyriel Dessers to the Super Eagles after he declared himself available to play for Nigeria. This comes days after the Dutch Eredivisie top scorer who plays as a striker for Heracles Almelo in Holland made his intention clear to play for Nigeria. The 24-year-old born to a Belgian dad and Nigerian mother who has 11 goals and 5 assists in 15 appearances for his club this season, said: “I have never been to Nigeria because of the political situation there. It was slightly better last year so I’ll be twice as happy if I can get an invite, even if it’s friendly against Madagascar or Mauritius.” After his public cry to Coach Gernot Rohr to invite him to play for Nigeria, the NFF made an officia...

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