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Rivers State Govt. Rejects NFF Committee’s Report On 2019/20 NPFL Final Table, Heads To CAS
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Rivers State Govt. Rejects NFF Committee’s Report On 2019/20 NPFL Final Table, Heads To CAS

Rivers State Government, owners of Rivers United Football Club has rejected the outcome of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Committee’s report that endorsed the decision of League Management Company (LMC) to place Enyimba ahead of the club in the final standing of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table. This is just as the government queried the recent trip of NFF’s president, Amaju Pinnick to Abia State last week Friday, only for the Football Committee to submit its position on Monday. Rivers Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye stated while receiving the newly elected executives of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers chapter on a courtesy visit at his office in Port Harcourt. Iyaye listed eight grounds of objections to the report of the NFF’...
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...
Super Eagles: Onuachu Drafted As Moses Simon’s Replacement
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Super Eagles: Onuachu Drafted As Moses Simon’s Replacement

Paul Onuachu has been drafted to the Super Eagles for the upcoming 2020 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Onuachu, who has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season was initially placed on Rohr’s standby list. According to the Nigeria Football Federation, the KRC Genk forward replaced Moses Simon, who will miss the game after his club Nantes ruled it would not allow the player leave. Moses Simon is the second player to pull out of the qualifiers after Girondins Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu – who picked up an injury. The NFF Tweeted: Following the uncertainty regarding the availability of players based in France (due to COVID 19 laws guiding the country),Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has extended invitation to KRC Genk striker...
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 NFF Boss Pinnick To Compete For Seat In Council
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FIFA Clears NFF Boss Pinnick To Compete For Seat In Council

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has scaled the first hurdle in his bid to secure a seat on the highly-exalted FIFA council at the elections scheduled for Morocco on 12 March 2021 as World football governing body FIFA has given him a clean bill of health. He was cleared by the FIFA Ethics Committee to contest following a lengthy and extensive scrutiny of his candidacy by the world football body. “FIFA has cleared @TheNFF President @PinnickAmaju to contest for a seat on the FIFA Council at the elections scheduled for Morocco on 12 March 2021,” the NFF stated on its official Twitter handle Pinnick was initially touted to run for the Presidency of Confederation of African Football (CAF) due to his growing influence in continental and global footbal...
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...
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 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...
Onuachu Replaces Osimhen In Super Eagles’ Squad For Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies
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Onuachu Replaces Osimhen In Super Eagles’ Squad For Algeria, Tunisia Friendlies

Genk of Belgium Paul Onuachu has been handed a late call-up for Nigeria’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia. Onuachu will take the place of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen who has been excused from the games by the Nigeria Football Federation. ”� ❗️❗️@victorosimhen9 has been excused from @NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia. His replacement is Paul Onuachu. #Team9jaStrong #SoarSuperEagles ,” reads a tweet on the official Twitter handle of the Nigeria Football Federation. Napoli stars Piotr Zielinski and Eljif Elmas tested positive for Covid-19 following the side’s 6-0 win against Genoa last Sunday. The entire Napoli squad, including Osimhen will self-isolate for 14 days to guide against the spread of the virus. Onuachu last featured for the Super Eagles i...
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...
NFF celebrates Peter Rufai and James Obiorah on their birthday
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NFF celebrates Peter Rufai and James Obiorah on their birthday

The governing body has sent a heartfelt messages to the former Super Eagles players as they reached new ages The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has celebrated with Peter Rufai and James Obiorah on their birthday. Rufai, born in Lagos, is celebrating his 57th birthday while Obiorah clocks 42 years and have been sent wonderful messages birthday wishes. Rufai starred for the Super Eagles as a goalkeeper during his 15-year career with the side and featured 65 times for the West African country.
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...
I Cried As Okocha Dribbled Khan, 6 Defenders In Germany – Emmanuel Okocha
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I Cried As Okocha Dribbled Khan, 6 Defenders In Germany – Emmanuel Okocha

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Emmanuel Okocha has admitted that he was in the stand to watch his young brother Austin Jay Jay Okocha scored one of the best goals in the history of German Bundesliga. Jay Jay Okocha stole the headline during his days in the Bundesliga after he dribbled about seven defenders, including Germany great Oliver Kahn and scored the iconic goal for his Eintracht Frankfurt in 1993. Emmanuel who is the older brother of the former Bolton Wanderers captain told Nigeria Football Federation media team in a live Instagram session that he cried while watching his brother in Germany. “I was at the stadium with my brother, Okocha was playing for Frankfurt he had the ball facing Oliver Khan, when he started dribbling, I put my hands on my head and I was saying if...
Super Eagles coach Rohr needs support to succeed – Utaka
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Super Eagles coach Rohr needs support to succeed – Utaka

The 38-year-old feels the German tactician can surpass the performances of previous Super Eagles managers Former Nigeria international John Utaka believes Gernot Rohr needs support to succeed as coach of the Super Eagles. The German tactician was appointed as manager of the West Africans in 2016 and has made a meaningful contribution to the side since his arrival. Rohr is set to sign a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as his current deal with the governing body is set to expire next month.
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...
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...
Joseph Yobo Confirmed As New Nigeria Assistant Coach
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Joseph Yobo Confirmed As New Nigeria Assistant Coach

The former Super Eagles skipper has been installed as the country’s national team assistant boss following Imama Amapakabo’s removal Joseph Yobo has been confirmed as the new assistant coach of Nigeria. After Imama Amapakabo was ushered through the exit door, the three-time African champions turned to a familiar face for inspiration. The Everton legend captained the Super Eagles to a triumphant outing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, and will now assist head coach Gernot Rohr. “The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three -ime African champions’ technical crew," an NFF statement read. Yobo graduated to the Super Eagles af...
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...
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...
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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...
Sports Minister, Sunday Dare Walks Out On NFF President Pinnick & Other NFF Officials
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Sports Minister, Sunday Dare Walks Out On NFF President Pinnick & Other NFF Officials

The minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare on Monday walked out on top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation officials for coming late to a crucial meeting. The meeting which was scheduled to hold by 4pm at his MKO Abiola National Stadium office failed to take place. The president of NFF, Amaju Pinnick in company of his second vice president of the federation, Shehu Dikko, and the chairperson Nigeria Women’s League, Aisha Falode came 4:20pm for a meeting scheduled for 4:00pm at the minister’s office at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja. Our correspondent who witnessed the drama that ensured reported that Dare who was on his way out for another meeting was stopped by Pinnick who made frantic efforts to explain why he came late, but an obviously angry minist...
Get Us QPR Ebere Eze For AFCON 2021 Qualifiers –  NFF To Rohr
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Get Us QPR Ebere Eze For AFCON 2021 Qualifiers – NFF To Rohr

The Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) has mandated coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr to push for England U20 midfielder Ebere Eze to switch allegiance to the senior national team of Nigeria. A chieftain of the Federation contacted Owngoalnigeria.com after the report that the 22 year old doesn’t need FIFA to approve his switch of nationality to Nigeria and he confirmed that the message has been passed to the coach. ” The information is correct and we have communicated to the coach after making consulting our legal team. The boy can play for us without any approval from FIFA because he only played in friendly games for England U20 “, he told Owngoalnigeria.com. Gernot Rohr on his part‎ is believed to have been pleased with the news that the player doesn’t require any form of l...
Thomas Dennerby Resigns As Super Falcons Coach
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Thomas Dennerby Resigns As Super Falcons Coach

Thomas Dennerby has resigned as coach of Nigeria's women's team despite having a year left on his contract. The 60-year-old Swede excused himself from the Super Falcons' last two games due to a dispute with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). He also refused to show up for a reconciliation meeting arranged by the country's sports minister Sunday Dare. BBC Sport understands that in his resignation letter, Dennerby, whose deal was due to run until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, cited unfulfilled contractual obligations including unpaid wages and a lack of both co-operation and accommodation in the country. "Mr Dennerby has sent his resignation letter to the NFF and this doesn't surprise anyone because he decided to stay away from the team last month," a top NFF official told ...
Nigerian Amputee Team Goes To Angola With Flight Ticket, Jersey, Boots On Credit
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Nigerian Amputee Team Goes To Angola With Flight Ticket, Jersey, Boots On Credit

Nigeria's Amputee football team known as Special Eagles, has arrived in Angola for the 2019 Africa Amputee Football Cup of Nations. The 15-man team, which has decried neglect from the government, managed to arrive in Angola through air tickets procured on credit from an agent. The team would also be participating in the tournament with jerseys, tracksuits, boots and other vital items all procured on credit. Speaking on arrival in Angola, President of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation, Suleiman Isah, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari for urgent support of the team. He said, “It is tough for us but we needed to make this trip to keep hope alive for the amputees who had decided to counter their physical disability by engaging in sports. “They have been absent fro...
NFF Signs Partnership Agreement With Serie A Side, AS Roma
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NFF Signs Partnership Agreement With Serie A Side, AS Roma

The Nigeria Football Federation is delighted to announce it has agreed a multi-year partnership with top Italian football club, AS Roma, The partnership, which was unveiled on Friday in Abuja, will see the NFF and Roma collaborate together on and off the pitch, with one long term objective being for the club to help further grow and improve all levels of football in Nigeria. Under the terms of the understanding , the two parties will share football, business and media expertise, with Roma offering the NFF technical and operational support and advice in the areas of youth coaching, player development, football administration and digital media best practices. In return, the NFF will also collaborate with the AS Roma in their projects and development Initiatives in Nigeria. In the...
Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr’s Mother Is Dead
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Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr’s Mother Is Dead

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has lost his mother, Madam Elisabeth Rohr, who died at age 97. This was announced by the Nigeria Football Federation via its official Twitter handle. The announcement reads: ”We commiserate with @NGSuperEagles Head coach, Mr Gernot Rohr who just lost his mother Madam Elisabeth Rohr. She was 97. May her soul rest in peace”.
Former Super Falcon star, Ifeanyi Chiejine has died
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Former Super Falcon star, Ifeanyi Chiejine has died

According to a statement released today Thursday August 22nd by the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, Chiejine died after a brief illness on Wednesday August 21st. Until her death, she was playing for SSVSM-Kairat Almaty in the Kazakhstani Championship. The midfielder captained the first Nigerian team to the then U19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. She enjoyed a brilliant career playing for the likes of FC Indiana in USA’s W-League, KMF Kuopio and PK-35 Vantaa in Finland and Zvezda Perm in Russia. She became a fully capped international, being a part of the Nigerian squad to the 1999, 2003 and 2007 editions of the senior Women’s World Cup. She also played at the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games in a glorious career that saw her score 15 goals in 61 games for Nigeria. Chiejine, who grew up...
Why We Banned Siasia For Life – FIFA
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Why We Banned Siasia For Life – FIFA

World football ruling body FIFA has banned former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia for life after the ethics committee found him guilty of bribery allegation. A release Friday by FIFA confirmed that the former international has also been asked to pay a fine of CHF 50,000 ($51,000) about N18.5million. The former U-23 coach is said to have accepted bribe in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics. The hammer is coming in the midst of emotional torture which the former Nantes striker is undergoing following the kidnap of his mother Madam Ogere Siasia. Siasia’s 93 year old Father only recently raised alarm to security authorities even as he made passionate appeal to the kidnappers to release his wife who has been in their custody close to a m...
NFF Mourns Samuel Okwaraji 30 Years After Passing
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NFF Mourns Samuel Okwaraji 30 Years After Passing

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Monday, marked the 30th anniversary of the death of football star, Samuel Okwaraji. Okwaraji died while playing for Nigeria at the National Stadium, Surulere, August 12, 1989. NFF shared a video in memory of the late footballer, in a tweet obtained from @theNFF. “We still feel and respect the labours of our heroes past, and we want to say today, being the 30th year that Late Okwaraji passed on while playing, we still feel the sacrifice and patriotism that he showed, playing for this great country. And we have learnt great lessons from that patriot, even as we continue to use his attitude to guide young talents”, Amaju Pinnick, president of NFF said in the video. “It’s been 30 years since this real and true Nigerian Patriot passed on whil...
NPFL Goes Back To 38-match Format As New Season Begin September 20
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NPFL Goes Back To 38-match Format As New Season Begin September 20

Organisers of NPFL have sent the timetable for the new seasons to the 20 participating clubs. The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has gone back to its 38-match format with the 2019/2020 season set to kick off on September 20. After the 2017/2018 season ended abruptly due to chaos in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the new 2019 NPFL season featured 28 teams in an abridged format of two conferences/groups. The League Management Company (LMC) who are the organisers of the NPFL have however announced that the league will return to 38-match format with the new season kicking off on September 20. In a circular sent to the 20 clubs, the LMC announced that the league season is expected to run from September 2019 to May 2020 in conformity with the new CAF calendar...
Rohr Makes Fresh Demands From NFF
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Rohr Makes Fresh Demands From NFF

Head Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has insisted that the only way he would go on a refresher course with Bayern Munich, is if the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) outlines the refresher programmes for local coaches. The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, recently disclosed that Rohr would be heading to Germany on attachment with the Bundesliga champions, to learn about the latest innovations in football management. But Rohr has now said that his decision to go for the refresher course, depends on if his assistant coaches who are mostly Nigerians, have the same chance. “Yes, it is a good idea from President Pinnick I think because every coach regardless of the experience you have needs to go on refresher courses almost all the time to learn latest trends in coaching. “...
Pinnick Reacts To Removal As CAF Vice President
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Pinnick Reacts To Removal As CAF Vice President

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has reacted to his removal as the Confederation of African Football, CAF, 1st Vice President. Pinnick, reacting said his tenure has been an excellent opportunity to serve as the Number Two football administrator on the continent and my commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast. “I congratulate Omari, Lekjaa and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively,” Pinnick said.
NFF Retains Rohr, to be sent on refresher course at FC Bayern – Pinnick
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NFF Retains Rohr, to be sent on refresher course at FC Bayern – Pinnick

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) might not bow to pressure by a section of Nigerians who want Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr sacked after failng to win the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. NFF president Melvin Amaju Pinnick in tweet with respected Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana said the Federation had no plan to relieve Rohr of his duties despite the Super Eagles crashing out in the semifinal stage of the AFCON. Pinnick said Rohr has met the target set for him by the Federation, despite some rocky and difficult moments they’ve had together, adding that the Franco-German is a good coach by all standards. “Gernot Rohr will not be sacked as Super Eagles coach. He will remain in the job. I have confidence in him,” the NFF president said to @osasuo on Monday night. “Gern...
‘I’ll sack Gernot Rohr if I were NFF boss’ – Segun Odegbami
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‘I’ll sack Gernot Rohr if I were NFF boss’ – Segun Odegbami

Segun Odegbami, a former national team captain says he would have sacked Gernot Rohr after Nigeria’s 2-0 defeat to Madagascar at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations if he were the Nigeria Football Federation boss. Odegbami who was a guest on Channels TV, faulted Rohr’s attitude during Nigeria’s matches, saying the coach was “too relaxed” even when the Nigerian team were losing. He advised the NFF to consider a vocal coach in their next appointment. “If I was in charge of Nigerian football, Gernot Rohr would have been on his way home. I’m sorry that is a bit harsh, but you could see how he selected players, particularly in that match against Madagascar. We could have been out of this competition now, because of his selection of players for that match. See coaches like Jurgen Klopp, J...
Super Eagles players will get $20,000 Each for winning today – Amaju Pinnick
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Super Eagles players will get $20,000 Each for winning today – Amaju Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick today in Egypt, confirmed to the players that they will get $20,000 for winning today's Round of 16 tie vs Cameroon. Watch Video: Every Nigeria ?? Super Eagles player will get $20,000 for winning today’s Round of 16 tie vs Cameroon ?? 3-2. Talk about motivation. #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/YAACcsAKRx — Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) July 6, 2019
Rohr On Verge Of Sack As Super Eagles Coach
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Rohr On Verge Of Sack As Super Eagles Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will not renew Gernot Rohr’s contract as head coach of the Super Eagles, even if he wins the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations; this is authoritative. According to our sources, senior officials who matter at the decision-making echelon of the federation are not impressed by the Rohr’s rather uncommitted handling of the nation’s apex football team. The unimpressive outing of the German and his boys in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations’ Competition (AFCON) has forced the federation officials to ask their lawyers to look at Rohr’s contract, as a first step to terminating his deal with Nigeria, immediately after the AFCON matches on July 19. “The NFF is not impressed with the way the team is playing after Rohr has been given all the support he required a...
Court Orders Arrest Of Pinnick, Other NFF Officials Over Fraud Allegations
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Court Orders Arrest Of Pinnick, Other NFF Officials Over Fraud Allegations

A Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and four other officials of the organisation accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order on Monday after the case involving the NFF officials was called and they were absent in court. Also, the be affected by the arrest order are NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh. The Federal Government had earlier this year filed a 17-count charge, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/93/2019, before the court, in which its accused the NFF officials of alleged misappropriation of $8,400,000 belonging t...
Umahi Congratulates Nigerians As Super Eagles Beat Guinea To Qualify For Round Of 16
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Umahi Congratulates Nigerians As Super Eagles Beat Guinea To Qualify For Round Of 16

Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has congratulated Nigerians for the victory of Super Eagles against Guinea in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation, AFCON, in Egypt. We gathered that Governor Umahi, adjourned State Executive Council Meeting to watch the important match between Nigeria and Guinea. In a statement made available to Igbere TV by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, commended the fighting spirit of the Super Eagles and called for more dedication and patriotism among Nigerians. Umahi said with unity of purpose and total patriotism, Nigeria team has all it takes to go through the tournament and come back with the trophy. He called on the team and management as well as the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to amicably resolve all residual issues arising ...
“We Are Not Owing Super Falcons” – NFF
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“We Are Not Owing Super Falcons” – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation has flatly denied owing players and officials of the senior women national team, Super Falcons any money, in the wake of reports earlier on Sunday that the Falcons were refusing to leave their hotel at the World Cup in France over pay dispute with the Federation. “We have paid the players and officials the entitlements due them for the tournament and other outstanding bonuses and allowances were settled before the team arrived at the World Cup finals,” Shehu Dikko, NFF 2nd Vice President, told thenff.com. The Federation went further to clarify in detail as follows: The monies for the Super Falcons’ preparation and participation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France (and indeed the Super Eagles’ preparation and participation in the AFCON 2...
Nigerians Storm Super Eagles Camp In Cario, Egypt Ahead Of AFCON 2019
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Nigerians Storm Super Eagles Camp In Cario, Egypt Ahead Of AFCON 2019

The Nigeria Football Federation took to their official Twitter account to appreciate Nigerians who came to visit the super eagles camp in Cairo just to wish them well in the coming AFCON 2019. See tweet below.. We appreciate the support of Nigerians in Cairo who visited us in camp just to wish the team a very successful #TotalAFCON2019 campaign. We will not disappoint you #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick Appointed Acting CAF President
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NFF President, Amaju Pinnick Appointed Acting CAF President

The president of the Nigeria Football Federation Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick could take over as the acting president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after French police arrested CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in Paris earlier on Thursday. Ahmad was arrested due to allegations of corruption and financial misappropriation involving a French company, Tactical steel. According to CAF’s bylaws, Pinnick, who is the first vice president, will assume his duties for a transitional period of four months before convening an elective extraordinary meeting. “If the President ceases exercising his functions on a permanent basis the first VicePresident shall assume the presidency, and shall be obliged to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly, in accordance with these Statutes. ...
AFCON 2019: NFF Dispel Fears Over Terrorist Attacks In Egypt
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AFCON 2019: NFF Dispel Fears Over Terrorist Attacks In Egypt

In spite of the recent terrorist attacks in Egypt, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said the forthcoming African Nations Cup will be safe for participants. The NFF assured Nigerians it had been in constant touch with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on the security arrangements for the teams ahead of the competition. The federation has been getting daily situation reports, adding that the owners of the competition would take the right decisions for the security of everybody. “I want to assure Nigerians that the federation would monitor the situation in Egypt and make due consultations before making any pronouncement. The safety of our players is important to the NFF,” NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi said. Reports say an explosion apparently targ...
AFCON: NFF Owing Gernot Rohr Since January
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AFCON: NFF Owing Gernot Rohr Since January

Just a month plus to the beginning of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr is not a happy man. This was revealed to newsmen by a very close source to the team who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The source further revealed that the Franco-German Coach’s contract has been severally breached by the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation who contracted Rohr. “There are certain clauses in the contract of Coach Rohr that is known to only the NFF and the Coach. Since the Coach is a very close friend he has often complained bitterly to me that his financial benefits have not been met by the NFF. “The last time Rohr received his salary was December 2018 and the three months ahead payment was not done as it was widely publicised then....

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