AFCON U-23: Nwakali, first foreign-based to arrive camp

Huesca of Spain striker, Kelechi Nwakali, was the first overseas-based professional to arrive Dream Team training camp ahead of next month’s U-23 African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt. But Nwakali, who has not enjoyed regular playing time at Spanish second club Huesca, will undergo special training to ensure he is match fit for the tournament,camp sources said. “A special drill has been designed for him that will ensure he is match-fit,” a team official told New Telegraph. He had his first training with the team Thursday morning. Despite Nwakali’s…

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Court orders arrest of Amaju Pinnick, other NFF officials over alleged $8m fraud

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, as well as four other officials of the organisation accused of misappropriating funds belonging to the football body. According to reports, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the order after defendants were absent in court. Ojukwu also ordered the arrest of NFF Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.

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Alleged $9.5m FIFA Grant : Court reserves ruling in EFCC application to join Pinnick, Sanusi

Amaju Pinnick

An FCT High Court, Maitama, on Thursday reserved ruling in the application filed by the EFCC , to join the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick and Secretary-General, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, in the alleged misappropriation of 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant. EFCC dragged three officials of Federation before the court in an alleged 9.5 million dollars FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants. Those being tried earlier were Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan…

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NFF president Pinnick, four others charged with $8,400, N4bn fraud

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Pinnick, and four other officers of the federation have been charged by the Federal Government with an alleged misappropriation of $8,400 said to have been paid by FIFA to the NFF. It was alleged that the money was paid by FIFA to the NFF as Nigeria’s appearance fees in the group state of the Brazil 2014 World Cup. The five defendants were also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn” belonging to the NFF without the consent…

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Pinnick, in Dakar, assures CAF will pick best candidate to host 2019 AFCON

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick, on Monday in Dakar, Senegal pledged that the African football –ruling body will vote for the best –qualified candidate between Egypt and South Africa to host this year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals. Pinnick, who is also President of the AFCON Organising Committee, told thenff.com that his committee has analysed the strengths of the two bidding nations and would advise CAF on the better option ahead of Wednesday’s…

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Pinnick makes history, returns as NFF president

As Seyi Akinwunmi returns as First Vice President The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and First Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, Amaju Pinnick has made history as he was voted in for the second term in the office today. It is the first time in 61 years that a President of the football federation is retaining his position. Pinnick defeated former president of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, former Secretary General of the federation, Taiwo Ogunjobi and a club owner, Chinedu Okoye, to return as the…

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BREAKING: Nigeria escapes FIFA ban

Laolu Akande, the senior special assistant to the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Media on Monday doused tension over the impending FIFA on Nigeria. On his Twitter handle @akandeoj, Akande revealed that the Federal Government has assured FIFA at the weekend that the country will comply with the statutes of the world football body. The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current & only NFF Exco. Govt will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in…

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FIFA only recognises Pinnick as NFF president – Infantino

Amaju Pinnick

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino says the world football ruling body recognises only Amaju Pinnick as president of Nigeria Football Federation, and will not accept any outside interference in NFF’s affairs. Infantino, while responding to questions at a press conference in Moscow on Friday, said Pinnick was duly elected and in accordance with FIFA rules. “The situation is very clear. Pinnick was duly elected some years ago, and FIFA is aware of all this. “It is also clear to all within the family that there can be no interference in the…

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Pinnick appointed CAF’s vice president

The embattled president of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has been appointed the new 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football. Pinnick replaced Ghana’s Kwesi Nyantakyi who was forced to resign after a corruption case levelled against him.. In a communique from CAF, Pinnick was appointed after CAF President Dr. Ahmad Ahmad consulted the members of the emergency committee. “The CAF President, after consulting with members of the emergency committee have appointed Amaju Pinnick as CAF 1st Vice President” “The decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with…

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NFF President Amaju Pinnick sacked, Dalung directs Glass House to recognise Giwa as President

Amaju Pinnick

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development has directed the Nigeria Football Federation, a parastatal under it, to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014. The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said in a statement that the directive followed a written notification signed for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami,…

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