NFF SG labels allegations against Keshi as rumours

Secretary-General of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Mohammed Sanusi has reacted in a noncommittal manner to allegations of bribery being hurdled at late ex-coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi by some former players in the team. Rather than make any categorical statement on the issue, which was first aired by ex-Germany-based attacker, Chinedu Obasi, then by Taye Taiwo, Imoh Ezekiel and a couple of others, Sanusi said he or anyone else in the soccer governing body cannot speak on the matter since no one has come forward with a…

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Fresh appreciates congress, ready for action

A board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’, has appreciated football stakeholders in the country for their support for hisre-election into NFF executive committee on Thursday (September 20). The Niger State Football Association boss specifically extended his gratitude to the NFF Congressmen who voted for him. “I appreciates all the 44 Congressmen of the NFF who found it worthy to give me the mandate to continue on the NFF board headed by Amaju Pinnick,” Fresh said. The member of Confederation of Africa Football Technical and Development…

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I bear no grudge, I’m proud of Pinnick – Maigari

  A former President of the Nigeria Football Federation and contestant in the NFF General election held on Thursday in Kastina, Aminu Maigari, has congratulated the winner of the polls Amaju Pinnick, saying he merited to continue at the saddle. Pinnick polled 34 votes to beat Maigari who garnered paltry eight to retain his position as the NFF In a show of sportsmanship Maigari embraced Pinnick shortly after the result was announced saying that he had no grudge against his successor. He said the important thing was the development of…

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NFF election: Federation awaits clearance from AGF over court orders

…as FIFA, CAF name observers for polls   The Nigeria Football Federation may get a respite to go ahead with the Thursday’s election as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Federation, Abubakar Malami, is set to give the NFF the clearance despite a court order stopping the polls. Players’ union, National Association of Nigerian Footballers, at the weekend secured an injunction stopping the federation from going ahead with the elections slated for Thursday in Katsina but our correspondent learnt that although the federation was yet to get the…

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Football crisis won’t affect Eagles –NFF

We’ve learnt from mistakes –Akinwunmimed   The Nigeria Football Federation has vowed to learn from the past mistakes of losing grip of the administration of the game due to football crisis and politics. First Vice President of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, stated that the board was fully focused on winning the ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon next summer. He noted the inability of the Super Eagles to qualify for one of the last two editions of the Nations Cup was due to leadership crisis…

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Nigeria makes frantic moves to avert FIFA ban

There are moves by top government functionaries, ministry of sports and the Nigeria Football Federation top shots to reconcile the parties involved in the crisis affecting the country’s football in the past six weeks. The weekend was generally quiet in terms of news and developments over the impending ban but New Telegraph can authoritatively reveal that there were crucial meetings that took place at the weekend to resolve the imbroglio. It was learnt that meetings took place in Abuja and Lagos with a view to convince parties involved to shift…

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NFF crisis: League players welcome Osinbajo’s intervention

●Beg for end to crisis   Players in the Nigeria Professional Football League have welcomed the recent intervention of the Acting President of the country, Yemi Osinbajo, in the ongoing crisis that engulfed the Nigeria Football Federation. Osinbajo during the week met behind closed doors with the Minister of Sports and Youth Development Solomon Dalung at the presidential villa, Abuja. The meeting which was in relation to the crisis rocking the NFF was attended by its President, Amaju Pinnick. Though the agenda of the meeting was not made public, the…

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FIFA can’t ban Nigeria, Giwa’s lawyer says

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A lawyer, Ardzard Habilla, has said that the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) cannot ban Nigeria over the lingering leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which needed to be sorted out internally by the country’s judiciary. Habilla, who is counsel to Chris Giwa, an NFF factional President, said this in Abuja on Thursday while addressing newsmen on the threat by FIFA to ban Nigeria from all football activities following intervention by the court. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Giwa had dragged the Pinnick-led board…

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NFF Crisis: Don’t destroy Nigeria’s football, Esin cries out

Asks for total concentration against Seychelles   Ex-international, Etim Esin, has warned all the gladiators in the Nigeria Football Federation’s crisis, to find a lasting solution to the problem so as not to destroy the country’s football. Speaking with New Telegraph at the weekend, Esin said football and the youth would be the greatest loser if the crisis continue. According to him, anyone interested in leading the NFF should go to the poll and contest instead of causing trouble that might lead to FIFA banning Nigeria. “We don’t need all…

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NFF: Aminu heads ministry’s reconciliation committee

A six-man Elders Stakeholders Reconciliation Committee to ensure a peaceful resolution of the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation has been inaugurated. The committee was set up following a decision taken at the Stakeholders Roundtable on Governance Challenges of the NFF held on July 24, 2018. Inaugurating the Committee, Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports noted the lingering crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation which has impeded the desired growth and development of football in the country. He said that except personal interests were set aside, the…

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