NFF APPOINTS TOPMOST STRIKER, TOBECHUKWU AS MEDIA OFFICERS.

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the appointment of Mr. Babafemi Raji also known as the Topmost striker as the new Media Officer of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles. He takes over from Mr. Toyin Ibitoye who has been in the post for five-and-half years.

Raji, according to the statement by the NFF media department, presently the Group Manager, Programmes and Contents in Brila Media Group, started sports journalism as a freelancer with NTA Ile-Ife between 2003 – 2006 while studying at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. On graduation with Bachelor of Arts in English, he joined Radio Brila, Nigeria’s first all-sport radio station in 2008. He was a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Media Committee set up by the tournament sponsors, and is a certified management consultant and a fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants.

Also on Tuesday, the NFF announced the appointment of Mrs Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu as the Media Officer of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons. She takes over from Miss Jane Onyinye Nweze.

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu, popularly known as tobexSports, is an astute women football advocate and a writer with passion for domestic women’s league. A Federal Government scholar as the second best graduating student in mass communication at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, she holds a master’s degree in the same discipline from the Lagos State University. She’s a former footballer herself, having played for clubs like Hamza Queens, Flamming Flamingos and Ibom Angels before pursuing her education further.

NFF’s Director of Media and Communications, Ademola Olajire, praised Mr Ibitoye and Miss Nweze for excellent services rendered while they were with the Super Eagles and the Super Falcons respectively, and wished both of them good fortune in their future endeavours. “Mr Ibitoye and Miss Nweze were superb to work with. They demonstrated excellent people skills and acuity, and were diligent, energetic and knowledgeable. We wish them the very best in their endeavours going forward.”

MISPLACED PRIORITIES, MAJOR BANE OF THE NIGERIA FOOTBALL FEDERATION

By Ajibola Kazeem.

Why is NFF investing more time and energy on Anambra FA election when they have a more critical issues at hand to deal with?

The final standings for 2019/2020 league season is yet to be made public as adoption and application of PPG becomes a mystery and mirage in this part of the world.

One million dollars ($1m) FIFA grant is in the cooler for the NFF to share yet nothing is been said on how they plan to judiciously spend the fund, rather Pinnick claimed they’re waiting to mop up sponsors intervention funds before they could reach decision. But right there in Ghana, Sierra Leone and other part of the world, their FAs already mapped out plans and made to the public how the funds is going be expended long before they received the money from FIFA.

And I asked again, is NFF tacitly deviating public attention from the real issue?

FAKE NEWS: SHEHU DIKKO DEBUNKS STORY OF LMC ENDING SEASON IN CHINA

Chairman on the league management company (LMC), Mallam Shehu Dikko has refute claims circulating that the LMC are considering ending the season in China.

Responding to the story published by busybuddiesng.com in Talk about NPFL, NNL Whatsapp group, Mallam Dikko said its simply a fake news.

In his words, “It’s simply FAKE NEWS… Sad though this is how low some can go in the name of driving traffic to their sites…Just yesterday Mauritania FA said they will be spending 3million Mauritania Francs (about $320k) to support their system and someone deliberately reported that they will be spending $3m USD so it will trend”.

The League was suspended after match day 25 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus and the LMC are only waiting for go ahead from the Federal Government as they are willing to end the season.

SHEHU DIKKO EXPLAINS CONDITIONS HINGING ON NPFL CONTINUATION

The Chairman of the League Management Company LMC Alhaji Shehu Dikko says the decision to continue the league is now hinging on the situation of the country as well as a go ahead from the Federal Government and advise from the Ministry of youth and Sports and its Health Counterpart.

In an interview monitored on Top sports this Tuesday, the LMC boss who doubles as the Second Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation said a decision has been reached between the League governing body, the NFF and the clubs, but the current situation in the country warrants a go ahead from the Federal Government.

In his words, Dikko said “I think we already have our first contact with the clubs, NFF and everybody and the first objective is to wait and see what the government is doing and see how the country will open”.

He added that “Let’s see if we can complete the season, if we cannot do that, let’s ensure that whatever we are doing, we are doing it on sporting merits”.

The League was suspended after match day 25 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus which led to major sporting events across the globe been halted.

Though few teams including Enyimba and Rangers have got some outstanding games to be played.

Some countries have already called off their leagues due to the pandemic while others are holding on for a clear coast to continue and wrap up the season.

READ: COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF NFF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HELD VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING ON FRIDAY, 24TH APRIL 2020

The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation met via video conferencing on Friday, 24th April 2020 to deliberate on important issues in Nigerian Football and resolved as follows:

1. The Executive Committee praised the Federal Government on the various policies, strategies and methods that have been put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that has ravaged most of the nations of the world in the past weeks, noting that the FG’s measures have been professional, practical and all-encompassing, and meeting with considerable success. Members also commended the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and all the public health workers in the frontline in reducing community transmission and saving lives.

2. In deep appreciation of the realities that are bound to unfold after the COVID-19 pandemic and the resumption of football activities, and the various scenarios possible in the circumstances (for which the discerning can already glean a sneak preview), the Board set up an ad-hoc committee headed by the President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to interface with the Federation’s partners and sponsors in the next weeks with a view to appraising, balancing and optimising the relationship each way with a model that will take care of the interest of all parties within the realities on ground.

3. Board mandated the General Secretary to, within the next four (4) weeks, and armed with the realistic projections derivable from the meetings with the partners/sponsors and equipped with new figures from probable subvention from Government and expected grants from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and world –governing body FIFA, submit to the Board a revised budget for the Federation for the year. This will form the new working document/financial estimate that will be submitted to the NFF Congress for approval at a virtual meeting within the next five weeks, and will guide the operations of the NFF for the remaining part of the year. Extensive sensitisation and mobilisation of stakeholders in the football family will be done for everyone to understand, align with and ingest the new workplan.

4. In line with these new realities, the Federation will prioritize programs, activities and competitions in which to partake, with the engagement of the senior teams being the fulcrum. The President and General Secretary are mandated to cut down expenses from all areas possible and enforce belt-tightening measures in the running of the Federation, to ensure the Federation operates only within the framework of guaranteed revenue.

5. The Board received and endorsed the report of a virtual meeting of the League Management Company and NPFL clubs held on Thursday, 23rd April 2020 and at which decisions were taken including commitment to: conclude the League season after the COVID-19 and resumption of football activities; consider the most plausible format for conclusion of the remaining games; continue to communicate with the Clubs and ensure commitment by the clubs to continuous payment of the salaries of their players, coaches and backroom staff under the current circumstances; arrange testing for all players, coaches and backroom staff (about 1,200 persons in all) before the commencement of matches, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC; await realities thence to determine whether matches will be played with crowds or not immediately after the restart; give priority to privately-funded clubs for special funds if the LMC secures any exceptional support and; ensure that the LMC and NPFL continue to cogitate on the best way forward for the game this season and coming seasons.

6. In the same vein, the Chairmen of the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and Nigeria Nationwide League also presented their projections, with all the three prepared to adjust their programs to align with the 6-8 weeks window agreed with at a virtual meeting of the NFF Board and the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on Thursday, 16th April 2020.

7. The Committee mandated the President to meet with the Federation’s Official Optimum Partner, AITEO specially to discuss matters involving the AITEO Cup 2020 competition and payment of coaches’ salaries. The NFF will create windows for the various stages of the AITEO Cup competition to run its full course in order for Nigeria to register her representatives for next season’s CAF Confederation Cup competition. Similarly, the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship, which state competitions have already been concluded (with some zones having also completed their competitions) will run its full course immediately after the COVID-19 and resumption of football activities.

8. Following a report by the General Secretary on the recent visit of the FIFA West Zone B Coordinator to Nigeria in respect of NFF’s FIFA Forward Project, the Board approved the commencement of construction of the new projects in Delta and Kebbi States, renewed attention to the abandoned project in Bauchi and the renovation of the Goal Project inside the National Stadium Complex, Abuja (complete with a new pitch and pavillion).

IN ATTENDANCE: Amaju Melvin Pinnick (President); Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President); Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President); Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Member); Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Member); Babagana Kalli (Member); Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (Member); Ganiyu Majekodunmi (Member); Emmanuel Ibah (Member); Chidi Ofo Okenwa (Member); Aisha Falode (Member); Mohammed Alkali (Member); Mohammed Sanusi (Secretary)

ABSENT WITH APOLOGY: Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ (Member); Musa A. Duhu (Member)

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THE AIM IS TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT I CAN DO AT THIS LEVEL- VICTOR OSIMHEN

Newly signed Lille Metropole Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen says he has always aimed for the top, adding that he is willing to show he can compete in any top League.

The Former Junior International signed a five year deal with the French Ligue 1 outfit yesterday in a deal worth twelve million Euros.

He said “To God be the glory, I’m glad this is happening, and I can’t wait to show the world what I can do at this level”

“I really can’t wait to start helping my team and start representing my nation Nigeria”.

Many are of the opinion that Osimhen is the French Club’s replacement for Nicholas Pepe who has teamed up with English side Arsenal

LILLE SIGNS OSIMHEN ON A FIVE YEAR DEAL

French Club Lille Metropole have announced the signing of Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen from Sporting Charleroi on a five year deal.

The former Junior International has put pen to paper after passing medicals with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Lille on their official Twitter handle said “A big #LOSC welcome to our newest signing, forward Victor Osimhen, who joins us from Sporting Charleroi on a five-year deal!”

Many believe Osimhen is a suitable replacement for Ivorian forward Nicholas Pepe who has moved on to join Arsenal in England.

Osimhen scored 20 goals in all Competitions for Charleroi last season and is expected to better than tally in France due to his current form.

ETEBO REACTS TO VIRAL DEFAMATORY VIDEO

Super Eagles and Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Peter Etebo has reacted to the defamatory video making rounds about him.

In a press statement released by the Head of Media and Communication of
Etebo Oghenekaro Peter Foundation, Bayo Adegboyega, the malicious attempt to put the name of the energetic mildfilder into disrepute via the viral video was debunked.

Our attention has been drawn to a perceived sponsored video on Instagram credited to one G- Papa directed at Super Eagles Midfielder Etebo Oghenekaro.

G- Papa in the video claimed Etebo left his roots and forgot everything about Warri, immediately he made money, He also added that the Stoke City man has refused to give back to the club that raised him in Warri, Delta State.

Let me categorically state that the claims of G-Papa are not only false, but Malicious, destructive, defamatory, spiteful, venomous and evil.

There would have been no need for a response, but well meaning Nigerians who Etebo represents deserves to be abreast of some things, they also need to know that Etebo Oghenekaro Peter is a man who respects his roots and will never stop identifying and representing.

Firstly, as regards relocation, every individual has the fundamental right to move at any point in life, without certification from another individual, Etebo is not an exception, He is human.

Another scary thing Nigerians may not know is that one Mr. Joel Okolakpa, popularly known as Noja, the owner of Etebo’s youth team serially and consistently threatened to break Etebo’s legs if he steps into Warri, though Etebo reported to the Police and will not stop visiting Warri, whenever he is in the country, Noja has consistently acted violently due to his own selfish interest and sense of entitlements.

Noja, in 2016 slapped Mr Eddie Ogbemudia, Etebo’s long time ally and representative in Etebo’s family house, when they requested to get the N3m share from the N10M Noja collected from Hon. Kunle Soname for Etebo’s move to CD Fereinse in Portugal, as earlier agreed in Senegal during the Africa Under 23 Cup Of Nations, despite also collecting a Highlander Jeep, Noja refused to pay Etebo till date and won’t stop threatening, basically, Noja feels Etebo is obligated to pay him monthly salaries.

It may shock you to read that Etebo Oghenekaro regularly paid 20 percent of his wages at Warri Wolves to Noja, even after Noja had collected transfer fees from Warri Wolves.

Etebo’s move to Las Palmas in Spain and Stoke City has generated more than a N100m naira for Noja’s club, Lord Honour FC, so I’m shocked to hear that He isn’t buying them jerseys.

Etebo, until recently personally sponsored trips and pay match bonuses to players of the club, as a way of giving back to the roots that brought him up, I really would not know why such a man with a good heart will be a subject of ridicule and attack.

Etebo has prioritised giving back to society, due to the fact that he is also a product of the street, through Etebo Oghenekaro Peter Foundation, which is in Warri, Delta State, He has spent over N30m in his pet project for humanity.

Through this Foundation, Public Schools across Delta State have also benefitted from the benevolence of Etebo, in July 2018, Schools in Delta state were visited by a team from the foundation, led by Etebo himself to distribute school items, in November 2018, more than ten thousand text books and other items were also distributed to another 64 primary Schools in Delta State.

Do I need to also mention the team’s visit to Kids Orphanage homes? Widows of fallen heroes were also reached out to, among other money consuming projects.

Unfortunately, G-Papa obviously was either fed with the wrong information, or decided to be ignorant or bitterly interested in pulling down a pillar of support, he also said that a friend of Etebo had his wedding and He refused to show up, categorically I am stating that the man in question is not even Etebo’s friend, he is actually the team manager of his grassroot club, Mr Omodiagbe Usiaho the relationship existing between them is strictly professional, still at that, Etebo financially sponsored His wedding from the beginning to the end, but couldn’t attend because the following day was his own traditional marriage.

Let me state categorically that the video will not in anyway stop him from touching lives in his own little way, Etebo Oghenekaro loves the street, loves Warri and Delta State as a whole, His parents still resides in Delta State till date, and they represent him daily in reaching out to those in need, Etebo’s close friends can also attest to the fact that He is always available to be of help whenever they call on him

He contributed his quota to the education of a little school girl, Success, who was sent away from school some months back, there are also some assistance he has rendered, just like every other golden hearted individuals, which is better without the media hype.

Few weeks ago, he invited his friends John Ogu and Victor Osimhen to Summer Camp With Etebo sponsored by SpringSoca Academy in Lagos where they played and trained with hundreds of kids.

Etebo Oghenekaro Peter has also confirmed that arrangements are in top gear to stage a grassroot football competition in Warri, Delta State, details will be made public as soon as possible.

Etebo Oghenekaro is hereby restating his resolve and commitment to always identify with his people, he also appreciates everyone who has supported and still supporting his football career one way or the other.

FIDELIS ILECHUKWU, HAKEEM BUSARI PRESENT AT JC INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL ACADEMY COACHING CLINIC


The need to engage grassroots coaches in training, seminars and clinics on the trend of modern day coaching has once again been brought to the fore as a veritable tool for developing Football at the grassroots level.

The needs were highlighted by the Chairman, JC International Football Academy, United States based Dr. Joseph Ogunsanya on Saturday at a coaching clinic in Papalanto, Ewekoro Local Government, Ogun State.

Dr Ogunsaya while reacting to questions from the media as regards his reasons for putting a lot of money, time and resources into the event said “Long time ago, I took a US team to Sweden to play, I fell in love with what I saw in Sweden, kids were camped in a hostel, a very big pitch was in use, and then I decided that I will come up with something like that later in future, that’s the Genesis of the JC International Football Academy”.

“The Second aspect is the coaching clinic, which is strictly for the grassroot coaches, it is the second edition because I knew I need to give something back to Nigeria”.

Dr Ogunsaya who confirmed that the future of any country’s national team begins with imparting knowledge in the grassroots coaches appreciated his Wife for her continuous support since the dream started.

One of the Clinic instructors, Head Coach of MFM FC Fidelis Ilechukwu was full of praises for the organizers, he said he was stunned to know that a gargantuan edifice for sports development was erected in that area.

On the Coaches clinic proper, Fidelis Ilechukwu said “We learn everyday, this is quite huge and massive, I must commend the organizer for the opportunity given, I initially wanted to attend as a classroom student because I believe no knowledge is lost, but then, I learnt a lot as an instructor too”.

“I am quite optimistic that the grassroot coaches have learnt a whole lot, I urge all of them to be patient and take life as it comes”.

Also in attendance were the head coach and assistant coach of Gateway United, Hakeem Busari and Shakiru Lawal and the Chairman Ogun State Football Coaches Association, Mr Olaseinde Bankole among other Football Coaches.

Hakeem Busari also heaped praises on the organizers, adding that “This clinic should come up at least twice a year, it beats my imagination and we have all learnt one thing or the other which will help us going forward”.

After the clinic proper, there was a novelty match between the coaches and players of JC International Academy which ended 1-1 at full time.

N.I.S REFORMATION FC CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF MAIDEN ABEOKUTA YOUTH FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Samson Oke, Charles Smith and Abiodun Oladimeji were all on target as N.I.S Reformation football club of Ijeja clinched the inaugural edition of the Abeokuta youth Football Championship at the expense of Eleven Captain FC of Adigbe after a 3-1 Victory at the Muda Lawal stadium, Asero, Ogun State.

Samson Oke (13) and Charles Smith (23) had put the Ijeja Warriors two goals ahead, only for Onyema Paschal to half the deficit in the 38th minute to give Eleven Captain some glimpse of hope.

Abiodun Oladimeji then put the game beyond the eventual losers with a 41st minute strike.

Earlier in the day, Comprehensive Academy of Irepodun beat Ajegunle Boys to a third place finish with a 1-0 Victory at the same venue.

A giant Trophy was presented to the eventual champions, while medals were also distributed.

Individual awards including the top scorer gong, most valuable player and best goalkeeper were also given.

In attendance were former chairman house committee on sports, Ogun State House Of Assembly, Hon. Allen Taylor, the President of Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association Of Nigeria FIBAN, Comrade Desmond Nwachukwu, Chairman, sports writer Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter, Alhaji Hakeem Akintunde, his OGTV counterpart Bunmi Adigun among others.

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