NFF to hammer sanctions on Akwa Ibom Football Association
Akwa Ibom State Football Association to face possible sanctions for violating NFF instructions.
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The Nigeria Football Federation had ordered the Akwa Ibom State Football Association to temporarily suspend elections in the state pending formal investigation and inquiry into a complaint filed by Rt. Hon Nse Essien to the NFF Elections Committee.
In a letter dated 18th May 2023, the NFF wrote
” We Present to you the warm compliments of the President, Executive Board, Management and Staff of the Nigeria Football Federation. I wish to inform you that a petition lodged at the NFF Secretariat in respect of the fourth coming elections into the Executive Board of your State Football Association.
In View of the above, I am directed to inform you that your election should be put on-hold for a while. Further details would be communicated to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance.”
The Akwa Ibom State FA against the order of the Nigeria Football Federation ignored the order and went ahead to hold the elections announcing Samuel Utuk the Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Football Association. According to our source in the FA, no official from the NFF Elections Committee was present as at the time of election as mandatory to have per NFF for someone from the elections committee to be present.
The Nigeria Football Federation have yet to make an official announcement or response to to the Akwa Ibom FA elections which was conducted against their will but it is certain that the Akwa Ibom State Football Association will be facing serious sanctions.
A source in the NFF confirmed that ” Such elections is not valid or recognized by the glass house. The FA is an affiliate of the NFF and without us as the governing body, they seize to exist. The FA runs on the rules and conditions of the NFF and as such does not entirely have an independent power especially over matters like this. I’m sure sanctions will befall them sooner or later, as for the elections, to us there was no elections held in Akwa Ibom”.
Nse Essien if allowed to participate in the election will be the preferred candidate of the people.
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The Nigeria Football Federation has reiterated that the Interim Management Committee of Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) headed by Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye will be allowed to remain in office and conclude its mandate before any decision can be taken on a board for the NPFL.
This much was explained yesterday by the President of NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau yesterday: “Let me once more commend the IMC for the great job it is doing to reposition the elite division of our domestic League. We are enamoured by the way and manner the Board has gone about its mandate and everyone can see the transparency, probity and seriousness the members have attached to their tasks.
“The IMC will remain in office to complete their tenure as extended by the NFF a couple of months ago. Afterwards, the NFF Executive Committee will meet to decide on the best way forward. However, new Boards of the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nigeria Nationwide League One will be constituted within the next one month,” Gusau added.
It can be recalled that on 21st October 2022, the IMC was inaugurated by the NFF President, with an initial mandate of three months, and a number of terms of reference aimed at engendering a new life generally for Nigeria’s elite division. In January this year, the mandate was extended till the end of the current NPFL Season, which is 31st May 2023.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF NFF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HELD AT THE NFF SECRETARIAT ON MONDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY 2023
The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation met on Monday, 13th February 2023 at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja to deliberate on important issues in Nigeria Football and resolved as follows:
1) The Board thanked the Federal Government for its continued support and encouragement to the various National Teams, and prayed for safety and security, as well as peace and tranquility to rule nationwide during the forthcoming elections into various positions across the land.
2) While expressing satisfaction with the general preparations of the U20 Boys’ National Team, Flying Eagles for the upcoming Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Egypt (during which the team has remained unbeaten in 18 friendly matches), the Board charged the team to go all out for a ticket to the FIFA U20 World Cup finals by reaching the semi-finals in Egypt, after which it must now aim determinedly for the trophy. It pledged to provide all necessary support to the team as well as motivate the squad in an extra way to attain its objectives.
3) With commendations for world football -governing body, FIFA for its greater attention, interest and commitment of funds to women’s football, the Executive Committee expressed delight that Nigeria will be participating in the Four-Nation Revelation Cup Tournament holding in Leon, Mexico 15th -21st February 2023. It praised the wisdom behind getting the Super Falcons into the preparatory tourney ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand this summer, noting that the other three participating nations, viz Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia are also World Cup-bound. It was also pleased that the Falcons will be participating in another preparatory tournament in Turkey in April.
4) The Board exhorted the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles, to leave no stone unturned in amassing all six points from their upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying quickfire-double against Guinea Bissau next month, while projecting that those six points will make the team unassailable in its group contest for a spot at the AFCON finals, ahead of the final qualifying matches against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome & Principe.
5) Similarly, the Board charged the U23 Boys, Olympic Eagles to go all out and defeat their opponents, Guinea, home and away in their final qualification fixture for the U23 Africa Cup of Nations, at which Africa’s flagbearers for next year’s Olympic Men’s Football Tournament will emerge.
6) The Board expressed satisfaction with the preparations of the U17 Boys, Golden Eaglets for this year’s Africa U17 Cup of Nations scheduled for Algeria 29th April – 19th May, but asserted that the Board and indeed Nigerians from all walks of life expect nothing less than a World Cup ticket from the squad, and in fact the continental title as a matter of course.
7) In affirming that the grand finale of this year’s Federation Cup competition will hold a week before the last matches of the Nigeria Premier Football League season, the Executive Committee stated that this will allow the winner to prepare adequately for the task of flying the country’s flag creditably at the CAF Confederation Cup. It observed that failure to adhere to the calendar/lack of any in the past few years was the principal reason for Nigeria’s recent poor show in continental club competitions.
8) The Board unanimously endorsed a proposal by its President to utilize the residual funds from FIFA Forward 2.0 and the proposed funds from the incipient FIFA Forward 3.0 for the construction of a befitting hostel accommodation for the National Teams, and the construction of two Football Pitches (one natural turf and one synthetic turf) for use by the Teams at the Goal Project section, Package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
9) With regards to the proposed Guidelines for the establishment of Football Academies in the country, the Executive Committee charged the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT to be ready to work assiduously towards enforcing the guidelines in their various jurisdictions.
IN ATTENDANCE: Ibrahim Musa Gusau (President); Felix Anyansi-Agwu (1st Vice President); Yusuf Ahmed (Member); Babagana Kalli (Member); Ganiyu Majekodunmi (Member); Sunday Dele-Ajayi (Member); Nse Essien (Member); Margaret Icheen (Member); Timothy Henman Magaji (Member); Mohammed Sanusi (Secretary).
ABSENT WITH APOLOGY: Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (Member); Aisha Falode (Member).
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