NFF: No Cause For Alam Over Eagles’ Losses In Friendlies

The Nigeria Football Federation says the two recent losses by the Super Eagles in international friendly games should not make the team’s faithful panic the ahead of the 2018 World Cup billed to kick off on Thursday, June 14 in Russia.

General Secretary of the federation, Dr Sanusi Mohammed, tried to calm tensed nerves soon after the Super Eagles followed an earlier 2-1 loss to England with a lone goal defeat to Czech Republic in Austria on Wednesday. He insisted the team will respond positively to the losses when the 2018 World Cup starts.

“We are not worried by these defeats suffered in friendly games. These are friendly games and they are meant to try new tactics and blend the team, the results don’t really matter because I know our boys were not at their best. There is no cause for alarm, the Super Eagles will bounce back, Sanusi told newsmen.

“You know the boys are not giving their best because they don’t want to sustain injury before the start of the World Cup. They are playing safe and I am sure they will go full blast when they face Croatia next week.

“The NFF have done their part in preparing the team for the World Cup, it is now left for the them to reciprocate the gesture by getting results in Russia. Nigerians should believe that the team will deliver in Russia.”

“Players are not Scared to Take Part in the Game”, NFF

Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, said the players are 100 per cent focused on prosecuting the game without any Ebola worries, adding that they have also been training well, and are in a good state of mind to drill their opponents.

“There is no panic among the players ahead of the DR Congo friendly. All modalities for the success of the tie have been put in place. It is false the information that players are scared to take part in the game.

“The training has been going on well and football fans are eager to watch the team. The match will still take place on Monday as scheduled. There is no problem in the camp,” he stated.The international friendly in preparation for the Russia 2018 World Cup, is slated for the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

As the Super Eagles prepare to tread tackles with their counterpart from Democratic Republic of Congo tomorrow, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says there is no cause for alarm over the reported outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in that country.

We Are Not Afraid Of Super Eagles Opponents In Russia – NFF

The Super Eagles are not afraid of any opposition in Russia at the World Cup because they are well motivated; the Nigeria Football Federation’s 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, has said.

Seyi Akinwunmi told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos that the NFF had confidence in the team.

“Nigeria is blessed with young talented footballers who are capable of bringing good results.

“We are not scared of the teams in our group, we are happy with the team, we have a blend of experienced and young and fit players; a good squad with a good coach.

“The friendly matches are good testimonies of the Eagles preparation for the World Cup. We have played Argentina and Poland and we defeated both teams; both games are good enough to test the waters.

“Before those games, nobody gave us a chance, but football is football, as long as players give their all, the result will be positive.

“Our youth development system is working because we said few years ago that we want to lower the average age of our senior team which we have achieved,’’ he said.

Akinwumi said though Nigeria had yet to reach the height expected, the football house would stop at nothing to improve the lots of the national team.

“Although it is not yet uhuru for us, we are still working on something that is enduring for the team, so we are hopeful.

“We have a team well motivated enough to face any opposition at the World Cup; individually we are not scared of any team. The team’s responsibility is just to play football.

“What we have done is to prepare better for the World Cup than what we have done in the past. We have everything prepared in terms of logistics, training, accommodation and welfare.

“We are happy with what we have on ground and there is no worry in the camp at all, anything that may come up will be just a minor issue,’’ he said.

NAN reports that Nigeria is in Group D alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina for the Mundial.

(NAN)

Pinnick: No Going Back On PH Hosting Nigeria-DRC Pre-World Cup

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that the friendly game between Nigeria and Congo will be hosted in Port Harcourt in May.

The Super Eagles had been earlier slated to trade tackles with the Red Devils of Congo at the Abuja National Stadium but subsequent arrangements are been put in place for a new venue to host the game which is one of the remaining tune up fixtures before Nigeria play their first world cup game.

Speaking to news men in a press briefing at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday, shortly after an inspection of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium Port Harcourt, the NFF president assured that the international friendly between the two African countries on 28th of next month will be take place at the venue.

“Most importantly we look at the facilities, and they are top notch”, Pinnick stated.

“We are happy with what we have seen so we will definitely be playing our game here on the 28 of May against the Democratic Republic of Congo, that have been confirmed, seal and delivered.”

The NFF supremo equally explained that the team can be hosted in any part of the country and not just Port Harcourt as other cities in the country will not be neglected.

“Everywhere is home to the Super Eagles, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Minna, Uyo, Delta, anywhere can be home to the Eagles because they are Super Eagles of Nigeria.”

After meeting the African nation, Nigeria would travel to face off against England at Wembley before rounding off their preparations for the competition versus Czech Republic.

‘NFF Electoral Committee Meet To Ensure Free, Fair Polls’

The Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) electoral committee will ensure that all the candidates for the positions have equal opportunity to test their popularity among the electorate at the polls scheduled for September 29, chairman of the committee, Mohammed Sani Katu has promised.

Katu, who told thenff.com at the weekend that the committee had been meeting to work out a programme that would ensure free and fair polls, said the guidelines and timelines for the exercise would soon be rolled out in line with the provisions of the NFF Electoral Code.

“We have started our work, with a number of meetings. The committee is committed to doing its work fully in line with the dictates of the Electoral Code and to ensure the best –ever NFF Elections come September.

 

“It is a huge responsibility that we have been saddled with but we are very much equal to the task and will ensure that we stage elections that the winners and the losers would be happy about.”

The members of the NFF Electoral Committee and the NFF Electoral Appeals Committee for the forthcoming elections were elected at the NFF General Assembly that held in Jos, Plateau State on October 19, 2017. It was at one of its recent meetings that the electoral panel elected Mohammed Sani Katu, a lawyer, as its chairman.

Katu heads the electoral body that also has Mr. Sani Salawu, S. C. A. Umeha, Olusola Oke and Mr. Mohammed Manzo as members, while the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, is the secretary. Standby members are Isong Isang and Mohammed Aliyu Sambo.

A. U. Mustapha (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), who is also president of the CAF Appeals Panel, heads the NFF Electoral Appeals Committee, with Mr. Mojeed Adegbindin and Gbwen Alex Gbejule as members, and NFF Head of Legal Unit, Okey Obi, as secretary. Standby members are Sir Emma Ochiagha and Mohammed Zanna Mala.

NFF Requests State FAs To Appoint Integrity Officers

The Nigeria Football Federation has, in line with the implementation of its National Integrity Initiative Guidelines, requested that each of the Football Associations of the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory nominate two individuals as State Integrity Officer and Assistant State Integrity Officer respectively.

In a statement signed by the General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi on Thursday, the State Football Associations are expected to nominate persons of good character and exemplary behaviour for these positions. It is advised that one of these two persons should be a female, and names of the individuals should reach the Nigeria Football Federation on or before Monday, 16th April 2018.

The statement read, inter alia: “The individuals must also possess other qualifications which include being a graduate; they must not currently hold any office in the State FA; they must be computer –literate; they must be able to conduct trainings using Microsoft Power Point Application; they must be able to write very good reports; they must be resident in the State; they must also produce verifiable source of living; they must be of good character and integrity; they must produce a security report from the State Police Command clearing him/her of any criminal indictment and; must not be more than 45 years old.

“The Nigeria Football Federation will do due diligence on recommended applicants and approve if convinced all criteria have been met,” the statement read, while also warning that the names of the preferred candidates should be sent on the letter –headed paper of the State FA to the National Integrity Officer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa.

NFF Top Shots Visit Ikeme In Hospital

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a very heart warming visit to  Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme had been the super Eagles first choice before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola.

But in some few months ago, he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing at English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers and had to undergo chemotherapy.

On Monday, as the Super Eagles prepared for tonight’s World Cup friendly against Serbia in London, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, led a delegation of NFF top shots and team staff to visit Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, where he is being treated, the NFF said in a press release on Monday.

In the delegation also were NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi, Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu and team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.

Pinnick said: “We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre- World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”

Pinnick further assured the goalkeeper that he would be fully captured in the team’s financial benefits for Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup “as we all remember the role you played in helping us get off to a winning start in the final phase of qualifiers in Ndola against Zambia.

“We believe this is just a phase that will pass away. You will come out of it stronger and still be able to do what you love to do the best, both for your club and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”

Enebi, said: “On behalf of the team, we want to reassure you of our love. The entire team would have been here to see you if we were not playing against Serbia. Coach Gernot Rohr, the technical and backroom staff are all praying for your speedy recovery. The team asked that I present this autographed jersey, signed by all the players, to you. It is our new kit for the World Cup.”

Agu, who is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, said: “As your goalkeeper coach in the national team, I know you are a fighter, you never give up. I believe these attributes will see you through. We will always be there for you as you recover from this illness.”

An ecstatic Ikeme, moved by all the kind words, responded: “I am so overwhelmed by this show of love. I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, everyday, on social media. I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.”

CAF, NFF Celebrate Ex-Eagles Defender Taribo At 44

The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have sent birthday shoutouts to former Super Eagles defender Taribo West who turns 44 on Monday.
Both CAF and NFF took to their verified Twitter handles to send their birthday wishes to the former defender.
According to Africa’s football governing body:”Happy 44th birthday to former Nigerian international and Olympic gold medalist, Taribo West.”
While the NFF wrote:”Happy birthday to former Nigeria SuperEagles hard tackling defender, Taribo West. Thank you for the memories. Any one miss this super defence Trojan?”
West featured for  AC Milan, Inter Milan, Auxerre,  Derby County, FC Kaiserslautern and FK Partizan.
At Inter, he won the 1998 UEFA Cup (now Europa League) alongside the likes of Ronaldo De Lima of Brazil, Chile legend Ivan Zamorano, Argentina duo Javier Zanetti and Diego Simeone (current Atletico Madrid manager).
He was a member of Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles that won gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
He represented Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana/Nigeria 2000 and Mali 2002 and also France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002 World Cups.

NFF Sign New 3-Year Contract With Tom Tom

The Nigerian Football Federation has renewed its contract agreements with one of the country’s leading confectioneries, Cadbury PLC as official candy as official sponsors.

The official contract signing of the agreement took place on Friday in lagos.

Present at the event were the Managing Director of Cadbury, Amir Shamsi; ‎Brand Manager, Cadbury Candy, Mr Aruleba Olumide; President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick and NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko, as well as officials of Cadbury.

Shamsi revealed in his speech at the occasion that the deal was not about signing but renewing the partnership with the NFF after 10 years.

“TomTom has been a trusted Nigerian brand all through these years and will continue to give millions of Nigerians the desired soothing relief and refreshment,” he stated.

“We are not just about signing but renewing our partnership with the NFF.”

The NFF’s second vice-president Dikko added: “The new deal with TomTom is three years and the two parties will continue working together to take football to the next level so that it will be a win-win situation,” Dikko revealed during the official signing in Lagos.

NFF Appoints Committees

The President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick on Tuesday inaugurated the federation’s new audit committee and the technical study group at the NFF secretariat in  Abuja.

Pinnick praised Sunday dele Ajayi  an  executive committee member of the body who is heading the committee for his  contribution to sports  development. He will celebrate his birthday next week.

He said,  “Otunba is a fit and proper person for the role given his huge experience in the financial sector and his calm, collected and mature disposition.

“The audit committee will complement the efforts of our external auditors PriceWaterHouse Coopers and much is expected of them.”

The federation boss  said  the technical study group would function as a committee, collating, analysing and putting at the disposal of the NFF data and ideas  that can enhance the rapid development of  football in  Nigeria.

Pinnick said, “The chairman, Alhaji Abba Yola, needs no introduction. He is someone who has seen it all in sports administration and we  thank him immensely for accepting to serve Nigerian football in this capacity. In due course, members of the technical study group will be attached to the various national teams to impact on those teams.”