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Friday, March 12, 2021



Few hours after NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick emerged as Anglophone elected member of the FIFA council, friends, associates and well wishers have started sending congratulatory messages.

First on this list, is the Nigeria minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare. He was emphatic with his words as he saluted Amaju for making Nigeria proud before the committee of Nations. He also used the opportunity to once again appeal to him to use his influence and connections and his new office to help promote, project and propel Africa and Nigeria football

"This is an opportunity to use your new position  to make  Nigerian,  African  and World  football   great again and  make it better than you met it. This is the reward of hardwork  and unity  of purpose. We are better  off when we support  our  collective aspirations  for the development  of our great country. This is an honour  well deserved"

A strong member of the Amaju inner caucus, Bukola Olopade, a former commissioner of sports in Ogun state and one man who labored day and night to see this dream turn a reality, also joined in the celebration after Amaju defeated his opponent Malawi's Walter Nyamilandu by 43 to 8 votes on Friday in Morocco, 

Olopade described the victory as a victory for football and victory for Nigeria. He saluted the courage and doggedness of Amaju Melvin Pinnick and appealed to all Nigerians to rally round him in his new assignment of repostioning world football. 

Nigeria 'Pillar of Sports', Donatus Ejidike on his part said, Amaju has displayed the never say die Nigerian spirit. He described the NFF president as a resilient and hardworking man who is always at the top of his game. He used the opportunity to wish him the very best in his new assignment. 

LMC chairman Shehu Dikko who also doubles as second vice president of the NFF, was full of joy. Dikko witnessed the voting live and endured the gripping tension. At the end, he said this...

    " God has done it for all of us. We are grateful that he has given us cause to celebrate.  Let's join hands and make this our project. Amaju is a Nigerian project, we must unite in our support. I am indeed very happy today". 

NWFL chairperson Aisha Falode became a journalist in Morocco. She dropped her files to interview Amaju after the victory. To her, this is not a journey that started yesterday. Aisha has been a strong promoter of the 'Amaju Pinnick project' and today she went a step further to declare her undying support to the cause by becoming a journalist after many years of partial retirement. 

An elated Amaju Melvin Pinnick stood tall and walked majestically to the podium as Africa stood up to salute a deserving son. A great man who has labored so hard to lift his head above waters. He traveled over twenty countries in one month as he hoped to make a statement of fact. That statement, he made in grandstyle on Friday after emerging FIFA Council member with a 43-8 victory


Today he applied humility and calmness in his thank you message. He thanked president Mohammedu Buharri, the honorable sports minister Sunday Dare, his board members and all other key stakeholders for their support. He promised to use his new position to move world, Africa and Nigeria football to the next level.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

CAF: Algerian Referee Hails Enyimba Stadium Drainage

Nigeria  football fans in their ignorance took to social media few minutes into the CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie between Enyimba of Aba and Rivers United, calling for the head of the contractors incharge of the Enyimba international stadium due to the heavy downpour that left the pitch waterlogged after just 10 minutes of play.

Most of these fans felt disappointed that a pitch that was laid just about three years ago, shouldn't be in such a mess, knowing the huge resources invested into putting it in it's present state. 

However, the center referee for that match, Mehdi ABID CHAREF from Algeria has showered praises on the brains behind the Enyimba international stadium playing pitch, describing the turf as marvelous. 

In what could be seen as the case of a prophet not being appreciated by his kinsmen, Charef said in over 15 years of officiating CAF matches on the continent, he has never seen a pitch as good as this. He said the fact that the water on the pitch dried off after just 10minutes was a miracle. 

Speaking to top officials of Enyimba of Aba who will not want their names mentioned for obvious reasons, the referee said he had to call off the match when it became obvious that the pitch was waterlogged and the ball was no longer bouncing very well as required by the rules.

Few minutes after ordering the players into the dressing rooms, he blew the whistle calling them out again. He said he did so, because after doing a test alongside his two assistant referees, they were shocked and marveled at what they saw. This is miraculous he screamed as two top officials of Enyimba nodded their heads in agreement. 

Enyimba of Aba won on the day by a lone goal and will visit Port Harcourt in a few days time for the return leg.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Brothers Who Have Played for The Super Eagles Of Nigeria

 This is a list of some Brothers that have played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Brothers who have played for 🇳🇬 Super Eagles. Your favourite?

1. Segun & Wole Odegbami

Segun is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was nicknamed Mathematical for his precise style of play. He was also famous for running down the touchline with the ball to prevent opponents from getting it. Odegbami is regarded as one of the greatest Nigerian and African players of all-time.
Segun’s younger brother, Wole Odegbami, is also a former national team player. He is currently a columnist in Nigeria.

2. Augustine & Emmanuel Okocha

Former Premier League star Jay Jay proved more popular than his older brother Emmanuel who played as a midfielder for Enugu Rangers and Super Eagles. Jay Jay proved himself as one of the greatest footballers Nigeria ever had in history after lifting African Cup Nation and Olympic Gold medal plus playing in three in World Cup.

3. John & Peter Utaka

John is a former Nigerian international who currently plays currently plays as a striker for Championnat National 2 side CS Sedan Ardennes in France. Peter is the younger brother plying his trade in Ventforet Kofu, Japan.

4. Nwankwo & Christopher Kanu

Another popular Nigerian football family is the Nwankwos. Kanu’s achievements in the beautiful game made the family famous but the retired footballer who played for the Super Eagles for 16 years from 1994 until 2010 winning Olympics gold in Atalanta 1996 alongside Jay Jay, Babayaro’s and Sunday Oliseh. His younger brother Christopher is also a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a defender for Ajax and Sparta Rotterdam and others also featured in Super Eagles.

5. Emmanuel & Celestine Babayaro

Celestine and Emmanuel are Nigerian football siblings. Emmanuel is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a goalkeeper and best known for being the older brother of former Chelsea and Newcastle United player Celestine Babayaro. Former Chelsea left-back Celestine is more popular and than his brother, Emmanuel was also part of Nigeria’s gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics, a side in which Celestine also appeared.

6. Kalu & Ikechukwu Uche

The Aba-born football duo made their family name prominent through the beautiful game. Kalu, who played for the Nigerian national team as an attacking midfielder spent most of his professional career in Spain, mainly with Almería, with which he amassed La Liga totals of 117 games and 27 goals. Kalu’s younger brother Ikechukwu is also a Nigerian footballer who plays for the Nigerian national team and Spanish club Gimnàstic de Tarragona as a striker. Just like his older brother, Ikechukwu spent most of his football career in Spain.

7. Sunday & Azubuike Oliseh

Oliseh is one of the prominent football family in Nigeria but the name was brought to limelight by Sunday who is the most popular of the Oliseh brothers. Ex-Fortuna Sittard coach Sunday who played as a defensive midfielder during his time in the national team and AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. Azubuike his younger brother also played as a midfielder for Anderlecht, also, his younger brother Egutu Oliseh is a former AS Nancy and QPR midfielder both played for Nigerian

8. Efetobore & Samuel Sodje

Efetobore Peter “Efe” Sodje is a former professional footballer of Nigerian origin who played as a central defender for several English football league clubs. He also represented Nigeria in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2002 World Cup.
Efe’s younger brother, Samuel Okeremute Sodje also played for the Super Eagles for four years from 2005 to 2009.

9. Kelechi & Chidiebere Nwakali

Kelechi is a Nigerian international who plays as a midfielder for FC Porto B, on loan from Premier League club Arsenal, he took the nation by surprise when is individual display against Spanish Laliga giants Atletico Madrid didn’t go unnoticed, while is elder brother Chidiebere also futured in the same game and have received so many call ups to the National team fold.

Monday, November 30, 2020



On Turning 50


I give all glory to God Almighty. It is a milestone and one must look back and reflect on how the journey has been. I am very happy about my journey, which has been mainly about football and business. I am fulfilled with the tremendous success I have achieved in both, and I pray that God will continue to guide my path so that I can accomplish even greater things in all areas. There is nothing that I have achieved of my own power, strength, wisdom or intellect. Everything has been down to God Almighty.


On Journey So Far With NFF Exco


It has been illuminating and educative. In the past six years and three months, we have all worked at not only steering the ship, but doing things differently. We have looked at the strategies, methods and processes and we have tried to make positive changes that would make things easier for those coming into the organization in the years to come. We have planned, toiled, ploughed, planted and prayed, and we still earnestly pray that all will end in praise. Nigerian football has so much potential; we believe the work we have been doing will begin to manifest very soon.


Challenges and Obstacles


There have been quite a number of challenges, odds, hurdles and obstacles. The important thing is we have remained indivisible, united and committed to the larger cause of the interest of the Nigeria game. Our focus has kept us all on the same page: Congress, the Executive Committee, Management and Staff. There have been tribulations and simulated slippery ground here and there, but we have managed to weather it all and stand tall. These trials have not been of our making, but the sincerity of our desire to improve the way things are done for the good of the game has never been in doubt.  


AFCON 2022


At the beginning of November, our expectation was that by now, we would have the ticket to the AFCON 2022 stuck in our pocket. Unfortunately, it did not work out that way. Against Sierra Leone, we scored four goals in 30 minutes and everyone thought it was a done deal.

It was not, and I believe that after that match and then going to Freetown to play another draw with the Leone Stars, the Super Eagles have learnt a big lesson.

Every game deserves not only your best output, but your best output throughout and until the referee’s final whistle. We have had a few conversations with the players and technical crew since then and I am confident this kind of complacency will not rear its head again. Having said that, I believe that we still have the ticket in our hands. We are still top of the group and all we need do is go to Cotonou to pick up three points against the Squirrels in March.


FIFA World Cup 2022


The lessons we learnt against Sierra Leone came at the right time, and will stand us in good stead in the World Cup qualifying series. If we had thrashed the Leone Stars, there would have been the temptation to take Liberia, Cape Verde and Central Africa Republic for granted in the World Cup qualifiers. Now, we know we cannot do anything like that. Every game, from the first one, must be approached with the best legs, mind and best attitude. Each of the six qualifying matches will be war and the knock-out games will be greater war.


Below-par Outing Of Nigerian Clubs In The Continent


I am very disappointed. In as much as we can point to the fact that the League has not started, there is something called the ‘Nigeria spirit’ and we expect teams flying Nigeria’s colours to have that in them. I am at a loss as to how Kano Pillars could be playing away from home, and they led their hosts, only to collapse to a 3-1 defeat. Nigerian teams should be made of sterner stuff. I commend Enyimba FC that won away against their opponents in Ouqgadougou; that is the way to do it. My challenge to the other clubs is to turn things around in the return legs and qualify for the next rounds of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup competitions.


Strengthening The Domestic League


 This is something we talk about among ourselves everyday. I mean, myself and colleagues on the NFF Board talk and toil on this but hurdles always come up. I believe we are getting out of the morass and there is light at the end of the tunnel that we can even see. Our prayer is that everything holds firm and we get things going smoothly as planned. The importance of the league being virile and attractive is not lost on any of us.


Vision for the Nigeria Game

Our vision remains building a sustainable football culture for our dear country. It is non-negotiable. We also are determined to improve football infrastructure and facilities both at national and regional levels, as can be seen in our passionate drive for FIFA projects across the country. We are equally committed to training and re-training, and enabling greater mass participation in the game of football, which is the single biggest unifier of all our peoples across several mental and physical divides, and also serves as robust lure for boys and girls away from all manner of social vices, not to talk of the international image-building component. We are also extremely passionate about developing the game at the grassroots.


FIFA Council Aspiration


I have consulted wide and this is the route I feel comfortable to take for now. Membership of the FIFA Council also confers a lot of responsibility on one and you have the opportunity to make crucial contributions to the running of world football. Things may change in a couple of years, but for now, I am going for the FIFA Council based on the consultations I have had and the plan that is on ground. For the CAF Presidency, we are supporting the aspiration of Dr Patrice Motsepe of South Africa. We believe he has the clout, means and organizational savvy to take CAF from its present low level to a place of regard and respect among the six confederations of FIFA.


NFF Presidency Third Term?


No way! I made my decision even before earning the second mandate on 20th September 2018. I will not be running for the NFF Presidency again. I want to thank the Members of the Congress, my colleagues on the Executive Committee, Management and Staff, and stakeholders of the game for their support. I will be stepping off in 2022 to give another person the opportunity to lead Nigeria Football. That is the truth

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

African football tainted again!

 African football tainted again!

By Bassey Ibiatisuho

FIFA's pronouncement of a five-year ban from all football related activity on the President of CAF, Africa's football governing body, Ahmad Ahmad did not come to many as a surprise, but rather left millions of football loving Africans wondering to what extent the beautiful game has been betrayed, battered and looted by those entrusted to develop football in the continent.

When Ahmad Ahmad took over the presidency of CAF in March 2017, he pledged to develop the game of football on the continent and reform the scandal-tainted organisation. He also promised to introduce a new code of ethics and extend ethics checks on African football officials. His vision was seen to be consistent and attractive to that of newly elected FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, who was on a mission to salvage the reputation of the football governing body.

Unfortunately, two years later Ahmad became a subject of a FIFA ethics investigation after his former Secretary-General Amr Fahmy made various allegations to football’s world governing body against the Malagasy which led to his ban for five years from all football related activity on November 23, 2020 following the report of the independent Ethics Committee which found him guilty of corruption and abuse of office. A ban which came four months before the expiration of his tenure in March 2021.

The latest ban which is also the biggest for the African continent is one out of many imposed by Infantino's led FIFA on CAF officials found guilty of various extra-curricula activities.

In 2016, FIFA banned Bootun Balkrishna from Mauritania for four years from all football related activity for match manipulation incident. In that same year, three former officials of the South African Football Association, Leslie Sedibe, a former SAFA chief executive, was banned for five years by Fifa’s ethics committee. Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, both former heads of the SAFA’s refereeing department, were each banned for two years. The cases were linked to that of the former SAFA executive member and head of referees Lindile Kika, who was banned for six years by Fifa in October of the previous year.

In 2017, Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey was banned for life by FIFA after being found guilty of influencing the result of a World Cup qualifying match.

In 2018, Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a documentary showing African officials allegedly engaging in acts of corruption.

The documentary prompted the Ghanaian government to dissolve the country's FA and forced its football chief Kwesi Nyantakyi to resign from the top positions he held with FIFA as a council member and CAF as a Vice President.

Assistant referee David Laryea was banned for life while six other Ghanaian referees and assistant referees as well as a CAF technical instructor, Wellington Joseph were banned for 10 years for corruption. Fourteen other referees and assistants from Benin, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Congo, Madagascar, Ghana and Liberia, including Hamada Nampiandraza, who was a referee at the 2013 African Cup of Nations were also provisionally suspended following a meeting of CAF's disciplinary board.

Adel Range Marwa, a Kenyan World Cup-bound referee who was filmed accepting a cash gift, was banned for life and removed by Fifa from its list of officials for Russia 2018 while Nigeria's chief coach Salisu Yusuf was another victim of Anas's investigations, as he was caught on camera accepting cash from undercover journalists posing as football agents who wanted him to select two players for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Match-fixing, sexual misconduct, bribery, financial misappropriation, deal-swapping, votes buying, unilateral decisions by FA, unsporting bargaining, match manipulation, league mismanagement and many other underhand dealings and corrupt practices from member countries to the confederation have perpetually kept African football undeveloped, unattractive and untrusted.

Its been a-free-for-all corruption in CAF the last three years, it is now time for FIFA to redeem the image of football in the continent. The FIFA General Delegate for Africa led by General Secretary Fatma Samoura must see to it that their task of improving the professionalism of the organisation and supporting growth and development of football in all African countries is comprehensive and the forensic audit of CAF should be extended to various national FAs.

This is the time to win back the trust of football fans and reform CAF, which has become a symbol of corruption following years of scandals. National governments must collaborate with FIFA to liberate the beautiful game of football from corrupted individuals who have tainted the objective and role football plays in national and continental development.

Monday, November 23, 2020

BREAKING: CAF President Banned By FIFA

 Confederation of African football president Ahmad Ahmad was banned for five years by FIFA on Monday for financial misconduct.

The ban was announced during the Madagascan official’s campaign to be re-elected for four more years as the head of African soccer. His position also makes him a FIFA vice president.

The FIFA ethics committee found “Ahmad had breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as the CAF President.”

Ahmad’s first four-year term was clouded with allegations of financial wrongdoing and misconduct at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo.

The CAF election is scheduled for March 12 in Rabat, Morocco.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

ANFSC Throw Gates Open For Nigerians To Cheer The Super Eagles To Victory.

 ANFSC Throw Gates Open For Nigerians To Cheer The Super Eagles To Victory.

The President of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Prince Abayomi Ogunjimi has said that the supporters club has put finishing touches towards having a live viewing centre for fans of the Super Eagles to come and support the team as they take on the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in an AFCON 2021 qualifier on Friday 12th of November 2021.

Prince, Ogunjimi made this known while featuring on Silverbird Television's Sports cafe on Thursday 12th of  November.

According to Prince Ogunjimi,  "Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club has always being the 12th man for the Super Eagles and other national teams but the common enemy (Covid-19) has made that difficult this time but we still believe that the Super Eagles will soar over the Leone Stars"

Remember that the Super Eagles are scheduled to play behind closed doors due to Covid-19 regulations as stipulated by CAF, the NCDC and the PTF 

NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode on Monday said only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigeria time.

“I am excited by the sense of dedication and commitment exhibited by the players. We have not played a competitive match in a long time, but they look very ready and good to go. We expect at least four points in these two matches.” Prince Abayomi said. 

In this light, the Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club has thrown open the gates of the  National Secretariat situated at 96, Ogunlana drive, Surulere Lagos for Nigerians to cheer the Super Eagles to victory with lots of entertainment, refreshments and other side attractions. 

All that is required for admission into our hall to watch the game is to come wearing your Nigerian jersey, face mask and a means of identification.

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