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NFF not averse to constructive criticisms – Gusau

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President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has reiterated that his administration is not opposed to objective, rational and constructive criticisms, as these are only capable of inspiring better performance from anyone in public office.

The NFF supremo made this assertion in Abuja on Tuesday, when the executives of Nigeria Union of Journalists (FCT Correspondents Chapel) paid him a courtesy call in his office.

“Gentlemen of the media are critical stakeholders of Nigeria Football, and they are always welcome here at the Football House, and anywhere there is an event or activity of the NFF. We will continue to show respect and regard for those who inspire us with constructive criticisms that are in the interest of the game, and with the sole objective of making us better administrators.

“There is a lot that we are doing to make things better, but we have opted not to run the game on the pages of newspapers or on social media. We prefer that our work speaks for us loud and clear, and we believe that the results of our efforts will start to manifest in due course.”

Chairman of the NUJ FCT Correspondents Chapel, Mr. Jide Oyekunle lauded the NFF President for his support that enabled the success of the maiden edition of the chapel’s Football Tournament, which took place a couple of months ago and saw nine organizations participating. He said the competition achieved its aim of promoting love and friendship among various organizations within the FCT.

Oyekunle, who was in company with Henrietta Momodu (Financial Secretary), Emmanuel Ehijene (Treasurer), Oyibi Ediri (Assistant Secretary) and Uche Nwudoh (Member), then presented the NFF President with a trophy, medal and certificate of participation as Special Guest of Honour at the tournament, which held while the Super Falcons were at the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in Australia. He praised the present NFF administration for the Falcons’ impressive outing at the World Cup, the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2023 AFCON, the U17 girls’ first-ever bronze-medal accomplishment at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup and the commendable outing of the Flying Eagles at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina.

Also at the occasion were NFF Executive Committee member Alhaji Sharif Rabiu Inuwa; NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire; Idris Abdullahi Musa, Chairman of Kwara State Football Association; Chikelue Iloenyosi, Chairman of Anambra State FA; Faisal Mohammed, Chairman of Kaduna State FA and; Abubakar Barde, Special Assistant to the NFF President.

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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NFF appoints Manu Garba as Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

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The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

The Board of Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former U17 World Cup winner Manu Garba as Head Coach of the Nigeria U17 boys, Golden Eaglets.

 

Garba had, in the same role, led the Golden Eaglets to win the FIFA U17 World Cup for Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 – Nigeria’s fourth triumph at that stage.

 

Garba’s world-conquering squad in 2013 included Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Isaac Success, Musa Mohammed, Chidiebere Nwakali and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu.

 

The squad, which finished as runners-up at the African U17 Championship in Morocco after a penalty shootout defeat by Cote d’Ivoire, defeated Mexico 6-1 in their opening game, drew 3-3 with Sweden and hammered Iraq 5-0. In the Round of 16, they ran Iran ragged 4-1, dispatched Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals and trounced Sweden 3-0 in the semi-finals, before they dislodged Mexico by the same margin in the final to lift the trophy.

 

The former Nigeria international will now immediately resume the role and take charge of the team’s preparations for next month’s WAFU B U17 Championship, taking place in Ghana.

 

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