Chairmanship aspirant calls for transparency in Nasarawa FA elections
Abuja, April 24, 2019 A chairmanship aspirant in Nasarawa State Nigerian Football Association (NFA), Mr Haliru Ibrahim, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure transparency in the elections.
Ibrahim made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
NNN reports that the elections scheduled for May 27 across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are to elect new officials for the state football associations.
Ibrahim, popularly known as ‘’Zee’’ said the call to Glass House became necessary given the manner the outgoing executives in Nasarawa had been handling the election process.
“NFF should ensure that Nasarawa FA election is credible and acceptable to everybody.
“It should not be a one man show, somebody should not sit down in his house and determine what happens in a popular sport like football for the entire state.
“I want NFF to please come into the matter and solve this problem.
“There was NFF communique in November 2018 that all the states and FCT should organise their congresses and start the process of conducting their next FA elections.
“Nasarawa FA did not respond to that until over one month, Mohammad Alkali-led exco only realised the need for a congress after some of us (aspirants) held a media briefing on the matter.
“What they did earlier was to organise something that was not in any way near a congress. They handpicked everyone, including Electoral College members.
“It was the electoral guidelines which NFF had to approve that made them rush down to Abuja and realised such election could not stand.
“I think some NFF national leaders were aware of developments in Nasarawa FA that was when they started selling forms to interested aspirants.
“We later bought forms to contest for various posts, I bought to contest for chairmanship position. They called us for screening.
“It was in the process of going for the screening that we got a hint that they would disqualify us if we ever go for the screening.
“I wonder why one will be disqualified for following laid down rules.
“We went for the screening and up till now, we have not heard anything from them, we only heard some people saying we have been disqualified, no letter or any form of notification to that effect.
“As far as I and other contestants in my group are concerned, we are still in the race for Nasarawa FA election.
“We therefore, call for NFF’s intervention to exercise our right to vie for posts in a free and fair atmosphere.’’
“The competition availed the state FA of the opportunity to discover good talents in the state.
“Good football administration should be felt at the grassroots by both the players and officials, that is what I am bringing on board,” he said.
NNN reports that NFF has given all the state FAs deadline between May 26 and June 30, for their board executive officers’ elections.
2019/2020 NPFL: Sunshine Stars beat title-holders Enyimba
Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure on Wednesday beat Enyimba Internatonal FC of Aba 1-0 in a Match Day 4 fixture of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the match’s only goal came in the 10th minute.
Abia had in the 50th minute missed scoring from 18 yards after facing Enyimba’s goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali face to face.
All efforts by the visitors to equalise were rebuffed by the home team to ensure maximum the three points were kept in the kitty.
The Technical Adviser of Sunshine Stars, Kabiru Dogo, later said he was happy his team picked the maximum three points from the game.
Dogo said he was much more happy that his team was creating scoring chances, adding that it was a matter of time before his team would be scoring more goals.
“I am very happy, if you look at the calibre of opposition we played, and we secured victory. We have to appreciate God and the players,” he said.
Speaking also, Omaka said he was happy to have scored in an encounter against the current NPFL champions.
On his part, the Head Coach of Enyimba FC, Usman Abd’Allah, said the first formation he planned to use in the match did not work out.
“This forced us into making quick substitutions in the second half,’’ he said.
Abd’Allah was however quick to point out that the match was a good game generally, in view of having o play against a strong home team.
NAN reports that Sunshine Stars now have five points from three matches.
(Edited by Dorcas Jonah and Olawale Alabi (NAN))
NPFL: Jigawa Golden Stars beat Pillars 1-0 in Kano
Kano Pillars made three changes in the second half and every effort to salvage a draw proved abortive as the newly promoted side claimed the three points in the Pyramid City.
Speaking with newsmen after the match, Jigawa Coach, Rabiu Tata, commended his players for their team work and fighting spirit.
“I need to appreciate the boys for their effort today, for keeping and playing to instructions. They maintained the tempo of the game from the beginning until the end.
“We played well, and I must commend my young team for beating a good and experienced club like Kano Pillars,” he said.
Pillars Coach, Ibrahim Musa, said the club would focus on winning subsequent games.
He also said that his team would gradually pick up from the situation they found themselves.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Pillars management gave three match ultimatum to the technical crew of the club last week after losing at home to Lobi stars.
Pillars now have one point from three matches played so far and occupy 18th position in the league table.
Edited by Tayo Ikujuni/Tukur Muntari. (NAN)
Nasarawa United, Plateau United draw 1-1, host club official blames referees for fans’ misbehaviour
Also, Bala Nikyu, the Head Coach of Nasarawa United, was among victims of the attacks instigated by fans who felt that the match had been poorly officiated.
Players and officials of Plateau United FC were forced into the middle of the pitch till police reinforcements were in place to ensure their safety out of the stadium.
NAN reports that even before the end of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture, tension had heightened in the spectators stands.
There was an agitation among the home club fans about the club’s poor performance since the beginning of the new season, and a good result was needed to douse tension.
When Nasarawa United’s Anas Yusuf scored in the 43rd minute, it seemed possible the home side would record their first win of the season.
But a glancing header by Mustapha Ibrahim made it 1-1 in the 54th minute to change the match’s complexion and for the fans to begin to express their frustration verbally.
NAN reports that the situation got worse with centre referee Bashir Salihu’s decision to overlook a tackle on a Nasarawa United player in their opponents’ penalty area late during the game.
The angry home fans were then joined by other fans who trooped into the stadium after the match ended, throwing stones, chairs and other objects at the referees.
It was during the attack on the match officials that an object hit the head of Nikyu, who was then quickly attended to by the club’s medical team.
In a reaction, Eche Amos, the Media Officer of Nasarawa United, who expressed sadness over the incident, blamed poor officiating for the violent melee.
“It’s quite unfortunate what happened today, but I think that our referees need to up their game, because part of what caused this situation is poor officiating,” he said.
A Nasarawa United FC supporter, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that aside the poor officiating, the fans were also reacting to the way “Nasarawa United players had been treated in away fixtures recently’’.
“In Katsina where we (the club) played an away match recently, they threatened to kill our players and the referees if the home side did not win the match there.
“Because of that, two penalty kicks were awarded to the Katsina United team and they won. Why will anyone then expect us to watch and not do anything? It is not possible.
“If this league must move forward, there must be fairness both for away and home teams so that even if you lose at home, you can still have hope that if you go away and play well, you will win,’’ he said.
(Edited by Olawale Alabi (NAN))
Ezeonwuka wants more football actions in upgraded Rojenny football stadium
Ezeonwuka wants more football actions in upgraded Rojenny stadium
Oba (Anambra), Nov. 20, 2019 Rommy Ezeonwuka, the P0roprietor of Rojenny Stadium and Games Village, Oba in Anambra, says his facility remains one of the best but most under-utilised football stadium in the country.
Ezeonwuka made the assertion on Tuesday when he conducted newsmen round to see the ongoing upgrade work at the stadium in Oba, near Onitsha.
He called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and football administrators to visit the stadium and “’see the quality of the pitch and serenity of the environment at Rojenny”.
He said the facility was available for camping, training and for competitive football matches as well as athletics with eight lane tartan tracks around the pitch.
The proprietor said night matches could now be played at the stadium alongside other games.
“As you can see, the dimensions are FIFA standards with installed floodlight for night games.
“Rojenny is another home for Nigerian football, remember this is where the 1993 Kanu Nwankwo Golden Eaglets camped before they went to Japan to rule the world.
“You will agree that that team is the best U-17 Nigeria has produced.
“What we suffer here is effective use of this facility; Nigeria must look inwards and explore what we have.
“Camping here will not only build the individuals, it will instill team spirit because of the atmosphere,” he said.
He said Rojenny stadium was being prepared in readiness for the Nigeria Police Games which would be hosted in Anambra in 2020.
Ezeonwuka also called on the state government to direct some of its sporting activities to Rojenny and save the facility from lying idle.
“The secret of Rojenny is for government to package sporting competitions in this place so that it does not continue to lay idle,” he said.
(Edited by Buhari Bolaji/Peter Ejiofor (NAN))
Kida commends D’Tigress for defeating Mali in semifinals
The President, Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Musa Kida, has commended the senior women’s national team for beating Mali in the semifinals of the FIBA Africa Pre-Olympic qualifying game on Sunday.
According to him, with the men already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games, no stone will be left unturned to see that Nigeria’s chances of a podium finish is brightened with the presence of D’Tigress.
Kida lauded the players for their dedication in the face of stiff opposition in Maputo which he described as gruelling.
“It was very gruelling for them after all these qualifiers that never used to happen before.
“Nigeria has made proof of basketball in the world.
“I have no doubt about it and as such, 2020 is going to be a good year to show that Nigeria’s basketball has come of age.
“Nigeria and Mozambique will join 14 other countries from America, Asia-Oceania and Europeto fight for the 10 available slots to the Olympics.
“As already announced by the Federation of International Basketball Associations, Belgium, China, France and Serbia have been picked to host the Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) from Feb. 6 to 9 2020.
“Official draw ceremony will take place on the 30th of November at the FIBA headquarters,” Kids said in a statement.
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Tambuwal charges Sokoto Utd. FC to strive harder in winning
Tambuwal, who spoke while inaugurating the new club restated his administration’s commitment toward providing an enabling environment for the sports men and women in the state to display their talents.
“As we all witness today Sokoto state has branded, formidable football team that is capable of competing with other clubs in the national football league.
“As such I implore on the club that is to start the Nigerian football league season to work hard to ensure victory in the league matches,” he said.
The Governor commended sports managers in the state for their efforts aimed at taking the game of football and other sporting activities to a greater level.
Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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