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NFF is looking for another coach to replace Keshi


After losing 3-2 to Congo, 1-0 to a meek Sudanese side, drawing with South Africa and being at the bottom of Group A with a single point after three rounds of matches in the qualifying tournament for Morocco 2015, it looks like the Nigeria Football Federation is getting ready to replace Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.

The NFF have said they won’t make any hasty decisions on Keshi’s future but will wait till the match tomorrow to know what step to take next. Sports analyst believe that if the Super Eagles fail to win the match tomorrow, then Keshi can as well kiss his job goodbye.

The NFF board will meet today and tomorrow after the match to determine where to go from here but there are strong indications that they are already looking for a replacement for the coach.

Meanwhile, Keshi has revealed that he has several countries waiting to hire him should he be sacked

House Committee Declare August 26 NFF Congress Illegal

The House Committee on Sport chaired by Godfrey Gaiya have declared the elective congress into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on August 26 as illegal.

This followed a series of public hearing involving all stakeholders, such as the minister for sport Tammy Danagogo.

“The agenda for Tuesday, August 26, was a non-elective congress and the said elections did not follow NFF statutes,” noted Gaiya.

Nigeria Football Federation.

Gaiya as well called on concerned parties to come to terms with a Fifa letter, dated September 3, so as to avoid a long-standing suspension threat and as such conduct a new poll along with the NFF statutes.

“We urge all parties to adhere to the directives of a Fifa letter dated September 3, which advised for a congress to design a roadmap for elections before an elective congress,” he said.

“Those occupying the NFF office should therefore vacate before the Fifa deadline.

“And all eligible Nigerians should be allowed to participate freely and fairly in fresh elections as announced by the congress.”

Chris Giwa emerge as new NFF president

NFF Congress Aug2014

Chairman of Nigeria Professional League side Giwa Football Club, Christopher Giwa, has been elected as the new president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Giwa received 27 votes, to beat former vice-president Mike Umeh, who got only two votes. 29 members out of 44 participated in the voting exercise.

The elections were held, after some NFF chieftains including the Musa Adamu, the Secretary General were arrested by men from the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and detained.

After the storm calmed a bit, Frank Ike Chude then swore in the elected officials.

Mysterious Fire Guts Part of NFF Office, Leaves Accounts Intact

Part of the headquarters of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was gutted by a mysterious fire at the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The inferno was said to have started around 9:40am with thick plume visible above the NFF Headquarters, Abuja Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Headquarters of NAFDAC in Zone 1.

It took more than an hour before the Federal Fire Service could put out the inferno, which caused pandemonium around the area.

NFF Office in Abuja on Fire.

The office of the general secretary and those of other principal officers of the federation was gutted. However, the federation’s account are understood to be intact.

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire disclosed that the incident started with an electrical fault in one of the offices on the second floor.

“Some of us just arrived and were still outside the building when smoke started coming out of one of the offices on the second floor. The maintenance officers did their best to put it out but could not,” he narrated.

“We then started calling the Fire Service department and they came in good time. But then the fire had broken out and affected some offices on the left win, including the general secretary’s office and the IT Unit. However, the accounts department, which is on the right wing, as well as the president’s office, were not affected in any way.”

The incident comes on the back of a purported power tussle within the ranks of the football family ahead of the forthcoming Executive Congress.

NFF president Aminu Maigari just returned to office on Monday after Fifa had ruled his impeachment by some members of the executive committee as unlawful.

Maigari chaired an ExCo meeting at the office on Tuesday, with a faction of its members- led by vice-president Mike Umeh (acting president during Maigari’s absence- staying away.

FIFA reinstates Maigari as NFF president


FIFA has overturned the impeachment of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was impeached as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation.

This was communicated in a letter signed by Markus Kattner, who is FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General.

“The NFF Congress will exercise its sovereign power through the electoral process which shall be open to everybody and managed by the electoral committees elected by the Congress in their entirety,” the letter read.

“Furthermore, we advise you that President Maigari must preside over the NFF Congress on 26 August.”

Maigari was removed after eight member of the NFF executive board, signed a document on July 24

Keshi tells NFF: “I deserve more than N10m monthly”

Keshi in training

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, has told the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), that he should be earning more than the N10m, which he is being offered in his new contract.

Emma Addo, who is Keshi’s spokesperson told journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, that the Big Boss has received a bigger offer from an Angolan club.

“Keshi is bigger than N10 million,” he said. “He is not a 5 or 10 million naira coach. A club in Angola is ready to offer him $120,000 (N18 million) a month.”

Keshi’s legal adviser, Francis Koza, was also present at the media briefing and had in his possession, a copy of the new deal the NFF has proposed to Keshi.

“He can cut short his holiday. He is on alert to come but I can assure you he won’t be here on Friday until his contract I’m holding is agreed upon,” Koza added.

“It has to be a give and take arrangement, we would not sign any contract that does not take care of his interest,” Keshi’s spokesperson added.

Another man, who claims to be Keshi’s brother, said in another statement that the coach will not be intimidated into signing a contract extension with Nigeria.

“I want to stress that he (Keshi) will not be intimidated or blackmailed into accepting the contract as proposed by the federation.

“The federation has always been aware of the September 6th qualifying match; this is no excuse to rush our client into signing a contract that he (has) serious objections about certain parts.

“Statements portraying or capable of portraying our client as unreasonable must be avoided. “We hope both sides will be able to reach common grounds on the issues that our client has reservations about.”

NFF offer Keshi new contract worth N7m a month


According to new reports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has tabled a new deal for Stephen Keshi worth about N7m per month. Keshi, whose previous deal ran out after the 2014 World Cup, was earning N5m per month. The Big Boss was heavily linked with the South Africa job, but after SAFA chose a new manager, the Big Boss is expected to sign the new contract and continue with the Super Eagles. “We have had meetings with Keshi and the good news is that he is willing to continue as coach of the Super Eagles,” an NFF official told AfricanFootball. “He is only concerned that most of the fringe benefits in his contract were not provided and demands better treatment from the Federation. “I think the first step was a success and we will build on it because the (2015 Africa Cup of Nations) qualifiers are not far away.” The African champions will begin the defence of their title in September. They have been drawn against Sudan, South Africa and Congo/Rwanda.

FIFA threatens to sanction Nigeria over Maigari, NFF; Danagogo denies government interference

Nigeria pray June2014

World football governing body FIFA, has criticized the move, which saw Alhaji Aminu Maigari finally ousted as NFF chairman and claimed that it represents outside interference.

FIFA has always maintained that the every country’s football associations must be independent bodies, without influence from third parties.

Maigari’s removal was endorsed by the Extra-Ordinary General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which took place at the Bolingo Hotels and Towers in Abuja on Saturday. The NFF boss had been sacked by a Plateau Court last week, along with members of his Executive Committee.

“FIFA has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expressing its great concern over different actions taken by Nigerian public authorities that affect the NFF,” its statement read.

“FIFA has learnt from various sources that the NFF has been served with court processes and that consequently an order restraining the President of the NFF, his executive committee members and the NFF congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football has been granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“FIFA has also taken note of the detention of NFF President Aminu Maigari, carried out by representatives of the department of the State Security Service. Furthermore, FIFA is also aware that the Minister of Sport has appointed an assistant director to take charge of the NFF.

“FIFA has reminded the NFF that all FIFA member associations have to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties.

“The NFF has been asked to relay FIFA’s position to the relevant authorities and inform them that if the aforementioned NFF officials are not fully reinstated by Tuesday 8 July 2014 the case will be referred to the appropriate FIFA bodies for sanctions, including the potential suspension of the NFF.

“FIFA will not recognize any person or organ not elected in compliance with the NFF statutes… and therefore it will not consider the appointment made by the minister of sports. An elective congress has been duly convened by the NFF for 26 August 2014 and only decisions and persons elected then will be considered legitimate.”

However, the Minister of Sports Tammy Danagogo has stood up in defence of government’s actions saying, “we will do our best to make FIFA know that there has been no government interference. We have no such intention.

“And I can assure you that we will not interfere beyond doing what is legally required by Fifa rules, and that we will ensure that there is a peaceful atmosphere.”

6 countries want me – Stephen Keshi

Super Eagles World Cup-bound coach Stephen Keshi has claimed he is wanted by at least six other countries. Keshi’s future after the World Cup is uncertain, but the former international skipper said he is focused on leading Nigeria to a successful campaign at Brazil 2014.

“Six countries are calling on me, so Nigeria will not be the last country for me to coach,” claimed ‘Big Boss’ Keshi.

Keshi, who guided the Super Eagles to a third Africa Cup of Nations last year and also qualified the country to a fifth World Cup, has been rumoured to have interested South Africa.
The 52-year-old coach has previously handled Togo and Mali.

He has endured a frosty relationship with his employers the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in his third-year in charge of the country’s team.

He quit his post moments after he led Nigeria to win the 2013 AFCON in South Africa, citing differences with the NFF leadership.

He would later rescind his decision after the intervention of top government officials.

He was also at the heart of a national debate that raged over whether he would need additional assistance at the World Cup in Brazil.

However, he has most recently maintained he has enjoyed a good working relationship with the football federation.

He has also said he would be willing to continue as Nigeria coach “if the terms are right”.

Nigeria have featured in four World Cups and after each of these campaigns they have changed coaches.

World Cup Preparation On Track- Maigari

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has assured the nation that preparations for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil are in top gear.

Speaking during Tuesday’s meeting with Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi, Maigari, also revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the NFF budget for the football showpiece.

NFF President Aminu Maigari Says World Cup Preparations are in Top Gear.

“For our preparation, we are very muc on track and we have received the president’s approval for the World Cup funding,” Maigari said.

“We are not under any form of pressure and it is our belief that the Eagles will do well at the World cup and we need everybody’s input to actualise it.

TRAGEDY: Former Eagles’ Player Dies In Lagos

Former Nigeria’s football player, Albert Onyeawuna has been reported dead at aged 78 years.

According to family sources, the late Onyeawuna, who was renowned for his dribbling skills during the 1950s and 1960s, died on Monday at a clinic in Lagos.

He was reported to have been sick for several months before he passed on late last night.


* NFF president, Ibrahim Maigari mourns the death of the late Albert Onyeawuna

The late Onyeawuna debuted for Nigeria’s national team then called the Red Devils on October 30, 1955 and played his last game for the country on March 26 1964. He scored seven goals in 26 games.

He was the star of the Port Harcourt team in the 1950s and scored twice as they beat Kano 4-1 in the 1955 Challenge Cup.

He also shone as his team won the Challenge Cup beating Federal United 6-1 in 1958.

Onyeawuna played in Nigeria’s first ever African Cup of Nations in Ghana in 1963.

Some of his contemporaries include the likes of Sam Ibiam, Dan Anyiam, Asuquo Ekpe, Godwin Achebe, Dejo Fayemi, Patrick Noquaqor, Paul Hamilton, Fabian Duru, Teslim Balogun and Elkana Onyeali.

Onyeawuna retired from the game and invested very well but at his old age, he had serious challenges with his sight. Payments for eye surgeries from an auto accident practically wiped out all his investments.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Tuesday expressed sorrow over his death.

The football body also mourn the passing of Kaduna United FC Head Coach Saleh Lato and five players of Nigeria Nationwide League side Bakoji FC of Kaduna, who died in a car accident during the festive period.

2014 World Cup: Keshi Unveils 35-Man List In Abuja

Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi is expected to unveil his 36-man provisional list for the Brazil 2014 World Cup when he holds a meeting with the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, in Abuja today.


According to reports, Keshi would defend his list of invited players for the Super Eagles pre-World Cup camp while the technical committee members are also expected to assure the coach on their support for the World Cup campaign.

The Super Eagles list has been shrouded in controversy after Keshi’s recent comment that he would not include Villarreal of Spain striker Ikechukwu Uche in his provisional squad.


 * Osaze Odemwingie is expected to make a return to Super Eagles team list today

There have been speculations that the likes of Stoke City’s Osaze Odemwingie and Chinedu Ogbuke Obasi of Shalke 04 would make a surprise return to the team.

A report stated at the weekend that Keshi had short-listed six home based players and 29 foreign based players in his provisional list.

Some of the notable players expected in the provisional squad include, Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Onazi, Vincent Enyeama and Chigozie Agbim.

The NFF’s Executive Board is expected to meet in the future to ratify whatever decisions reached at the meeting between the technical committee and Keshi today.

Mike Umeh, NFF’s first Vice President said the board’s duty is to see how to enhance the team’s performance at the World Cup.

The 2014 World Cup starts on 12 June and ends 13 July in Brazil.

Source: Vanguard


Emeka Inyama says that there is no tension between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi as all previous disagreements have been amicably resolved.Inyama who is the Chairman of the NFF’s Media and Publicity Committee revealed that the issues that led the Federation to query Keshi have been amicably resolved after the tactician satisfactorily answered to the query.

“I want to use this platform to clarify that the Federation does not have any plans whatsoever to hire any other coach for the World Cup,” he assured.“We have confidence in Stephen Keshi and we will support him to win. We are focused on the World Cup and in two months’ time, we will go to Brazil and come back with a commendable result,” he added.


NFF Approves Emmanuel Amunike as Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach

NFF Approves Emmanuel Amunike as Golden Eaglets' Head Coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the appointment of former Nigerian International, Emmanuel Amunike, as the new head coach of the Nigerian male U-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets.

This has been confirmed by the head of the NFF’s technical committee, Emmanuel Ikpeme, in an interview to BBC Sport.

He stated that that Amunike’s appointment was borne out of the need for continuity, since Amunike was an assistant to Manu Garba, who led the Golden Eaglets to World Cup glory in 2013.

“We have opted for continuity because these coaches are highly experienced and qualified to continue with the progress we are making.

“We’ve had a couple of disappointing experiences in the past and it was felt that we couldn’t take the same route again,” NFF official said.

Mr Ikpeme also noted that the new Eaglets’ head coach used to be a great player and that the NFF believes that Emmanuel Amunike deserved his new role, as the new manager of U-17 National Team.

Keshi Again on Collision Course With NFF

keshiTop officials informed MTNFootball.com that Keshi was ordered to stay back for Thursday’s reception for the CHAN Eagles by President Goodluck Jonathan, but he still went ahead and flew out to the United States on holidays.

‘The Big Boss’ was conspicuously missing at the reception, where President Jonathan rewarded him with a cash gift of 1.5 million naira for leading the country to finish third at the 2014 CHAN in South Africa.

Keshi’s presence was also needed for Wednesday’s technical committee meeting in Abuja, where he was expected to defend his call-ups for next month’s World Cup warm-up against Mexico.

He would later talk with the technical committee on phone from his house in the US.

“Keshi was clearly told to stay back for both the technical committee meeting and the Presidential reception, but he chose to fly out to the United states for holidays,” a top official informed MTNFootball.com

Keshi’s latest defiance comes at the height of a controversy that he has been asked by the Nigeria Football Federation to recommend an additional assistant.

However, the NFF has denied this.

“We have faith in Keshi and we trust him. He is our coach for the World Cup,” said NFF president Aminu Maigari

NFF deny foreign assistant reports

NFF_ eagle

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have denied ever making any arrangement to hire a foreign technical assistant for Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.

Speculation has continued to surface that there is a plan to get outside help for the Big Boss. This has caused a backlash of criticism to the football body with Jonathan Akpoborie being the latest of such critics. Akpoborie in an open letter advised the NFF not to cause distraction with the foreign assistant matter stating that this was not the time to bring up such a suggestion.

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire, however, released a statement which said that at no time was the Federation comtemplating getting a foreign assistant for Keshi.

“The technical and development committee would want to restate its stand that at no time did it contemplate, approve or recommend for the appointment of any foreign technical assistant to head coach of Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi.

“Committee reiterates the fact that it has given, and will continue to give, its unflinching support to Keshi and the team to do Nigeria proud at the 20th FIFA World Cup finals, Brazil 2014, the statement continued.

Stephen Keshi And NFF on War Path Over Foriegn Coach.

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is set to be on a collision course with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation as he was reported to have rejected the NFF’s offer o…f a foreign assistant.

Instead, Keshi is requesting the reinstatement of his former right-hand man, Sylvanus Okpala.

Keshi currently has Daniel Amokachi, Ike Shorunmu and Valere Houandinou on his coaching staff and previously worked with Sylvanus Okpala, a former team-mate during their playing days, who was relieved of his duties after the 2013 African Cup of Nations victory.

The governing body gave Keshi free reign in the search for an international assistant, but the tactician insisted the only addition to his team that he approved of was that of Okpala, which the NFF refused to sanction.

“Stephen Keshi was offered the chance to choose a foreign assistant, who will work under him but he made it clear he was fine with his current assistants and backroom staff. The federation did this because they felt Keshi needed additional assistant,” said NFF Technical Committee spokesperson Paul Bassey.

“But Keshi said he wanted one of his assistants, Sylvanus Okpala, to be recalled. The federation told him Okpala can’t be recalled because he was sacked for insubordination.”

2014 World Cup: NFF assures Keshi they won’t interfere with team selection

Keshi in trainingEmeka Inyama, an executive member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has promised Stephen Keshi, that the football body will not interfere with his team selection, ahead of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Inyama, who is the head of NFF’s Media and Publicity Committee, said that the Super Eagles coach will have the sole responsibility, of picking players that will represent the country at the tournament.

“Stephen Keshi is in charge. So he decides who to take to the World Cup,” the chairman of Abia Warriors said.

He also went on to congratulate Keshi and his team, who clinched bronze at the just concluded African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa.

FG, NFF pay Eagles N17.6m for losing

By Jacob Ajom

Sports Minister, Hon Bolaji Abdulahi yesterday hailed the resilience of the Super Eagles at the on-going CHAN African Nations tournament in South Africa, declaring that Nigerians from President Goodluck Jonathan to the common man on the streets appreciate the team.

Speaking when he addressed the team at their President Hotel and Conference Centre in Bloemfontein, Abdulahi, said despite the Eagles losing via penalty shootout to Ghana in the semi-final of the CHAN tournament he was totally satisfied with the performance of the players and will continue to support the team to achieve more.

The Minister who was in company of NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Technical Committee Chairman, Barr Chris Green, and the Senate Committee Chairman on Sports, Adamu Gumba praised the leadership of the NFF and the technical crew for raising a team that has made Nigerians proud at the CHAN tourney.

He thereafter redeemed his pledge of $100,000 to the team for defeating Morocco in the quarter final and another $100,000 for its sterling performance against Ghana despite losing on penalties.

He also urged the team to go ahead and win the third place match against Zimbabwe on Saturday, assuring that they will get the reward of the government when they do that. NFF President Aminu Maigari, who himself personally doled out $10,000 to the team before the Ghana game on Wednesday, assured the Minister that the team will get better as it prepares for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

He said earnest preparations are already in place for an outstanding outing by the team at the championship. Team Coach, Stephen Keshi and Captain Chigozie Agbim, assured that the team will not disappoint in the third place game to be played on Saturday in Cape Town. Keshi thanked the youthful Minister for his support for the team and assured that the team will get better with every opportunity on offer.