Respite appears to have come to stakeholders in Nigeria Football after the COVID-19 pandemic as Board Members of Nigeria Football Federation have met via video conference and decided to share a palliatives, appoint NNL Boss, NFF Technical Director, U-15 future Super Falcons tournament among others.
In a communique released on Monday ,the Nigeria Football Federation debated on many salient issues and came up with many developmental strides. Quoted:
“The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation met via video conference on Monday, 10th August 2020 to deliberate on important issues in Nigerian Football and resolved as follows:
1) “The Executive Committee applauded the efforts of the Federal Government in combating the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) that continues to be a source of sorrow and gnashing of teeth worldwide, but with noticeable decline in infection cases in Nigeria as a result of the untiring work of the Government, the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, all first responders and all other public health workers in the frontline who continue to sweat hard to ensure reduction in community transmission and in saving lives.
2) After consultations with the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Board endorsed the proposal from the Secretariat for the lump sum of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million American Dollar Only) to be shared across the various Clubs and governing bodies of the various Leagues, viz Nigeria Professional Football League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nigeria Nationwide League, as a booster for their preparation ahead of the 2020/2021 League Season. The total sum is made up of $1,000,000 (being FIFA’s support for restarting the football season); $500,0000 (being FIFA’s dedicated support for women’s football); $300,000 (CAF’s support to its Member Associations); $200,000 (NFF’s support from Sponsors’ Funds).
“The breakdown of the distribution is attached.
3) The Board instructed its Technical and Development Committee to work in tandem with the NFF Integrity Office to submit to the Board, within the next five (5) days, a shortlist of candidates to be selected by the Board for the position of NFF Technical Director.
4) “Similarly, the Technical and Development Committee is mandated to, in the next one week, and working with the NFF Integrity Office, provide to the Board a shortlist of candidates for the positions of Head Coaches of the U20 and U17 National Women Teams, the U15 Boys National Team, as well as candidates for the position of Consultant on Coaches Training and Development.
5) The Executive Committee mandated its Youth Football Committee to conclude the modalities for the staging of the first-ever U15 Future Super Falcons’ Tournament, in the mode of the NFF/Zenith Bank U15 Super Eagles Championship that has been running for the past four years.
6) The Committee endorsed a proposal for the nomination of Senator Obinna Ogba, a former Member of the NFF Executive Committee and currently Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, to replace Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, who died on 5th May 2020, on the Executive Board and as Chairman of the Nigeria National League.
7) Pertaining to the preparation of the U20 and U17 Women National Teams for upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying matches, the Board announced that having written to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for a special waiver to call the girls to camp, it would await response from the Government before making any moves for the camping programme.
8) Following a brief by the Chairman of the LMC, Mallam Shehu Dikko on the efforts to drive the NPFL forward, and on the formal resignation of Hon. Nduka Irabor as CEO of the LMC, Dikko was mandated to, as soon as possible, propose and conclude the process of recruiting a suitable CEO for the LMC in line with the Governance Structure of the company, ahead of the commencement of the new NPFL Football Season, scheduled to kick off between the last week of September and the first week of October 2020.
9) The Board approved that the reputable consulting firm contracted by the NFF should, as soon as possible, submit a shortlist of candidates for the positions of Head Coach of the Super Falcons, NFF Head of Women Football, Head of Compliance Unit and Chief Commercial Officer.
IN ATTENDANCE: Amaju Melvin Pinnick (President); Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President); Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President); Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Member); Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ (Member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Member); Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Member); Babagana Kalli (Member); Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (Member); Ganiyu Majekodunmi (Member); Emmanuel Ibah (Member); Aisha Falode (Member); Mohammed Alkali (Member); Musa A. Duhu (Member); Mohammed Sanusi (Secretary).