NFF says all major competitions’ financial issues to be addressed ahead of participation




ABUJA – All financial issues would henceforth be agreed upon with the players and officials by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)ahead of major competitions, the association’s board said on Thursday.

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This is contained in a communique issued at the end of the board’s meeting at the NFF Secretariat in Abuja, and signed by Emeka Inyama, a board member of NFA.

According to the communiqué, the decision was to help in avoiding the kind of embarrassment faced during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Super Eagles players boycotted training sessions due to financial issues with the NFF before their Round of 16 match with France.

The communique also said an Emergency Congress of the NFF would be convened in Abuja on July 31 to ratify the impeachment of Aminu Maigari as the association’s Chairman.

The board had earlier on Thursday impeached Maigari as the chairman, and mandated its First Vice-Chairman, Mike Umeh, to preside over NFF affairs.

The communique also said the board was satisfied with arrangements made so far for the national teams’ preparations for different competitions.

It also said the board mandated the association’s Technical Sub-Committee to open channels of communication with Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Head Coach.

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The communiqué said this was with a view to extending Keshi’s contract as the NFA was still interested in working with him.

“The Technical Sub-Committee is to report back to the board within one week,’’ it said.

The communiqué also said the NFA board was satisfied with all arrangements made so far for the different national teams.

“The teams are the under-20 female team, the Falconets, the under-20 male team, the Flying Eagles, and the under-17 male team, the Golden Eaglets, which are all preparing ahead of important international matches and qualifying games.

“The board also directed Technical Sub-Committee to meet in a few days to harmonise all arrangements in this regard,’’ it said.

The communiqué said the board further mandated the NFA management to proceed with discussions with a number of African countries for friendly matches for the Super Eagles.

“This is to allow the Super Eagles play a friendly match on the FIFA window of Aug. 13, as part of preparations for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifying matches,’’ it said.

The board, according to the communiqué, approved arrangements being made to host the grand finale of the 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions in Lagos on Aug. 16.

It also reaffirmed that the 2014 Elective Congress/General Assembly of the NFA would still hold as scheduled on Aug. 26.(NAN)

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