Two years after banning former Eagles gaffer Samson Siasia, another Nigerian coach Remi Amadi has been banned by world soccer governing body, FIFA. Amadi who handles Cofine FC of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, was slammed with a global ban of two years from all football-related activities. The world body’s Disciplinary Committee conveyed this decision to the Nigeria Football Federation, and it is a consequence of a similar ban imposed on the gaffer by the NFF Disciplinary Committee at its meeting of 16th August 2021. The NFF Integrity Unit forwarded the said decision of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and all the relevant documentations to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee via a letter dated 25th August 2021, requesting the Committee to extend the sanction to have a worldwide effect, in accordance with Article 66, FIFA Disciplinary Code. The worldwide effect was activated by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee at its meeting of 5th October 2021.
Morocco 2022: NFF congratulates Super Falcons, set to rejig technical team
The Nigeria Football Federation has congratulated the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, for reaching the final round of the qualification series for next year’s Women African Cup of Nations finals slated for Morocco, following a lone goal defeat to their Ghanaian counterparts in Accra on Sunday which rendered the fixture a 2-1 aggregate triumph for Nigeria. However, General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi contended that there is room for improvement in the team’s entire output over the two legs of the fixture with the Black Queens, and that the NFF has concluded arrangements to reinvigorate the team technically, and also strengthen the playing body. “I will start by congratulating the team for the victory over the Black Queens of Ghana. It was a sweet one given the rivalry between our two countries in the game, which dates back to 70 years. Notwithstanding, there are deficiencies that we must deal with squarely and without any ambiguity in order that the team will be ready for the challenges ahead. “The Super Falcons can, and should, exhibit far greater marksmanship.
We have the players at home and abroad to outrun and outplay any team on the African continent, and even compete favourably on the world stage. That is why we have to make the move to reinvigorate the team ahead of the final round of qualifiers against Cote d’Ivoire. The rejuvenation is with an objective for better focus, commitment and productivity.” Cote d’Ivoire’s Lady Elephants, it can be recalled, eliminated the Falcons from the race to the Women’s Football Tournament of the Tokyo Olympic Games which held two months ago. In their side of the qualifying campaign, the Lady Elephants walloped their counterparts from Niger Republic 9-0 in the first leg, making the return a mere formality
Cameroon star joins Bayelsa Queens
Cameroon international star has joined Nigeria FA cup champions Bayelsa Queens on a 1 year contract. The deal which was facilitated by TopPro Sports management company led by foremost football intermediary and president of Football Intermediaries Association of Nigeria (FIAN), Ayodele Thomas, has been described as a major steal for the Nigerian champions. The highly sought midfielder, 22, was signed from Louves Minproff Football Club, former Cameroon Female League Champions. A prominent member of the Cameroon senior female national team, the arrival of Noelle is expected to make Bayelsa Queens stronger ahead the new NWPL season.
First-ever Coaches’ Instructors Course begins in Abuja
The General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi on Monday declared open the first-ever Coaches’ Instructors Course in Nigeria, with a firm message that the participants should attend to the theoretical and practical sessions with the clear intention of gaining ample knowledge to improve the general standard of the game in the country. “This is a very important and useful programme, which can set the tune for general improvement, development and sustainability of the game of football in Nigeria. Train-the-Trainers programmes always leave a major impact on a nation’s football and I am happy that we finally got the goahead from the Confederation of African Football to hold this course. I also want to commend the technical department for their resilience in meeting up with CAF’s requirements for us to stage the course. “There is an urgent need for our trainers to share modern techniques and tactics, and other important knowledge among ourselves. It is therefore germane that the participants pay rapt attention to the classroom and field sessions and go back to their various clubs to implement what they have learnt here,” Dr Sanusi said. About three dozen coaches are taking part in the programme, which will last for a whole week, with both theoretical and practical topics. Dr Robinson Okosun, Deputy Director (Technical) who stood in for the Technical Director, Mr Austin Eguavoen, stated that the technical department was delighted that the programme had been activated, and assured that the modules were quite rich and would benefit the participants in several ways. Among the instructors for the one-week course are former Nigeria international and Assistant Director (Technical), Mr Siji Lagunju; Dr Isiaka Salami; Dr Mohammed Sanusi; former Nigeria international Edema Fuludu; Coach Alphonsus Dike; Coach Henry Abiodun; Coach Chris Danjuma; Coach John Obuh; Coach Isah Ladan Bosso; Coach Abdu Maikaba; Coach Fatai Amoo and; Coach Toyin Ayinla; Coach Justine Madugu; Coach Austin Iyamu and; Coach Adeoye Onigbinde.