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Iye
Jun 30, 2010, 04:54 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/soccer/world-cup-2010/06/30/nigeria.suspended.ap/index.html?eref=sihp



ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The president of Nigeria has suspended the national football team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.

Ima Niboro, a spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan, made the announcement Wednesday, saying the ban would enable the country to reorganize its football administration.

Niboro said that all funding of the World Cup squad, including the hiring of Swedish coach Lars Lagerback, would be investigated.

Nigeria left the World Cup competition with just one point after being held to a 2-2 draw by South Korea in its last game. Nigeria lost to Argentina 1-0 in its Group B opener and fell to Greece 2-1 in a game turned by the first-half expulsion of midfielder Sani Kaita.

The Super Eagles haven't won a World Cup match since 1998, going out with two losses and a draw in 2002 and failing to qualify for Germany 2006.

The Nigerian Football Federation's executive committee had earlier tendered an apology to the government and "all football loving Nigerians'' for the early exit.

Nigeria risks being banned by FIFA from all international football because of the political interference.

"At the time of writing, we have no official information on this matter,'' FIFA said in a statement. "However, in general, FIFA's position regarding political interference in football is well known.''

Nigeria's next scheduled international match is a qualifier for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, at home to Madagascar in early September.

FIFA statutes demand that national federations manage their affairs independently, or face suspension from world football.

National and club teams, plus referees, would be barred from participating in international matches and football officials are prevented from attending meetings.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter had already expressed concern over the French government's investigation into France's first-round exit from the World Cup.

"Definitely I can tell you that political interference will be dealt with by FIFA notwithstanding what kind of interference and what is the size of the country,'' Blatter said Tuesday



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Iye
Jun 30, 2010, 04:56 PM
I‘m loving this man already, may even vote for him.

Ajibs
Jun 30, 2010, 05:09 PM
Yes it appers the story is true, I just saw the report on Al Jezeera and also here is the report from the BBC. I am starting this in order not to derail the World Cup thread so we can continue to discuss betta thing and throw sand sand inside Ijebu garri...


World Cup 2010: Nigeria president suspends team

Nigeria managed only one point after drawing 2-2 with South Korea
Nigeria's president has suspended his nation's football team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.
Special presidential adviser Ima Niboro told reporters the decision by Goodluck Jonathan will "enable Nigeria to reorganise its football".
The Nigerian Football Federation is to be dissolved and an interim board appointed, the BBC understands.

Nigeria were knocked out in the group stages without winning a game.
Niboro said: "President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order.

Fifa's position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference - Fifa statement

"This directive became necessary following Nigeria's poor performance in the ongoing World Cup."
The president also plans an audit of the country's World Cup organising committee. "If any financial misappropriation is discovered, all officials responsible will be held accountable," Niboro added.

The NFF released a statement apologising to "all football-loving Nigerians" for the country's early exit from South Africa.
"No previous board has qualified Nigeria for all major tournaments internationally," the statement read, adding that officials wanted Swedish coach Lars Lagerbeck to remain at the helm.

Rotimi Amaechi, head of a special presidential task force on the World Cup campaign, said Nigeria would write to football's world governing body Fifa to explain its decision.
"We went to the World Cup and found all sorts of problems and we felt we should sit back and look inward," Amaechi told reporters.

Under Fifa rules, government interference with national teams is strictly forbidden.

"At the time of writing, we have no official information on this matter," a Fifa statement read.
"However, in general, Fifa's position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference."
Nigeria's risks their national and club teams, plus referees, being banned from all international competitions - and their officials would not be allowed to attend meetings or events. Nigeria were set to begin their bid to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup finals in September against Madagascar.

So there you have it. So is this a good decision? Can the FG really satisfy FIFA that is even threatening France right now and prevent a ban? Is a ban worth it? Are there competent enough hands to actually "re-organize" the national team and organizations from the ground up or will we simply get more of the same?

Make we dey look.

Auspicious
Jun 30, 2010, 05:09 PM
I‘m loving this man already, may even vote for him.

Why, simply because he suspended Chickens?

What would you then do if he layed an Egg? :lol:

Auspicious
Jun 30, 2010, 05:15 PM
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Typical Nigerian fire-brigade approach to issues. Elsewhere, a detailed study of what went wrong will be conducted with inputs on how to avoid past pitfalls. Afterwards, a painstaking reconstitution will be undergone, with an aim to deliver brilliant results.

But no, in our Nigeria, it's gotta be the usual demolition that results in plenty pain and little gain..

Felix
Jun 30, 2010, 05:30 PM
This man is a joke. . So he cant make changes without suspending everything for 2 years? That means if he inspects schools in Nigeria and find the standard too low, he will suspend students from school for two years? Since the roads are bad and he wants us to see him as an action president , he will suspend driving in Nigeria for another 2 years? What kind of bushman is this??? What he is trying to say is that he cant influence NFA elections to find new-hardworking faces, help get a reasonably good coach and encourage grassroot development of football talents in the country without banning the sport for 2 long years? This man is as dumb as he looks..

Bunch17
Jun 30, 2010, 05:39 PM
The key to success is simple.
Practice! Practice! Practice!

Pity the Eagles would not be able to practice for the next 2 years and may be end up like England!
For those who do not know, when the world cup competition was started, the English did not originally
take part for everyone knew that as the "home of football" they were the true World Champions.

It was not until the World Champions were taken apart in the "temple of football" Wembly stadium in 1953 by
the Hungarians that they finally woke up.

I hope at the end of the 2 year hiatus, we don't find ourselves in football wilderness

Tynn2
Jun 30, 2010, 06:30 PM
Not just suspension alone, all the key members of the team and NFA should be probe.
Thats how it shoud be.
Discplinary action is key to better organisational managegement.

omaks
Jun 30, 2010, 07:28 PM
When i first read this through a friend of mine on Facebook i didn't believe it until i went unto the BBC sports page. Well, my brain actually hurts from having to think and put my thoughts together on facebook. Auspi, you have put it aptly, just the way i have said it elsewhere. We can now see the real reason why everything (football inclusive) dey scatter, scatter for Nigeria.

Vade Mecum
Jun 30, 2010, 07:43 PM
The Evil wey dem do Amodu don catch up with them


Baba God thank you Oh


:hail::hail::hail::hail::hail:


World Cup 2010 - Nigeria suspend national team
Reuters - Wed, 30 Jun 15:12:00 2010

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/30062010/58/world-cup-2010-nigeria-suspend-national-team.html

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the national football team from international competition for two years following their poor performance in the World Cup.

"Mr President has directed that Nigeria will withdraw from all international football competition for the next two years to enable Nigeria to reorganise its football," Ima Niboro, Jonathan's senior communications adviser, said.

"This directive became necessary following Nigeria's poor performance in the ongoing FIFA World Cup," he said.

Nigeria were knocked out in the first round.

After meeting the country's World Cup organising committee, Jonathan also said the accounts of the committee should be audited.

"If any financial misappropriation is discovered, all officials responsible will be held accountable," Niboro said.

Jonathan's decision came a day after the executive committee of the Nigerian Football Federation met to review the team's first round exit, in which they picked up a single point and finished bottom of their group also containing South Korea, Greece and Argentina.

Niboro said the sports minister would be writing to FIFA shortly to inform them of the decision. He said the minister for the federal capital territory, Abuja, had been instructed to build a "Football House" where the team could be based.

"The problem of Nigerian football is structural. We need to reorganise the structures and there is need to withdraw from all international football competition so that we can put our house in order," Niboro said.

A statement said the federation apologised to the "federal government and all football-loving Nigerians for the early ouster of the Super Eagles from the World Cup" and added Nigeria would seek to play more friendly matches to get more experience.

"It's the right decision ... President Jonathan has made a bold step to clean up the rot. We need to move the country in football," John Fashanu, a former England footballer partly of Nigerian descent, told local sports radio.

"We cannot be held to ransom by anybody."

Some Super Eagles fans were shocked by the decision.

"Sounds to me like the president is trying to score cheap political points ... the next major international competition is two years away anyway," said one irate fan in Lagos, asking not to be named.

The NFF said it wanted Swedish coach Lars Lagerback, appointed on the eve of the finals, to stay and put together a wide-ranging programme to harness young talent.

The statement also said the federation disagreed with those claiming Nigerian soccer was in a dwindling state.

"No previous board has qualified Nigeria for all major tournaments internationally," the statement said.

The government instruction to withdraw could prompt sanctions from FIFA, who have taken a strong stand against political interference in the sport.

A FIFA spokesman said: "We have had no official information from the Nigerian FA about this case specifically but in general FIFA's policy towards political interference is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference."

Nigerian sporting administrators have often been accused of corruption and incompetence and the federation was roundly criticised after sacking coach Shaibu Amodu in February, just four months before the World Cup finals.

Amodu was dismissed because Nigeria only managed to finish third at the Nations Cup finals in Angola in January.

Nigeria were banned by the Confederation of African Football in 1996 when then President Sani Abacha withdrew the team from the African Nations Cup finals in South Africa because he had been criticised by Nelson Mandela over the judicial execution of political opponents.

They could not compete in African competition for two years but were able to qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France.

The CAF refused to comment on the Nigerian president's decision when contacted on Wednesday.




World Cup 2010: Nigeria president suspends team

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8777118.stm

Nigeria managed only one point after drawing 2-2 with South Korea
Nigeria's president has suspended his nation's football team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.

Special presidential adviser Ima Niboro told reporters the decision by Goodluck Jonathan will "enable Nigeria to reorganise its football".

The Nigerian Football Federation is to be dissolved and an interim board appointed, the BBC understands.

Nigeria were knocked out in the group stages without winning a game.

Niboro said: "President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order.

Fifa's position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference

Fifa statement
"This directive became necessary following Nigeria's poor performance in the ongoing World Cup."

The president also plans an audit of the country's World Cup organising committee.

"If any financial misappropriation is discovered, all officials responsible will be held accountable," Niboro added.

The NFF released a statement apologising to "all football-loving Nigerians" for the country's early exit from South Africa.

"No previous board has qualified Nigeria for all major tournaments internationally," the statement read, adding that officials wanted Swedish coach Lars Lagerbeck to remain at the helm.

Rotimi Amaechi, head of a special presidential task force on the World Cup campaign, said Nigeria would write to football's world governing body Fifa to explain its decision.

"We went to the World Cup and found all sorts of problems and we felt we should sit back and look inward," Amaechi told reporters.


Extended highlights - Nigeria 2-2 South Korea
Under Fifa rules, government interference with national teams is strictly forbidden.

"At the time of writing, we have no official information on this matter," a Fifa statement read.

"However, in general, Fifa's position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference."

Nigeria's risks their national and club teams, plus referees, being banned from all international competitions - and their officials would not be allowed to attend meetings or events.

Nigeria were set to begin their bid to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup finals in September against Madagascar.

Ajibs
Jun 30, 2010, 10:19 PM
Guys, Guys calm down! I am 99% sure there will be an "NFF" within a week or two. The problem is what FIFA will say as this "interim" NFF will be a government appointed body. The Football PTF is already probably shaping up to be the group to take charge of Nigerian soccer especially as the group has the likes of Odegbami, Okocha, Fashanu within it. As FIFA is so strict about its rules, I do nto see what explpanation that Nigeria will give that will be acceptable.

Nigeria and our foolishness, the NFF I believe is due to have an election within a few weeks. Why not just make the whole bally lot of them resign and then hold elections today and then make the man you want to take charge contest and win... :D I guess Dr. Goodluck simply wanted to send the current NFF a clear massage. As regards the ban, if they do keep Lagerback, I betcha by December they will say ah we have the new team so back to action!

Meawhile comments on the report below:


Peterside: Only 10 Eagles should return

Posted: 2010-06-30 15:47

Outgoing Super Eagles Media Officer Idah Peterside says only 10 players from the World Cup squad deserve to be part of the team going forward.

Nigeria were eliminated in the first round after finishing with just one point out of nine, and Peterside says the team needs to be overhauled.

"I would like to see the team overhauled and players brought in who will respect the jersey they put on.

"For me, only 10 players from this World Cup team should be brought back," he told KickOffNigeria.com.

Even more drastically, Peterside suggested that Hoffenheim forward Chinedu Obasi should be made the new captain.

"He is smart and coolheaded and it will bring a drastic change to the team."

Peterside did not stop there, he also advised Sani Lulu to clear out most of the people working at the federation.

"A lot of people have no business there and they should be cleared out." - Kickoff Online

Uwaa Sef
Jun 30, 2010, 10:39 PM
I'll take constant power supply (just power supply) over soccer anytime. Let them ban soccer as a whole if they like. Who gives a hoot? Yeye people.

Later

Uwaa Sef
Jun 30, 2010, 10:50 PM
I just think, though, that we think too much of ourselves because of the '94/'96 stints. Let's get over it and get real. We are not as great as we think we are.

Later

emeka008
Jun 30, 2010, 11:19 PM
The president of a country should choose his battles carefully. In the overall scheme of things, football management should not feature in a president's to-do list! However, the overpaid overseas players will now have to think about how they extend/obtain their work permits. Home office (UK) rules require an overseas player to have been selected on at least 75% of his country's international games where they were available to be selected. I don't know how they interpret 75% of Zero in this context.

Idi-ogi
Jul 1, 2010, 01:51 AM
Nigeria's president has suspended his nation's football team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.
Special presidential adviser Ima Niboro told reporters the decision by Goodluck Jonathan will "enable Nigeria to reorganise its football".
The Nigerian Football Federation is to be dissolved and an interim board appointed, the BBC understands.
Nigeria were knocked out in the group stages without winning a game.
Niboro said: "President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order.

PIERS EDWARD'S BLOG
The Nigerian fans who've long bemoaned their federation's failures probably don't know whether to laugh or cry...
"This directive became necessary following Nigeria's poor performance in the ongoing World Cup."
The president also plans an audit of the country's World Cup organising committee.
"If any financial misappropriation is discovered, all officials responsible will be held accountable," Niboro added.
The NFF released a statement apologising to "all football-loving Nigerians" for the country's early exit from South Africa.
"No previous board has qualified Nigeria for all major tournaments internationally," the statement read, adding that officials wanted Swedish coach Lars Lagerbeck to remain at the helm.
Rotimi Amaechi, head of a special presidential task force on the World Cup campaign, said Nigeria would write to football's world governing body Fifa to explain its decision.
"We went to the World Cup and found all sorts of problems and we felt we should sit back and look inward," Amaechi told reporters.
Under Fifa rules, government interference with national teams is strictly forbidden.
"At the time of writing, we have no official information on this matter," a Fifa statement read.

Fifa's position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference
Fifa statement
"However, in general, Fifa's position regarding political interference in football is well known. Our statutes do not allow for any political interference."
Nigeria's risks their national and club teams, plus referees, being banned from all international competitions - and their officials would not be allowed to attend meetings or events.
Nigeria were set to begin their bid to qualify for the 2012 African Nations Cup finals in September against Madagascar.

Source:BBC

How does this apparently rash decision move our soccer prowess forward? Can we not reorganize the national team while we allow it to participate in international competitions? How do we make progress if FIFA bans our teams and referees from global events?

agensheku
Jul 1, 2010, 08:56 AM
Did GJ fire Power minister for our blackouts?Works minister nko?and when there was mass failure in GCE,did he fire those in charge of education?unfortunately,FIFA is already kicking that government should NOT meddle in soccer affairs.so,wrong medicine for the right malaria.begin again!

Iye
Jul 1, 2010, 01:59 PM
Did GJ fire Power minister for our blackouts?Works minister nko?and when there was mass failure in GCE,did he fire those in charge of education?unfortunately,FIFA is already kicking that government should NOT meddle in soccer affairs.so,wrong medicine for the right malaria.begin again!

But those are local disgrace now

This football thing is international Shalala.

picato
Jul 1, 2010, 02:01 PM
Impulsive I say. How will this ban help the course of Nigerian Football. Someone tell me.

Uwaa Sef
Jul 1, 2010, 07:55 PM
But those are local disgrace nowNo, I no gree. They're international disgrace.

Later

Ajibs
Jul 1, 2010, 09:39 PM
Watch this clip and see the opinions of the Supporters club chief and Godwin Dudu-Orumen who is right?


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10476251.stm

agensheku
Jul 2, 2010, 08:45 AM
But those are local disgrace now

This football thing is international Shalala.Iyeeee!so,when una dey go hold 50th independence anniversary talk-talk for UK cos of to avoid power failure here,that no be international shalala!when looters box openly and its beamed to the world,na local disgrace,abi?

Mikky jaga
Jul 2, 2010, 03:01 PM
Just imagine the insult!! FIFA gives Nigeria 48 hours ultimatum to rescind a decision made by the President of Nigeria.!!! No diplomacy, No finese!! Just a tall order from almighty FIFA.

I think it is time Nigeria say bye to football altogether. Those FIFA guys have an overbloated opinion of themselves.

doncools
Jul 2, 2010, 03:56 PM
Who is FIFA to give orders to the Nigerian President?

The President's sense of judgement on NFA is 100% correct here.

It is just like market people asking you to continue displaying your rotten goods, when they already know too, very well that there is no market for you with those sorts of damaged goods.

Just for whose good/interest is it to have Nigeria (chicken eagles) as statistics competitors in the international arena, instead of a (super eagle) winning team ?

agensheku
Jul 3, 2010, 12:28 PM
Just imagine the insult!! FIFA gives Nigeria 48 hours ultimatum to rescind a decision made by the President of Nigeria.!!! No diplomacy, No finese!! Just a tall order from almighty FIFA.

I think it is time Nigeria say bye to football altogether. Those FIFA guys have an overbloated opinion of themselves.When you join an international organisation,you oper4ate by their rules.the only Nija leader who defied FIFA before was Abacha.nice company for GJ to keep,ko?

Mikky jaga
Jul 3, 2010, 04:59 PM
When you join an international organisation,you oper4ate by their rules.the only Nija leader who defied FIFA before was Abacha.nice company for GJ to keep,ko?

And who is FIFA? A small office in Zurich. They should get lost!!!! Forever if they like!!!

agensheku
Jul 4, 2010, 02:42 PM
And who is FIFA? A small office in Zurich. They should get lost!!!! Forever if they like!!!If the GJ team shares your view,how come they may likely retrace their steps between now and tomorrow morning as stated in THE NATION newspaper today?when we aspire to rub shoulders with the civilized world,we must be guided by the rules,chikena!

Mikky jaga
Jul 4, 2010, 03:59 PM
If the GJ team shares your view,how come they may likely retrace their steps between now and tomorrow morning as stated in THE NATION newspaper today?when we aspire to rub shoulders with the civilized world,we must be guided by the rules,chikena!

What you just wrote there is wishful thinking. Goodluck is not going back if FIFA insists it must be Lulu in charge. Get that, my man. Nations have withdrawn from United Nations when their National interest dictates it should be so. So what is football for Crying sake.

netotse
Jul 4, 2010, 04:17 PM
abegi jor they should let us hear word...with all the money they spend on football, one would think we would be getting better results...shior!

No Smoking
Jul 4, 2010, 10:34 PM
When you join an international organisation,you oper4ate by their rules.the only Nija leader who defied FIFA before was Abacha.nice company for GJ to keep,ko?

Surprised that Mikki is backing yawa in showing a lack of understanding of FIFA rules on govt interference with football admin.... :eek:

Ajibs
Jul 5, 2010, 01:55 AM
The NFF guys seem a bit smart if the BBC report below is true and it also gives Dr. Goodluck the cover to change his decision especially with the resolution from the House of Reps.

While I would normally support the government actions, I also support abiding by the rule of law. If FIFA rules say the body should be autonomus, then if we choose to be a member of FIFA we should abide by the rules or ask for an exception to the rule or work within FIFA to change the rules.

But if the federation is banned how come they are still firing people?? :D So with that action I believe the NFF and the FG and working hand in hand as they should have from the onset.


World Cup 2010: Nigerians sack football leaders


The Nigerian Football Federation's top two officials have been sacked in a bid to appease the country's president who suspended the team after the World Cup.
NFF President Sani Lulu and vice-president Amanze Ugbulam were fired as the federation asked president Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider his ban.
Fifa has threatened to expel Nigeria from world football unless the Nigerian president lifts the two-year ban.

Fifa rules prohibit government intervention in its members' affairs.
The NFF said the two sackings, as well as the dismissal of a member of the federation's technical committee, were carried out "to tender a resolved apology" to all Nigerians over the team's performance in South Africa.
The NFF also promised "to take urgent steps to address the maladministration of football in the country".

Fans who've long bemoaned their federation's failures probably don't know whether to laugh or cry

Fifa has imposed a deadline of 1700 BST on Monday for the Nigerian government to reverse its decision, after writing to Jonathan.
The country's House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking the Nigerian president to reverse his order, fearing sanctions.
Jonathan's government announced on Wednesday that the NFF would be dissolved and an interim board put in place.
"President Goodluck Jonathan has directed that Nigeria withdraws from international competition for two years to enable the country to put its house in order," said special presidential adviser Ima Niboro.
However, Fifa rules clearly state that national associations can be expelled if governments are seen to be interfering with the way they operate.
"Fifa has sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation indicating that the government of Nigeria has until Monday at 6pm to cancel its direction to withdraw Nigeria's participation from all Fifa and Caf competitions for the next two years," said Fifa communications director Nicolas Maingot on Friday.
"Also the management committee set up by the Nigeria government will not be recognised by Fifa."

If Nigeria are suspended, the country cannot participate in competitive matches or club games in African competitions.
"A suspension goes beyond the suspension of the national teams," added Maingot. "It also freezes financial help and no referees can participate in international competition."

Fifa executive committee member and former Nigeria government minister Dr Amos Adamu will be in the country on Monday "for a last mediation attempt".
The governing body's president Sepp Blatter had already warned French president Nicolas Sarkozy of possible sanctions after he pledged to personally lead an investigation into France's acrimonious World Cup campaig

Ajibs
Jul 5, 2010, 02:03 AM
From their last executive meeting...


COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE NFF IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY, 29TH JUNE, 2010

The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation met at the NFF Secretariat, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Tuesday, 29th June, 2010 to discuss salient issues around Nigeria football and resolved as follows:

1) The Executive Committee tendered apology to the Federal Government and all football –loving Nigerians for the early ouster of the Super Eagles from the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals, despite immense support by Mr. President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR), and other well –meaning Nigerians.

2) In the determination to rebuild the National Team from the perspective of recent experiences, the World Cup coaching crew is mandated to embark on a highly rigorous technical process of raising a new team to be dominated by the youth and home –grown talent. The crew is to develop a long –term and sustained training programme that will give the new team adequate exposure and confidence ahead of imminent qualifying competitions.

3) Furthermore, while Technical Adviser Lars Lagerback observes his two –week leave in Sweden, Coach Augustine Eguavoen will take temporary charge of the National Team. Henceforth, there will be only one Super Eagles, with no foreign –based or home –based appelations. Discipline will continue to be key issue in Nigerian national team camps, national youth teams will be exposed to more international tournaments and the senior teams will be made to play more friendly games.

4) Committee directed the Technical Department to closely monitor the running of the youth/feeder teams of Premier League Clubs on the domestic scene in the interest of proper development of the game.

5) Executive Committee also approved the engagement of a highly –qualified Psychologist for the national teams.

6) The Committee firmly disagreed with those claiming that Nigeria football is in a dwindling state, insisting that no previous Board has qualified Nigeria for all major tournaments internationally (FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women's World Cup, men and women's Olympic football tournaments, FIFA U-20 men and women's World Cups, FIFA U-17 men and women's tournaments, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup), as well as several other off –field achievements that the present Board can boast of.

7) Executive Committee directed the Secretariat to ensure that the national U-20 women's team,Falconets and the U-17 girls' team, Flamingoes, prepare adequately for upcoming FIFA championships. The Falconets will take part in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany (13th July – 1st August) while Flamingoes will participate in FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago (5th – 25th September, 2010). It was also resolved that bonuses paid to players of the national women's teams (Super Falcons, Falconets, Flamingoes) be enhanced immediately.

8) Committee upheld the verdict of the Arbitration Tribunal set up to determine the NPL election issue, and directed the NPL to comply accordingly.

9) The Executive Committee hailed the Secretariat for work done so far in respect of the new, ultra –modern NFF Headquarters, and urged that all arrangements must be concluded for the foundation –laying and phased construction to begin as soon as possible.

In attendance: Sani Lulu Abdullahi (President); Amanze Uchegbulam (1st Vice President); Taiwo Ogunjobi (Member); Aminu Maigari (Member); Steven Gyebgon (Member); Obinna Ogba (Member); Bola Jegede (Member); Peter Singabele (Member); Abubakar Ladan (Member); Taiwo Odebunmi (Member); Patrick Ekong (Member); Dominic Iorfa (Member); Shehu Adamu (Member); Bolaji Ojo-Oba (Secretary)

Ajibs
Jul 5, 2010, 02:07 AM
Hello Nigeria from FIFA....


Mr Sani Lulu ABDULLAHI

President

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)

Abuja.

By fax: +234-9/523 7327



Johannesburg, 2 July 2010

SG/tr



Decision of the National Sports Commission on withdrawal from Competition



Dear President,



We write to inform you in conjunction with yesterday's decision by the Federal Government of Nigeria communicated to us with the enclosed letter from the Minister of Sports/Chairman of the National Sports Commission. According to the information given, the government has decided not only a voluntary withdrawal of Nigeria's participation in all FIFA and CAF organised football competitions for the next 2 years", but also to set up "a management Committee".

The decision is a clear and blatant governmental interference and as such it violates article 13 par. 1 g) and art. 17 of the FIFA statutes. Moreover, it stands in complete contradiction with what has been discussed between the Minister of Sports and the FIFA President explained in their meeting held on 23 June 2010 in Johannesburg. On that occasion the FIFA President explained at length the need to let the electoral process run according to the NFF statutes and he clearly advised against any governmental interference.

As a consequence, if this decision is not withdrawn until Monday 5 July 2010 at 18h00 Johannesburg time. The FIFA Emergency Committee will decide on the suspension of NFF with immediate effect. In any case , please be informed tha the decision by the Governemt is not recognized and/or condoned in any way by FIFA. In particular no "management committee" will be recognized and/or dealt with by FIFA, including each and every action taken by such committee. As long as this decision is not withdrawn, FIFA will deal exclusively with the legitimate Executive Committee of NFF , even if that means that its term must be extended over the 28 August 2010 date originally fixed for the next election.

In the meantime, preparations have already begun in order to invite an alternate team to participate in the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup Germany 2010 due to begin on 13 July 2010. If the decision is not reversed before the said deadline, that team will replace Nigeria.

We would like to underline the dire effects a suspension could have on the future of Nigerian football. It would of course mean that no Nigerian team of any sort (including clubs) could have any international contact (cf art. 14 par. 3 of FIFA Statutes). But ut would also mean that neither NFF nor any of its member or official could benefit from any development programme, course, or training from FIFA or CAF any longer.

As a consequence, we consider that this government decision would only completely isolate Nigerian football and could thus stall potential reforms and further development and improvement of Nigerian football for a longtime. It puts the whole future of Nigerian football in danger.

We thus kindly ask you to do your utmost to have this decision withdrawn within the said deadline.

We thank you for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

FIFA



Jerome Valcke

Secretary General



Enclosure: Mentioned



Cc: Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Isa Bio, Chairman, National Sports Commission

Mustapha Fahmy, CAF

Dr. Amos Adamu, FIFA Executive Committee member

Mikky jaga
Jul 5, 2010, 07:21 AM
Surprised that Mikki is backing yawa in showing a lack of understanding of FIFA rules on govt interference with football admin.... :eek:

Who is showing lack of understanding of FIFA rules? Goodluck Jonathan knew what was coming, hence he decided to withdraw Nigeria. The ultimatum on the part of FIFA is ill advised. No Association president gives an ultimatum to the President of a country.

The NFF people have taken the right step forward by sacking those officials. The ball is now in FIFA's court to accept such decisions. If it refuses and still continues to address Lulu as President, then it's bye to FIFA and its football.

agensheku
Jul 5, 2010, 07:49 AM
What you just wrote there is wishful thinking. Goodluck is not going back if FIFA insists it must be Lulu in charge. Get that, my man. Nations have withdrawn from United Nations when their National interest dictates it should be so. So what is football for Crying sake.Football is about THE ONLY UNIFYING FORCE in Nija and millions of our people will not forgive any President who makes our nation an outcast in the committee of footballing nations.and when you ask "what is football for crying sake?"hundreds of Nigerian youths earn a living from it...better than kidnapping and armed robbery,right?there is nothing bad if a leader is ill advised and he retraces his steps,thats statesmanship,Abacha who used strong head all through,we saw how it all ended.

Mikky jaga
Jul 5, 2010, 08:18 AM
Football is about THE ONLY UNIFYING FORCE in Nija and millions of our people will not forgive any President who makes our nation an outcast in the committee of footballing nations.and when you ask "what is football for crying sake?"hundreds of Nigerian youths earn a living from it...better than kidnapping and armed robbery,right?there is nothing bad if a leader is ill advised and he retraces his steps,thats statesmanship,Abacha who used strong head all through,we saw how it all ended.

That is why I like America. They don't take no Seet from nobody. Americans do not think in subservient ways. If it was Obama that took a decision to withdraw America from football competitions, that is that. If Fifa expels America, they do not mind forming their own "FIFA" and organize a World Cup, even if it is only America participating.

This is going beyond football to National integrity. Our President has taken a decision, rightly or wrongly. It is not the place of a FIFA president to issue him an ultimatum.

Godwin
Jul 5, 2010, 10:27 AM
http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/columnists/funke/2010/funke-04-july-2010.htm


Football out, movies in


Koko: So, the president has banned international football for two years?
Kaka: Which is a very good decision.

Koko: It is a terrible decision and anybody who is not dumb can see that.
Kaka: Thanks for the compliment but the President has spoken.

Koko: He has not spoken well. In fact he has over-reached himself.
Kaka: This is not about speaking ‘big English'. Our football is in dire straits and Jonathan has simply declared a practical emergency. We need help, so let's go get help.

Koko: He can be sued, you know.
Kaka: Great! Summon all the best Senior Advocates of Nigeria and we will make sure you spend what you money you think you have for the next four years and still teach you all you didn't know about Presidential powers.

Koko: I think we will start with a press conference.
Kaka: You should also start a Save Nigeria Football group and hold rallies in all regions. My friend, wake up and smell the coffee, you cannot stop the owner of a business from shutting down his shop to repackage or redecorate his premises for better efficiency.

Koko: So Jonathan is the owner of this business?
Kaka: You are gradually waking up. It is the President's business to ensure that this nation works and things are too bad in almost every area of our national life. The kid gloves are coming off.

Koko: You simply are not seeing that our football will be worse by the time this nonsense ban is lifted in 2012.
Kaka: That is a lie by desperate people who are not telling us what they have been gaining from our moribund football. How could things get any worse? Have you seen a product repackaged in two years coming out worse than it was? You guys should explain why this country should continue to spend money we can ill-afford on unproductive tournaments.

Koko: What will those Super Eagles boys be doing for two years?
Kaka: The same thing they have always done, play football abroad. Or were they playing in Lagos or Minna before the ban? Let them go shine in their foreign clubs like they have always done. We need to clean our house and go for deliverance from the spirit of football failure.

Koko: What about all the other losses? There are corporate sponsors who have invested money in the super Eagles via endorsement, for instance.
Kaka: We should refund them what we have not spent or have you guys spent money meant for next year?

Koko: What will happen to joints and viewing centres?
Kaka: Were we going to those viewing centres to watch Kanu and Kaita playing for Eagles? See, those centres and joints were set up so we can watch foreign football in all its glory and elegance. We go to those places to watch Man U, Real Madrid, Arsenal and the rest of them. Our children know everything about Messi, Fabregas and even Drogba. We all go to those joints to watch English Premiership, UEFA Championship and La Liga.

Koko: What about the soccer newspapers around the country, should they now sack their workers?
Kaka: Oooh God, I'm ashamed of you Koko. Were those papers reporting Nigerian football alone? Is there anyone of them called Nigerian Football, Complete Eagles, Eagles' Soccer? Spare me these colourless arguments. Nigerian sports newspapers report Jose Mourinho and what international soccer stars do abroad, they only sprinkle a bit of local football for balance. Nothing will change. We will still report whatever Utaka and Haruna do abroad. We'll still report transfer fees and the highest paid footballer in the world.

Koko: Don't forget that football is an emotional and unifying thing in his country.
Kaka: So are Aki and PawPaw, Osuofia and Mr Ibu. In fact, Nollywood is more entertaining than our football. Nollywood is a bigger money spinner. It creates more employment and we don't have to take 100 government officials anywhere and pay huge travel allowances and monumental hotel bills to watch movie premieres. It's time we put our money where our mouth is.

Koko: And the best way to do that is to throw out the baby with the bath water, close shop and let the goods rot?
Kaka: The goods are already rotten. For almost 10 years now, all we have done is wobble and fumble until your so-called goods humiliatingly graduated from Super Eagles to Super Chickens.

Koko: Is that why you have decided to eat them for dinner?
Kaka: Not exactly. They can still redeem themselves. The President has just shown that he has the will to do what is right even if it is painful and unusual. He feels our shame, our pain each time we fall on our faces in front of our fans and international spectators. You must break an egg to make an omelette.

Koko: You don't behead a man to cure him of his headache. This ban is too drastic, too much.
Kaka: Now, you are really provoking me. What is it with football anyway? How does it solve any of our problems? Does it contribute to our foreign reserve or what? Will this country fold up, collapse if we don't play international football for two years, will it?

Koko: You are not considering our image in the eyes of the world…
Kaka: What image? We do not have any real image right now and football image is not what we need. We don't have electoral image. We don't have infrastructural image. We don't have educational or healthcare image. Those are the real sectors. If we can't play football, we can't play football.

Koko: FIFA is angry, very angry.
Kaka: FIFA? Is that the name of the company that will deliver on the power stations or new refineries? Is FIFA bringing the trains or creating jobs in Nigeria? Is FIFA the name of our Messiah? Oh please! Tell FIFA that this is our country, our football, our money and our problem to solve.

Koko: Don't you like the way our boys shine abroad? We have to lift this ban, we have to. Football is a practical thing. It's different from building refineries.
Kaka: I think Jonathan should even extend the ban to four years. We need time to clean out our so-called age group competition and stop fielding 30 year olds as under-17. Little wonder they play for 10 years and fizzle out just when you think they are 27 but are indeed 40. All that corrupt arrangements must end.

Koko: The Federal Government should just have set up a probe, send the anti-graft agencies after the Football House instead of this ban.
Kaka: Another probe will be throwing good money after bad. Aren't we still probing everything ‘probable' in the National Assembly? Where has that led us?

Koko: Maybe we should ban the National Assembly?
Kaka: It's not the same thing.

Koko: It is not? Tell me the difference.
Kaka: The problem is the humiliation, the steady decade of humiliating performance. All the foreign coaches have not been able to save us. We need to nurture another team from the beginning.

Koko: I think we should also ban NEPA (or is it PHCN?) and NNPC.
Kaka: We need to make our leagues work, make it attractive to satellite television stations who are investing millions of dollars on English Premiership. We need to refocus the NFF.

Koko: How about banning INEC for two years because they have done as badly as NFF in the same number of years? That should give us more time to refocus our electoral process too, don't you think?
Kaka: I have made my point and this discussion is over. Football stays banned. This sitting is adjourned till another day.

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

No Smoking
Jul 5, 2010, 11:54 AM
That is why I like America. They don't take no Seet from nobody. Americans do not think in subservient ways. If it was Obama that took a decision to withdraw America from football competitions, that is that. If Fifa expels America, they do not mind forming their own "FIFA" and organize a World Cup, even if it is only America participating.

This is going beyond football to National integrity. Our President has taken a decision, rightly or wrongly. It is not the place of a FIFA president to issue him an ultimatum.

Mikki,
USA pulled out of FIFA for many years, until they decided to make a comeback in the late 70s. After being accepted back, they proposed changes that would have made Soccer look like American football. That move was strongly resisted by FIFA, and the USA had to choose to stay and play or return to their type of football.

The FIFA ultimatum, as seen in the N.A.R post #32 above, is addressed to the NFF President.
GJ and his Minister of Sport were ultra vires in contacting FIFA.

This stance by a football-erudite person like yourself can only serve to pump up the agbada of the yawa people, confusing them further.. :(

emeka008
Jul 5, 2010, 12:04 PM
I had misgivings about President Jonathan withdrawing Nigeria from international football but that is because there are more important things requiring his urgent intervention. But it is no secret that NFF has been so corrupt and FIFA has aided and abetted it. Nigeria should tell FIFA to get lost. We will put our house in order then party with the corrupt FIFA later.

Godwin
Jul 5, 2010, 01:17 PM
I had misgivings about President Jonathan withdrawing Nigeria from international football but that is because there are more important things requiring his urgent intervention. But it is no secret that NFF has been so corrupt and FIFA has aided and abetted it. Nigeria should tell FIFA to get lost. We will put our house in order then party with the corrupt FIFA later.

Put our house in order indeed!

Just like we have put PHCN, NNPC, NITEL, INEC, Nigeria Airways, Roads, Hospitals e.t.c. in order. A 10 year withdrawal will ABSOLUTELY make no difference to the way we organize football unless we start from the bottom-up i.e grassroots and the League. The National team is at the top and just putting in Odegbami, Okocha, Fashanu and members of the PTF into a new NFF will make no difference just like Lulu's regime did not make a lot of difference w.r.t Galadima's regime.

The autocratic streak in Jonathan is more of a concern because OBJ did not contemplate this Abacha-style solution when the "stakeholders" crisis started in 2005-06 ultimately resulting in Lulu becoming the NFF President.

Mikky jaga
Jul 5, 2010, 01:58 PM
Mikki,
USA pulled out of FIFA for many years, until they decided to make a comeback in the late 70s. After being accepted back, they proposed changes that would have made Soccer look like American football. That move was strongly resisted by FIFA, and the USA had to choose to stay and play or return to their type of football.

The FIFA ultimatum, as seen in the N.A.R post #32 above, is addressed to the NFF President.
GJ and his Minister of Sport were ultra vires in contacting FIFA.

This stance by a football-erudite person like yourself can only serve to pump up the agbada of the yawa people, confusing them further.. :(

USA pulled out for many years and heavens did not fall. Why all the hulabaloo because Nigeria wants to pull out for just 2 years?

valteena
Jul 5, 2010, 03:03 PM
If the GJ team shares your view,how come they may likely retrace their steps between now and tomorrow morning as stated in THE NATION newspaper today?when we aspire to rub shoulders with the civilized world,we must be guided by the rules,chikena!

They don't seem to be retracing any steps with this lol.



WORLD CUP FALLOUT: Lulu, Ogunjobi, Uchegbulam fired •May be arraigned in court soon •

MEMBERS of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Sunday, impeached their key members over alleged financial impropriety.

The impeached officials are, Alhaji Sani Lulu; Amanze Uchegbulam and Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, who until their impeachment, were President, 1st Vice President and Chairman, Technical Committee of the NFF.

Addressing a news conference after the impeachment, Princess Bola Jegede said nine out of the 13 members sacked the officials who they accused of financial misconduct, among other offences.

In the same vein, the impeached officials, who are also being investigated by the presidency, may be arraigned in court soon, should they be found guilty.

Presidency sources in Abuja, on Sunday, revealed to the Nigerian Tribune, that the impeached officials might be charged with felony after investigations revealed that they were trying to report the Federal Government to FIFA, as a result of the two-year suspension of the national team from international competitions.

It was gathered that a purported letter, reporting the Federal Government to FIFA, found in the possession of one of the officials, gave credence to the act.

FIFA had earlier written to the NFF, warning it of consequences it would face if by 5.00 p.m today the government did not rescind its decision of the ban and the likelihood of the inauguration of the 11-man interim committee, also holding today.

It was further gathered that it would take a miracle for President Jonathan to rescind the decision, as he believed the sovereignty of the nation was at stake.

Earlier, on Sunday, members of the Executive Committee of the NFF had announced the dismissal of the three principal officers, accusing them of being dictatorial, wielding limitless powers, misuse of public funds, as well as marginalisation of fellow members.

The NFF also appealed to President Jonathan, in the interest of Nigerian football, to reconsider his decision of withdrawing Nigeria from all CAF and FIFA-organised competitions.

Nine members of the board, who attended its emergency meeting on Saturday at the NICON Luxury Hotel in Abuja, resolved in a communiqué, to tender an unreserved apology to President Jonathan and the Minister of Sports, who is also the chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Ibrahim Isa Bio for the poor performance of Super Eagles at the ongoing 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The members unanimously agreed to dismiss Lulu; Uchegbulam and Ogunjobi from the board, for allegedly dragging Nigerian football into its current crisis.

The members, who appreciated the financial and moral support given by the president for the preparation and participation of the Super Eagles in the World Cup, blamed the NFF for the current crisis rocking Nigerian football, adding that urgent steps would be taken to address the maladministration of football in the country.

The board, in the communique read to the press by head of the NFF female football committee, Princess Bola Jegede, also dissociated itself from the purported letter of the NFF executive committee reporting the Federal Government to FIFA, which was found in the possession of Uchegbulam, saying that the said letter was never discussed nor approved at any of the NFF executive committee meetings.

The members also appointed Aminu Maigari as its acting president, while Obinna Ogba was named the acting first vice-president.

Those present at the meeting were Abubakar Ladan; Dominic Iorfa; Bola Jeged; Taiwo Odebunmi; Peter Singabele; Patrick Ekong; Stephen Gyebgon; Obinna Ogba and Aminu Maigari.


http://www.tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/7778-world-cup-fallout-lulu-ogunjobi-uchegbulam-fired-may-be-arraigned-in-court-soon-insiders-details-on-the-impeachment-saga

valteena
Jul 5, 2010, 03:21 PM
http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/columnists/funke/2010/funke-04-july-2010.htm


Football out, movies in

Koko: So, the president has banned international football for two years?
Kaka: Which is a very good decision.

Koko: It is a terrible decision and anybody who is not dumb can see that.
Kaka: Thanks for the compliment but the President has spoken.

Koko: He has not spoken well. In fact he has over-reached himself.
Kaka: This is not about speaking ‘big English'. Our football is in dire straits and Jonathan has simply declared a practical emergency. We need help, so let's go get help.

Koko: He can be sued, you know.
Kaka: Great! Summon all the best Senior Advocates of Nigeria and we will make sure you spend what you money you think you have for the next four years and still teach you all you didn't know about Presidential powers.

Koko: I think we will start with a press conference.
Kaka: You should also start a Save Nigeria Football group and hold rallies in all regions. My friend, wake up and smell the coffee, you cannot stop the owner of a business from shutting down his shop to repackage or redecorate his premises for better efficiency.

Koko: So Jonathan is the owner of this business?
Kaka: You are gradually waking up. It is the President's business to ensure that this nation works and things are too bad in almost every area of our national life. The kid gloves are coming off.

Koko: You simply are not seeing that our football will be worse by the time this nonsense ban is lifted in 2012.
Kaka: That is a lie by desperate people who are not telling us what they have been gaining from our moribund football. How could things get any worse? Have you seen a product repackaged in two years coming out worse than it was? You guys should explain why this country should continue to spend money we can ill-afford on unproductive tournaments.

Koko: What will those Super Eagles boys be doing for two years?
Kaka: The same thing they have always done, play football abroad. Or were they playing in Lagos or Minna before the ban? Let them go shine in their foreign clubs like they have always done. We need to clean our house and go for deliverance from the spirit of football failure.

Koko: What about all the other losses? There are corporate sponsors who have invested money in the super Eagles via endorsement, for instance.
Kaka: We should refund them what we have not spent or have you guys spent money meant for next year?

Koko: What will happen to joints and viewing centres?
Kaka: Were we going to those viewing centres to watch Kanu and Kaita playing for Eagles? See, those centres and joints were set up so we can watch foreign football in all its glory and elegance. We go to those places to watch Man U, Real Madrid, Arsenal and the rest of them. Our children know everything about Messi, Fabregas and even Drogba. We all go to those joints to watch English Premiership, UEFA Championship and La Liga.

Koko: What about the soccer newspapers around the country, should they now sack their workers?
Kaka: Oooh God, I'm ashamed of you Koko. Were those papers reporting Nigerian football alone? Is there anyone of them called Nigerian Football, Complete Eagles, Eagles' Soccer? Spare me these colourless arguments. Nigerian sports newspapers report Jose Mourinho and what international soccer stars do abroad, they only sprinkle a bit of local football for balance. Nothing will change. We will still report whatever Utaka and Haruna do abroad. We'll still report transfer fees and the highest paid footballer in the world.

Koko: Don't forget that football is an emotional and unifying thing in his country.
Kaka: So are Aki and PawPaw, Osuofia and Mr Ibu. In fact, Nollywood is more entertaining than our football. Nollywood is a bigger money spinner. It creates more employment and we don't have to take 100 government officials anywhere and pay huge travel allowances and monumental hotel bills to watch movie premieres. It's time we put our money where our mouth is.

Koko: And the best way to do that is to throw out the baby with the bath water, close shop and let the goods rot?
Kaka: The goods are already rotten. For almost 10 years now, all we have done is wobble and fumble until your so-called goods humiliatingly graduated from Super Eagles to Super Chickens.

Koko: Is that why you have decided to eat them for dinner?
Kaka: Not exactly. They can still redeem themselves. The President has just shown that he has the will to do what is right even if it is painful and unusual. He feels our shame, our pain each time we fall on our faces in front of our fans and international spectators. You must break an egg to make an omelette.

Koko: You don't behead a man to cure him of his headache. This ban is too drastic, too much.
Kaka: Now, you are really provoking me. What is it with football anyway? How does it solve any of our problems? Does it contribute to our foreign reserve or what? Will this country fold up, collapse if we don't play international football for two years, will it?

Koko: You are not considering our image in the eyes of the world…
Kaka: What image? We do not have any real image right now and football image is not what we need. We don't have electoral image. We don't have infrastructural image. We don't have educational or healthcare image. Those are the real sectors. If we can't play football, we can't play football.

Koko: FIFA is angry, very angry.
Kaka: FIFA? Is that the name of the company that will deliver on the power stations or new refineries? Is FIFA bringing the trains or creating jobs in Nigeria? Is FIFA the name of our Messiah? Oh please! Tell FIFA that this is our country, our football, our money and our problem to solve.

Koko: Don't you like the way our boys shine abroad? We have to lift this ban, we have to. Football is a practical thing. It's different from building refineries.
Kaka: I think Jonathan should even extend the ban to four years. We need time to clean out our so-called age group competition and stop fielding 30 year olds as under-17. Little wonder they play for 10 years and fizzle out just when you think they are 27 but are indeed 40. All that corrupt arrangements must end.

Koko: The Federal Government should just have set up a probe, send the anti-graft agencies after the Football House instead of this ban.
Kaka: Another probe will be throwing good money after bad. Aren't we still probing everything ‘probable' in the National Assembly? Where has that led us?

Koko: Maybe we should ban the National Assembly?
Kaka: It's not the same thing.

Koko: It is not? Tell me the difference.
Kaka: The problem is the humiliation, the steady decade of humiliating performance. All the foreign coaches have not been able to save us. We need to nurture another team from the beginning.

Koko: I think we should also ban NEPA (or is it PHCN?) and NNPC.
Kaka: We need to make our leagues work, make it attractive to satellite television stations who are investing millions of dollars on English Premiership. We need to refocus the NFF.

Koko: How about banning INEC for two years because they have done as badly as NFF in the same number of years? That should give us more time to refocus our electoral process too, don't you think?
Kaka: I have made my point and this discussion is over. Football stays banned. This sitting is adjourned till another day.

:lol::lol::lol:


Kaka good arguement lol:):) Can't fault all your point. Seriously nice one Godwin.

Godwin
Jul 5, 2010, 04:36 PM
USA pulled out for many years and heavens did not fall. Why all the hulabaloo because Nigeria wants to pull out for just 2 years?

Wrong X Don't misyarn, Mikky!

http://homepages.sover.net/~spectrum/usamen1.html

Godwin
Jul 5, 2010, 04:42 PM
http://www.goal.com/en/news/1863/world-cup-2010/2010/07/05/2010872/nigeria-president-goodluck-jonathan-rescinds-two-year-super

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan Rescinds Two-Year Super Eagles Withdrawal From International Football


The two-year ban on the Super Eagles has been lifted amidst FIFA pressure...

The Nigerian government has reversed its decision to withdraw the Super Eagles from international competition until 2012, according to AFP.

A spokesman for president Goodluck Jonathan announced the shock departure on Friday after Nigeria's poor performance at World Cup 2010 when they finished bottom of Group B with just one point. The absence would have seen the nation miss qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The comment provoked a strong reaction from FIFA as they threatened to withdraw financial help, stop Nigerian referees from officiating in international matches and its clubs from partaking in African club competitions.

A letter had been sent to the Super Eagles' hierarchy with a deadline of 6pm today which had laid out the consequences. FIFA strongly resists any political interference in the running of national sides and uses a host of sanctions to forbid the action.

The move follows a hectic weekend for the Nigerian authorities after three members of the Nigeria Football Federation - FA president Sani Lulu, first vice-president Amanze Uchegbulam and Taiwo Ogunjobi, Technical Committee chairman of the NFF - were impeached after financial improprieties

Mikky jaga
Jul 6, 2010, 06:42 AM
Wrong X Don't misyarn, Mikky!

http://homepages.sover.net/~spectrum/usamen1.html

So, what did Mikky say that you called misyarn? I just quoted what No smoking saoid. You now posted a link that showed some jumbled up results that made no meanings whatsoever.

If what No smoking said, which I reproduced below is wrong, you can disprove it with better facts and not some mumbo jumbo results that say nothing.


USA pulled out of FIFA for many years, until they decided to make a comeback in the late 70s.

Mikky jaga
Jul 6, 2010, 06:56 AM
TEXT OF THE COMMUNIQUE THAT CHANGED JONATHAN'S MIND

"Following the recent pronouncement by the Federal Government of Nigeria withdrawing all the National teams from all CAF/ FIFA organized competitions for two years and the resultant 48hrs ultimatum from the international Federation of Football Associations FIFA, we the undersigned members of the Nigeria Football Federation board NFF Executive Committee held an Emergency meeting on Saturday 3rd July 2010 and resolved to revisit the issues raised in our memo of 8th June 2007 and the notice of impeachment of 5th February 2010 served on the NFF president Sani Lulu Abdulahi which has either not been implemented or totally ignored, leading to present state of anarchy in Nigerian football.

"The memo and impeachment notice contained some major breaches of the NFF Statutes by the present leadership of of the executive committee and related to dictatorship, limitless powers, misuse of public funds, neglect or marginalization of fellow members of the Executive Committee and other related issues.

"A recent case in point is the fact that the preparation and budget for the 2010 FIFA World Cup were never presented to the executive committee for approval."


Hence the resoled to sack the three Musketeers so the FG can check their excesses.

NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi has been impeached by along with first Vice President Amanze Uchegbulam and Technical Committee chairman Taiwo Ogunjobi.

Nine of the 13 members of the Executive Committee met in Abuja and voted to impeach the leadership.

They also resolved to make a 'passionate plea' to President Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider his earlier decision of withdrawing Nigeria from all CAF and FIFA organized competitions for two years in the interest of the nation.

Aminu Maigari will now take over as interim President with Obinna Ogba as the new interim first vice President.

The decisions still have to be ratified by the full NFF Congress.

Lulu, Uchegbulam, Ogunjobi and NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo Oba were absent from the meeting.

No Smoking
Jul 6, 2010, 11:27 AM
Hmm, Mikki, I t'ink yu jus' laik to hold brief for ya man GJ... :rolleyes:

Godwin
Jul 6, 2010, 11:29 AM
So, what did Mikky say that you called misyarn? I just quoted what No smoking saoid. You now posted a link that showed some jumbled up results that made no meanings whatsoever.

If what No smoking said, which I reproduced below is wrong, you can disprove it with better facts and not some mumbo jumbo results that say nothing.



http://homepages.sover.net/~spectrum/usamen1.html

USA Men's National Team: All-time Results, 1885-1989

That "mumbo jumbo" results should have informed you & your source of misinformation that USA did not pull out of FIFA as you want to believe because you can see the results of USA games in the period.

Godwin
Jul 6, 2010, 11:31 AM
USA FIFA World Cup qualifiers 1960 -1980


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification#CCCF.2FNAFC_Firs t_Round

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification#CONCACAF_First_R ound

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_CONCACAF_Championship_qualification

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_CONCACAF_Championship_qualification

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_CONCACAF_Championship_qualification

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1981_CONCACAF_Championship_qualification

Ajibs
Jul 6, 2010, 01:32 PM
BOARD IMPEACHES LULU, DISMISSES UCHEGBULAM, OGUNJOBI
The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday dismissed President, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, 1st Vice President, Mr. Amanze Uchegbulam and Chairman of Technical and Development Committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi.

The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee which held inside the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja on Sunday morning, and had in attendance nine members of the 13-member Exco.

The Executive Committee also appointed Alhaji Aminu Maigari as Acting President, while Chief Obinna Ogba will serve as the Acting 1st Vice President.

Present at the meeting were Alhaji Maigari, Chief Ogba, Mr. Taiwo Odebunmi, Mr. Stephen Gyebgon, Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, Dr. Peter Singabele, Mr. Patrick Ekong, Princess Bola Jegede and Mr. Dominic Iorfa.

There will be an Extra Ordinary General Assembly of Nigeria football in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Friday. The General Assembly is expected to ratify the decisions. - NFF Online

I wonder how come Sani Lulu and other did not resign?


FG RESCINDS DECISION ON WITHDRAWAL
The President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) on Monday graciously rescinded last Wednesday's decision to withdraw Nigerian national football teams from FIFA/CAF football competitions.

The decision was made known at the Presidential Villa on Monday evening as President Jonathan hearkened to the passionate appeals of top officials of the National Sports Commission, the Nigeria Football Federation, other concerned organs of government and well –meaning Nigerians on the matter.

This means that the nation has beaten the ultimatum of 18:00 hours of Monday, 5th July handed down by world football –governing body FIFA for the country to have a re –think on withdrawal of her teams from international football.

The Honourable Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Hon. Ibrahim Isa Bio, Nigeria's FIFA Member, Dr. Amos Adamu and NFF Acting President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari played great roles in getting President Goodluck Jonathan to change his mind on the matter, for the sake of millions of Nigerian youth involved in the game and tens of millions of Nigerians who work in football. - NFF Online

Ajibs
Jul 6, 2010, 01:43 PM
Like I said and Jay Jay Okocha agrees, its the players. "They refuse to go the extra mile to get results" "We leave amateurs to run our football!!!" You can go to the link for the audio (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8754895.stm) interview.


World Cup 2010: 'African football needs overhaul'


Top players have not shown enough character, Okocha says Former Nigeria star Jay-Jay Okocha believes African football needs to "go back to the drawing board" if it is to succeed in future World Cups. The 36-year-old told BBC World Service that African nations were not going "that extra mile to get results".

Okocha blamed a lack of investment in local coaches and youth players, adding that the continent's big stars had not delivered on the world's biggest stage.
"It's about character. Our players have not shown enough passion," he said.
"It's an African tournament - we thought we could capitalise on that. That hasn't been the story."

South Africa are the first World Cup hosts not to progress past the first round despite beating France on Wednesday. And, while Ghana also recorded a group win, the four other African nations competing - Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ivory Coast - have struggled.

"I think the players have failed to understand that they need to go that extra mile to be able to get results," added Okocha. "They are not looking for the solution on how to win games. We go back to our drawing boards and invest in youth and start planning. "In Africa I don't think we plan enough. We always wait for an event and then get ourselves ready for just that event." Okocha, like all of Africa's biggest sporting names, has spent the majority of his footballing career abroad, playing for European clubs, including Bolton and Hull.

He believes that if African football is to move on, coaches as well as players should look to foreign leagues to gain expertise and professionalism.

Did South Africa do as well as could be expected, or should they have been better? What do you think ultimately led to their exit? "I thought that the officials should be given the opportunity as well to go abroad and update themselves - but we haven't done that. We've not invested in our local coaches," Okocha commented. "

After going to Europe to prove yourself as a player you come back to that old mentality - that old way of playing."Then sometimes players get caught in the middle. They try to bring you down to their own level - and if you don't want to come down to that level, it's as if you're losing your culture, losing your respect."

Okocha, who retired from football in 2008, had scathing words for some of Africa's better known players, criticizing their performances when compared to those for their clubs. "I don't have to cover up for those players because they haven't really performed. They've underachieved," he stated. "It's all about character. I don't think our players have shown enough passion for the game. That's the difference between the way they've played here, and the way they play in their various clubs."

Passion ke? Wetin consine our players, nah Yahooze dey worry dem only... one million dollar...hummer hummer...

Mikky jaga
Jul 6, 2010, 02:40 PM
Like I said and Jay Jay Okocha agrees, its the players. "They refuse to go the extra mile to get results" "We leave amateurs to run our football!!!" You can go to the link for the audio (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8754895.stm) interview.

Passion ke? Wetin consine our players, nah Yahooze dey worry dem only... one million dollar...hummer hummer...

Okocha cannot preach to the present Eagles about passion for the game while playing for the National Team. He should not be quick to forget his disappearing acts when needed for crucial matches, only for him to declare he missed the venue of the matches. Okocha was a big man in his playing days, at least towards the end of his career, just like some of these guys he is preaching to today.

No Smoking
Jul 6, 2010, 07:54 PM
http://homepages.sover.net/~spectrum/usamen1.html

USA Men's National Team: All-time Results, 1885-1989

That "mumbo jumbo" results should have informed you & your source of misinformation that USA did not pull out of FIFA as you want to believe because you can see the results of USA games in the period.

Godwin, bring ya stool here make we ruuk inside dis 104 years results wey yu bring.
1957 Totals: 0W, 0D, 4L; Lost all four 1958 World Cup Qualification matches
1959; Only one full international - a friendly match against England, beaten by England 1-8.
1960 Totals: 0W, 1D, 1L; Two 1962 World Cup Qualification matches played in Nov 1960. Lost to Mexico, 3-6 Aggregate.
1961 Totals: 0W, 0D, 1L; Only one Friendly match against Colombia.
1964 Totals: 1W, 0D, 3L; Three Olympic, (not FIFA) Qualification matches and one Friendly against England, beaten by England 0-10!!

Would you say the number of engagements recorded above represent an ideal situation for a fully-functional national team???

Ajibs
Jul 7, 2010, 12:04 AM
Okocha cannot preach to the present Eagles about passion for the game while playing for the National Team. He should not be quick to forget his disappearing acts when needed for crucial matches, only for him to declare he missed the venue of the matches. Okocha was a big man in his playing days, at least towards the end of his career, just like some of these guys he is preaching to today.

MJ,
He has the right to preach as one who has been there and done that, and done it well for that matter. Especially in the national team, he has seen both the best and the worst. Remember this fellow was in the teams that won the African Nations Cup, and also a silver and a bronze medal at the competition, he has won the Olympics Gold and has played with Nigerian teams that have qualified for the World Cup. How many currently can compete with that record? So forget how he behaved and focus on what he is saying. It is possible that he is even telling them to also learn from his mistakes. Nothing wrong with that.

Then we also saw Okocha grow in his time in the National Team, we saw him go from more or less a show boy player to a player that realized how and when to use his skills to benefit the team. The man played for the national team for 13 years, he certainly could have made mistakes in that time. He still has the right to preach and should continue to do so.

Mikky jaga
Jul 7, 2010, 07:12 AM
MJ,
He has the right to preach as one who has been there and done that, and done it well for that matter. Especially in the national team, he has seen both the best and the worst. Remember this fellow was in the teams that won the African Nations Cup, and also a silver and a bronze medal at the competition, he has won the Olympics Gold and has played with Nigerian teams that have qualified for the World Cup. How many currently can compete with that record? So forget how he behaved and focus on what he is saying. It is possible that he is even telling them to also learn from his mistakes. Nothing wrong with that.

Then we also saw Okocha grow in his time in the National Team, we saw him go from more or less a show boy player to a player that realized how and when to use his skills to benefit the team. The man played for the national team for 13 years, he certainly could have made mistakes in that time. He still has the right to preach and should continue to do so.

I knew Okocha supporters will inundate me with what Okocha did in his playing days. But that is beside the point I was making. It is a fact that Okocha behaved lakaidaisically to National call in his days that once resulted in Nigeria missing out in the WC qualification to Angola.

He cannot now come to point accusing fingers to those that are doing the same thing he did in his playing days. If he wants to help, he should tell us what makes players feel bigger than their country and how to avoid that in the future rather than point fingers.