NFF to constitute boards for NPFL, NNL, NWFL, NLO next month
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday, disclosed that it would soon constitute boards for the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), the Nigeria National League (NNL), the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) and the Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO).
The Federation, in a communiqué issued at the end of its executive committee meeting on Monday, said the new boards would further rejuvenate domestic football, hence it would within the next one month, through its governing structure enthrone best practices, as enshrined in the statutes, unveil and constitute the boards.
The NFF also said that it has approved a 10-day final camping programme in North Africa for the national U-17 boys’ team, Golden Eaglets, just as it urged the team to work hard to win the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations slated for Algeria between April 29 and May 19, and also secure one of the tickets to the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals taking place later this year.
The communiqué reads:“While asseverating that the bronze-medal performance of the Flying Eagles at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Egypt was below-par, the board charged the technical crew and the players to see it as a national duty to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup for Nigeria when the tournament holds in Argentina between May 20 and June 11.
“The board expressed satisfaction with the new positive spirit and winning mentality in the camp of the senior women’s national team, Super Falcons, which has seen the team win its last three international matches. With the bigger picture of the biggest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup competition coming up in Australia and New Zealand this summer in mind, the board admonished the technical crew to work even harder to give confidence to the players that they can indeed stand their own against the world’s best. Board stated that it will do even more to prepare the team for the big challenge with another grade A friendly match in Europe and a two-week camping in Australia before the kick-off of the tournament on 20 July.”
The NFF board, however, frowned at the activities of football agents, whom it described as disturbing.
“Genuinely disturbed by the vexed issue of agents and football merchants around the various national teams and their debilitating effects on the performance of the teams over the past few years, the board vowed to, henceforth, mete out stiff sanctions to whoever is caught aiding or abetting, dealing, perpetrating or perpetuating the ignoble activities of these nefarious individuals no matter their roles, status or pedigree.”
The NFF expressed dissatisfaction with recent performances of the Super Eagles and the Olympic Eagles (U-23 team), while restating the NFF president’s position that it would never beg any player to wear the nation’s colours.