The Executive Committee of the
This piece is to explain the resolutions made at the meeting and their implications.
1. Praise for Presidency
President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Yemi Osinbajo got praises from the committee for his support for Amaju Pinnick-led NFF.
It was the presidency that intervened to reinstate Pinnick as NFF boss and sent a letter to FIFA to avoid a ban.
2. Commitment of Sponsors
The committee commended the commitment of sponsors during the leadership crisis that engulfed the NFF.
The situation was tensed when faction leader Chris Giwa backed by sports minister Solomon Dalung, took over as NFF boss citing an order from a Federal High Court in Jos.
The committee, however, pointed out the commitment and patience from sponsors and member of the NFF management during the impasse.
3. Super Eagles
All the focus of the NFF have now been directed to the Super Eagles 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Tanzania for Saturday, September 7.
It was also resolved that the foreign-based players will fly directly into Seychelles from their bases in Europe and China.
4. Home ground for Super Eagles
The NFF are searching for a new home for the Super Eagles and the Committee have mandated the Technical and Development Committee to work with the Strategy Committee to come with a definite venue for Nigeria’s home game against Libya in October.
Nigeria will host Libya in the Matchday three of AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
5. Reps for CAF Competitions
The NFF are working towards reaching a resolution on how to select Nigeria’s representatives for CAF competitions.
CAF have given Nigeria until October 15 to submit names of her representatives for next season’s Champions League and Confederation Cup.
First and second teams in the Nigeria Professional football League (NPFL) qualify for the CAF Champions League while the third-place team go for the CAF Confederation Cup.
But the NPFL on break, the NFF say they will have to find a way to choose Nigeria’s reps for CAF competitions next season.
6. NPFL and Aiteo Cup
The committee also mandated the League Management Company (LMC) and NFF Football Committee to meet to explore strategies on how to continue with the NPFL season and ensure a seamless Aitoe Cup Competition.
7 Super Falcons Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) campaign
The Committee also deliberate on the Super Eagles and resolved that no stone will be left unturned to ensure a successful campaign for Nigeria.
The Super Falcons are the defending champions of the AWCON after winning the title in 2016.
8. Golden Eaglets
Nigeria’s U-17 were in focus during the meeting as the Committee resolved the Technical Committee to work hard towards the qualification campaign for the 2019 U-17 AFCON campaign.