The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation met at the Hampton Hotel, Asaba, Delta State on Tuesday, 20th November 2018 to deliberate on important issues in Nigerian Football and resolved as follows:
- The Executive Committee commended the players and officials of the Senior Men National Team, Super Eagles, for Nigeria’s qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals with a match in hand, following a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg on 17th November 2018. Members praised the heartwarming support and encouragement of the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and the Federal Government at large, to all the National Teams, the Nigeria Football Federation and Nigerian Football generally.
- Committee resolved that preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations must start immediately, with the Super Eagles’ technical crew headed by Mr. Gernot Rohr mandated to submit a programme of preparation within a couple of weeks. Available windows for friendly matches before the championship would be fully utilized.
- Following a briefing by the Chairman of the Marketing, Sponsorship and TV Rights Committee, the Board expressed delight with the efforts that went into the negotiations for a new, improved contract with kit sponsors, NIKE. Members applauded the terms of the new contract which specified that a) NIKE would supply more kits to the Nigeria National Teams every year b) The contract now captures the Women National Teams c) a base compensation would be paid to the NFF by NIKE every year d) There would be improved qualification bonus for all National Teams that reach major championships e) NFF would get 10% royalty on all Nigerian jerseys sold by NIKE worldwide f) kits supply would now be door-to-door, saving NFF the usually disturbing financial burden of clearing the kits from the ports g) the contract is for four years, with an automatic four –year renewal clause once the Eagles qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. They were also impressed that renegotiation is possible in the year 2023 should marketing situation and brand attributes improve.
- Following a presentation by the Chairman of the Nigeria National League, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, and a response by Mallam Shehu Dikko to the effect that the issue of Relegation/Promotion between NNL and NPFL was a matter for the Clubs to propose, it was resolved that the NNL Board should be encouraged to hold a meeting with all NNL Clubs, after which an expanded meeting involving the NPFL and some NFF members (to be chaired by the NFF 1st Vice President) would take place, to determine the way forward for the promotion/relegation of teams in the NNL for the year. Board empowered the President to approve whatever propositions/decisions are reached at the expanded meeting for a way forward for the League.
- Board re-inforced an earlier resolution that youth competitions are developmental, and that only qualification bonus would be paid to players and officials of age –grade National Teams. In addition, the Board resolved to closely monitor the age –grade National Teams (U15, U17 & U20) in order to ensure that the coaches follow the Board’s mandate to have players graduating from the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Program, and in that wise resolved to closely monitor the current U20 squad.
- The Executive Committee expressed disappointment with the performance of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, in the team’s opening match loss to South Africa at the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana but expressed confidence in the ability of the coaching crew and the players to bounce back. The Board however charged the players and the technical crew to put the defeat behind them and assume the true spirit of champions from their second match against Zambia on Wednesday, 21st November 2018, and go ahead to not only win a ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, but to also retain the trophy.
- The Board, on behalf of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family, expressed immense gratitude to the Executive Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa and his administration for the continued support and show of love to the NFF and the National Teams, most recently being the camping of the Super Eagles in Asaba for their 2019 AFCON qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg and the sponsorship of the international friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Cranes of Uganda which took place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on tuesday, 20th November 2018.
IN ATTENDANCE: Amaju Melvin Pinnick (President); Seyi Akinwunmi (1st Vice President); Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President); Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Member); Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ (Member); Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Member); Sharif Rabiu Inuwa (Member); Musa Duhu (Member); Ganiyu Majekodunmi (Member); Emmanue Ibah (Member); Chidi Ofo Okenwa (Member); Mohammed Alkali (Member)
ABSENT WITH APOLOGY: Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Member); Babagana Kalli (Member); Aisha Falode (Member); Mohammed Sanusi (Secretary)