Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: NFF Ratifies Decisions of NPL Congress

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has ratified the decision of the congress of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) to sack its executive led by Baribote Rumsey.

A communiqué issued at the end of the federation's 2012 Annual General Assembly in Port Harcourt yesterday, also directed the commencement of the 2012/2013 premier league season in January 2013.

The federation stated that the league should start before the commencement of the African Cup of Nations tournament scheduled for South Africa next month.

It also approved the setting up of a league management committee to supervise the affairs of the league for the 2012/2013 season pending the conduct of the NPL elections.

The federation ratified the decisions of its executive on the NPL endorsing the lifting of suspension of Akin Akinbobola.

It reversed the earlier expulsion of Ocean Boys FC of Brass from the NPL to demotion to the immediate lower league.

The federation directed that the Nigeria Women's League, the Nigeria Nation Wide League and the coaches association should hold their congresses within 90 days.

"Congress unanimously passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the NFF, extolling its hard work, sincerity of purpose, commitment to the tenets of association football and constant pursuit of excellence," it stated.

It also commended the efforts of the executive committee and management of the NFF in ensuring the qualification of various national teams for major international championships.

This included the Super Eagles qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the Flying Eagles for the 2013 Africa Youth Championship.

The others are Golden Eaglets for the 2013 Africa U-17 Championship and the good performances of the U-20 and U-17 Women national teams in FIFA championships in 2012.

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