Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: NFF Ratifies NPL Resolutions- Baribote Stands Sacked

The General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has ratified the resolutions reached by the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).

In a communique issued after the NFF Annual General Assembly (AGA) held on Thursday in Port Harcourt, the Assembly approved that the Federation receive the NPL.

The NPL had on Tuesday dissolved the Chief Victor Baribote-led Executive Board of the Federation during its congress in Abuja.

The other resolutions ratified by the Nigerian Football body was the lifting of suspension of Mr. Akin Akingbola, the conversion of expulsion of Ocean Boys FC of Brass from Nigeria Premier League to demotion to the immediate lower league.

"The General Assembly ratified the decisions of the NFF Executive on the Nigeria Premier League endorsing the lifting of suspension of Mr. Akin Akingbola, the conversion of expulsion of Ocean Boys FC of Brass from Nigeria Premier League to demotion to the immediate lower league."

NFF also resolved to set up a League Management Committee to supervise the affairs of the League for the 2012/2013 league season pending the conduct of a fresh election.

"The Assembly also approved that the NFF Executive Committee receive the NPL and subsequently set up a League Management Committee to supervise the affairs of the League for the 2012/2013 league season pending the conduct of a fresh election."

League starts January

It also approved that the 2012/2013 Premier League season commence in January. The NFL had resolved to begin the new league on 16th of February in 2013 but the NFF Assembly prefer to have the league started earlier.

The congress also directed that the Nigeria Women's League, the Nigeria nationwide League, APFON and Coaches Association must hold their congress within the next 90 days.

Heartland wins

Meanwhile, Heartland of Oweri lifted the Charity Cup with a 2:0 win over Kano Pillars.

The match that was played at the Sharks of Portharcourt's stadium saw the Federation Cup champions netting each of their goals in the either half of the encounter.

Though, the Kano side were the best all through the game but were unable to convert their chances and paid dearly for it.

The encounter rounded off the 2012 AGA of the NFF and signalled the start of the new premier league season.

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