Setting Up Nigeria’s Court of Arbitration for Sport

As a result of the FIFA ban on Nigeria and in line with efforts to forestall similar crisis in future, the Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo has stated that he will immediately set in motion machinery to encourage the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to quickly activate the Nigerian Court of Arbitration for Sport (NCAS). This specialized court would be the venue for adjudication of sports disputes, away from the regular courts –which has been a source of run-ins with the world football governing body (FIFA) in times past. It is common knowledge that FIFA prohibits the taking of sports disputes[…]

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If Honeywell Noodles Sponsored a Nigerian Club

Hate it or love it, the Honeywell Noodles ‘Ipod Boy’ (a.k.a. “Bam Bam la la”) advert is catchy. Whether a little child dancing along to the television commercial; or an adult singing along while stuck in traffic, the advert really does leave an impression. Anyway, this is not about the success level of Honeywell Noodles’ attempt to wrest a share of the noodles market from Indomie; rather it is a thought about creative ways to encourage brand sponsorship, especially in Nigerian domestic football. We all love it when we see goal scorers celebrate with the likes of ‘Etighi’ and ‘Azonto’[…]

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The Ban on Lesbianism in Nigerian Football: FIFA Statutes vs. Nigerian Law

On the 28th of February 2013, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Women’s Football League, Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyedinma reportedly declared at the league congress that lesbianism has been officially banned from Nigerian football. This resulted in protests from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) interest groups. It is not the first time that women’s football in Nigeria is making headlines for its abhorrence of homosexuality. At the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the coach of Nigeria’s Super Falcons – Eucharia Uche was reported to have stated in an interview that she had eradicated homosexuality from the squad, further describing it as[…]

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Case Review: State FA is not a Juristic Person (Osiwa Igbuya v. Delta State Football Association)

The State Football Association (State FA) is a common feature in the football administration system in Nigeria. They are basically sub-units of the Nigeria Football Association (nowadays referred to as “Nigeria Football Federation”), present in each of the 36 States of the country as well as the Federal Capital Territory. Article 10(1)(a) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Statutes 2010 recognizes each State FA as a member of the NFF. In the case under review, the National Industrial Court (in Suit No: NIC/EN/32/2011) determines the juristic personality of the State FA in Nigeria i.e. whether they can sue or be[…]

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After Goal-Line Technology, What Next?

When on the 5th of July, 2012 the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of goal-line technology (GLT), it was victory for advocates of GLT. Being the body responsible for the Laws of the Game, any changes or modifications must be sanctioned by the IFAB and the traditional provisions relation to issues such as the qualities of the ball, when the ball is in or out of play, when a goal is scored and the referee/assistant referees, do not envisage the use of technology. Despite initially being opposed to the use of GLT especially given earlier unsuccessful tests,[…]

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Nigerian Sports and the Drawing Board: Implementing Sports Policy

The London 2012 Olympics have come and gone. Along with it went a nation’s hopes for at least a medal. From the sprinter to the fighter, no Nigerian was able to bask in the euphoria of a podium finish. Even the basketball team that would want to boast of being the first African team to win a basketball match at the Olympics has its argument watered down by the fact that the only team it beat was, in fact, an African team. As has mostly been the case in Nigerian sports over the past decade or so, it was another[…]

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Russia, Racism and 2018 Hosting Rights

The anti-racism campaign was rocked recently when fans of Russian club, Locomotiv Moscow acted in what was widely regarded as a racist manner. At a match, played shortly after Nigeria’s Peter Odemwingie was sold to West Brom of England, the Locomotiv fans displayed a large banner on which was inscribed the words “Thanks West Brom”; but the striking effect was the picture of a banana in the middle of the banner. The innuendo pointed firmly to the racist reference to a blacks. The player involved expressed his displeasure and reiterated that black players in the Russian league were often exposed[…]

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