NFF Becomes First in Africa to Adopt FIFA DTMS

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has become the first FIFA member association in Africa to sign up for the FIFA Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS). Modeled after the international Transfer Matching System, the DTMS will help regulate and manage player transfers within the domestic league in an online system, which enhances efficiency and transparency. See more of the story on FIFA.com …

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Giwa & Co. – What the Court Actually Decided

From 8th April 2016, the news all over the place was that the Federal High Court (FHC), Jos Division had made an order nullifying the 30th September 2014 election of the NFF that brought the Amuju Pinnick-led board into office. This was followed by a public drama in which the Chris Giwa-led faction occasionally insisted on resuming office amid fears of a breakdown of law and order. About three weeks later, on 28th April 2016, a video emerged of the Registrar of the court, explaining to an interviewer, that the orders made by the court on 8th April did not[…]

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Understanding FIFA’s ‘No Court’ Rule

The ‘Giwa vs. Pinnick’ battle for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Presidency has resumed and resurrecting with it is an order of the Federal High Court, Jos Division, which set aside the NFF election of 30th September, 2014 that brought the Amaju Pinnick-led board into office. On 11th April, 2016, FIFA issued a letter to Mr. Pinnick – whom it recognizes as the President of the NFF – warning that the implementation of the court decision “would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF” (contrary to FIFA regulations), as a result of which sanctions[…]

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Sunday Oliseh: Last Chance Saloon for Nigerian Coaches

With Sunday Oliseh expected to be unveiled as the new head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, a lot of talk has centred on whether or not he is the right pick, given his lack of top-level coaching experience. Upon retirement, the former captain of the Super Eagles went on to acquire the highest coaching qualification available – the UEFA Pro Licence – held by the elite band of coaches qualified to manage any team in any of the top leagues. However, his coaching experience is limited to the Belgian second division. Those critical of Oliseh’s lack of coaching[…]

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