It hit the news recently that the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), complained about the “invasion“ of Nigeria by foreign football leagues, particularly the English Premier League (EPL). NANF did not stop there as they are reported to have contracted Johnson & Steler Solicitors in London to initiate a
Having keenly followed the controversial ‘Giwa v. Pinnick’ case since 2014, yours truly was on hand at the Supreme Court today (20th February, 2017) to keep up with proceedings. The current matter may not necessarily add significantly to the sports law jurisprudence in Nigeria, primarily because it simply entails whether or
Challenges to decisions and rules of sports governing bodies are not new. Despite the well-entrenched principle of self-regulation, sports governing bodies occasionally have to defend their decision-making in courts of law. The trend in Nigeria, particularly involving football disputes, is indeed worrying. The frequency of court cases and the mostly
Article published on African Sports Law and Business Journal - African Sports Law and Business Bulletin, Issue 2/2014 1. Introduction As sport has grown over the years in terms of commercial value, there has been a corresponding growth in sports-related disputes. This increased commercial significance of sport means that the stakes are higher
Article published on African Sports Law and Business Journal - AFRICAN SPORTS LAW AND BUSINESS BULLETIN 1/2013 - Introduction Sports literature usually commence with an allusion to the extent to which sport has grown in the past few decades. This growth is obvious and it has heralded the development of sports as
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.