The Legal Framework for Sports Development in Nigeria

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 a commercial brand. Sporting events and programmes have now become huge brands wielding significant economic interest. Consequently, many persons who engage in sporting activity do so not merely for leisure or the physical wellbeing it portends but as a full-fledged career or with this aim. There is[…]

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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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