PINNICK CONGRATULATES DIKKO

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Friday congratulated NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, after the soft –spoken administrator and marketing and strategic development expert was appointed a Member of the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee. FIFA ratified the appointment of Dikko at its Council meeting held Friday, 27th October 2017 in Calcutta, India.

 

Dikko’s appointment made him the third Nigerian to be appointed into a FIFA Committee this year, after Pinnick himself was enlisted into the influential Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions and former Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips was elected Member of the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Council). 

 

“It has been a glorious year for Nigerian Football. We have qualified for the FIFA World Cup with remarkable ease, much more comfortably than anyone could have imagined after the group phase draw. We qualified for the CHAN. Now, we have people in very important positions in world football, signifying global reckoning, and it is a thing of absolute joy.

 

“Shehu (Dikko) fully deserves his appointment. He has been doing excellent job as Chairman of LMC and as 2nd Vice President and Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee, as well as the NFF Strategy Committee. I believe he will fly our country’s flag very high in that committee and his experience, deep knowledge and work ethic would be huge value added to FIFA’s objectives in developing football across board,” Pinnick told thenff.com.

 

Its modus operandi states that the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee “shall advise and assist FIFA on all matters relating to Football (including women’s football, futsal and beach soccer), particularly the structure of the game, as well as on all technical matters. The committee shall also deal with relationship between clubs, players, leagues, member associations, Confederations and FIFA, as well as issues relating to the interest of Club Football worldwide, and analyse the basic aspects of football training and technical development.”

 

The FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee is a merger of several committees (among them Football Committee and Strategic Studies Committees), in line with FIFA’s new organizational strategy that cut the list of committees from 20 to 11. President of CONCACAF and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani is Chairman of the committee. The membership cuts across so many

President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick on Friday congratulated NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, after the soft –spoken administrator and marketing and strategic development expert was appointed a Member of the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee. FIFA ratified the appointment of Dikko at its Council meeting held Friday, 27th October 2017 in Calcutta, India.

 

Dikko’s appointment made him the third Nigerian to be appointed into a FIFA Committee this year, after Pinnick himself was enlisted into the influential Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions and former Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips was elected Member of the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Council). 

 

“It has been a glorious year for Nigerian Football. We have qualified for the FIFA World Cup with remarkable ease, much more comfortably than anyone could have imagined after the group phase draw. We qualified for the CHAN. Now, we have people in very important positions in world football, signifying global reckoning, and it is a thing of absolute joy.

 

“Shehu (Dikko) fully deserves his appointment. He has been doing excellent job as Chairman of LMC and as 2nd Vice President and Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee, as well as the NFF Strategy Committee. I believe he will fly our country’s flag very high in that committee and his experience, deep knowledge and work ethic would be huge value added to FIFA’s objectives in developing football across board,” Pinnick told thenff.com.

 

Its modus operandi states that the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee “shall advise and assist FIFA on all matters relating to Football (including women’s football, futsal and beach soccer), particularly the structure of the game, as well as on all technical matters. The committee shall also deal with relationship between clubs, players, leagues, member associations, Confederations and FIFA, as well as issues relating to the interest of Club Football worldwide, and analyse the basic aspects of football training and technical development.”

 

The FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee is a merger of several committees (among them Football Committee and Strategic Studies Committees), in line with FIFA’s new organizational strategy that cut the list of committees from 20 to 11. President of CONCACAF and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani is Chairman of the committee. The membership cuts across all major stakeholders in football comprising Presidents of Member Associations, former players (including former Brazilian World Cup –winning captain Cafu and Dutchman Robin Van der Sar) and Chairmen of Leagues (including the Chairman of EPL and CEO of the Bundesliga).

 

World football –ruling body FIFA now conducts independent and very rigorous and thorough global integrity, background and eligibility checks on all its potential appointees well before –hand, and Pinnick, Justice Philips and Dikko deserve accolades for passing the tough tests conducted by independent and renown global experts.

 

It can be recalled that seven (7) Nigerians have been appointed into various committees of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), also this year.

 

Pinnick, who was the arrowhead of the Change Team that took over CAF in March this year after Issa Hayatou’s 29 years in office, is Member of the CAF Executive Committee and the CAF Emergency Committee, and also President of AFCON.

 

NFF 1st VP Seyi Akinwunmi is member of the Committee on Youth Competitions; FIFA’s new boy Dikko is member of the Committee on Inter-Clubs Competitions and Club Licensing System; Ibrahim Musa Gusau is member of Organizing Committee for CHAN; Senator Obinna Ogba is in the Committee for Futsal and Beach Soccer; Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ is member of the CAF Technical and Development Committee; Dr. Peter Singabele is in the CAF Medical Committee and; Chisom Mbonu is member of the Organizing Committee for Women’s Football.  

f EPL and CEO of the Bundesliga).

 

World football –ruling body FIFA now conducts independent and very rigorous and thorough global integrity, background and eligibility checks on all its potential appointees well before –hand, and Pinnick, Justice Philips and Dikko deserve accolades for passing the tough tests conducted by independent and renown global experts.

 

It can be recalled that seven (7) Nigerians have been appointed into various committees of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), also this year.

 

Pinnick, who was the arrowhead of the Change Team that took over CAF in March this year after Issa Hayatou’s 29 years in office, is Member of the CAF Executive Committee and the CAF Emergency Committee, and also President of AFCON.

 

NFF 1st VP Seyi Akinwunmi is member of the Committee on Youth Competitions; FIFA’s new boy Dikko is member of the Committee on Inter-Clubs Competitions and Club Licensing System; Ibrahim Musa Gusau is member of Organizing Committee for CHAN; Senator Obinna Ogba is in the Committee for Futsal and Beach Soccer; Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ is member of the CAF Technical and Development Committee; Dr. Peter Singabele is in the CAF Medical Committee and; Chisom Mbonu is member of the Organizing Committee for Women’s Football.  

LAGOS COCKTAIL FESTIVAL

The biggest cocktail festival in Nigeria, Lagos Cocktail Week ended its 4th edition with ‘the bar battle of the year’.

Created by the CEO of Eventi Cocktails, Lara Rawa, Lagos Cocktail Week is an annual event organised to celebrate the cocktail tradition in Lagos targeting mocktail and cocktail lovers, enthusiasts, novices, connoisseurs, bartenders, mixologists and more.

This year’s edition which took place at The Wheatbaker Hotel from Monday, 16th October to Sunday, 22nd October 2017 had a line-up of fun activities such as free samplings, cocktail demonstrations, masterclasses, bar hops, a garnish course by The Culinary Academy and the highly anticipated Bar Battle between top mixologists in the industry being the major highlight.

The Bar Battle which took place at the grand finale had mixologists from Radisson Blu, Renaissance Hotel, The Backyard, Cocoon and The Wheatbaker engage in an intense competition to become the face of Lagos Cocktail Week 2017 with Chef Fregz, Chef Ozoz and Ronke Sobudu as the judges.

The fierce competition saw Godwin Tawo from Rennaisance, Ikeja emerge winner, John from Radisson was the first runner-up and David from The Backyard and Grill being the second runner-up.

Guests at the grand finale include Toke Makinwa, Azuka Ogujuiba, Denola Grey, Toolz, Uti Nwachukwu, Ono Bello, Onah Nwachukwu and more.

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Death:Nobody died at uyo stadium.

 
The Nigeria Football Federation has stoutly denied a report making the rounds that five football fans died during stampede at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium before Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia.
 
Nigeria won 1-0 courtesy a 74th minute goal by Alex Iwobi to become the first African country to qualify for the Russia 2018, but a report claimed some persons died while trying to enter the field for the big match.
 
“There is absolutely no truth to the report that some fans died. Naturally, considering the nature of the particular match, so many fans wanted to watch the match live, and there were some pushing and shoving at the gates of the arena.
 
“We are in contact with the Akwa Ibom State Government and we can confirm that nobody died. A few persons suffered injuries but they are in hospital and their progress is being monitored,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Sunday.
 
Victory over Zambia marked only the second time in history that the Eagles would reach the World Cup finals with a match to spare, and Sanusi appealed to ball fans and stakeholders not to dampen the mood of celebration with fictitious reports.
 
“This is a good period for Nigerian Football. Only a few weeks ago, the Super Eagles also qualified for the African Nations Championship. There is so much to celebrate. There is no reason for stories that emanate only from the imagination of some people”

NFF BOARD IS THREE YEARS : AKINWUNMI GIVES OUT DAUGHTER

On 30th September 2014, they were elected into office in Warri as the Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation. On 30th September 2017, celebration in the house of a principal figure in the Committee in Lagos brought them together in an atmosphere of panache, warmth and laughter.

NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi on Saturday gave out his daughter, Adebanke in marriage to Soromfechukwu Uzomah, at a gorgeous ceremony in Lagos. The day kicked off with the traditional wedding followed by the church service at Trinity House and a memorable reception at The Dorchester, close by Trinity House on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Nigerian Football fraternity was fully represented. NFF President Amaju Pinnick, 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Sunday Dele-Ajayi, Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’, Chidi Ofo Okenwa, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Musa Duhu, Mohammed Alkali and Aisha Falode, LMC CEO Nduka Irabor and NFF Deputy General Secretary Emmanuel Ikpeme were joined by Communications and Protocol Directors Ademola Olajire and Tunde Aderibigbe.

There were also Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu (a former Member of the NFF Board), Members of Ogun State and Lagos State Executive Councils, former NFF Board Members Taiwo Ogunjobi and Ahmad Kawu, former NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Chairman of Club Owners Isaac Danladi, his secretary Jude Anyadufu, former Lagos State Director of Sports Kweku Tandoh, Radio Brila CEO Larry Izamoje, Members of the Lagos FA Board, Players’ Union scribe Austin Popo, foremost sports journalists and other football stakeholders.

An excited Pinnick said: “I am very happy for Barr. Seyi (Akinwunmi); it is a thing of joy to give out one’s son or daughter in marriage. The calibre of people I see here underscores the solidity of the unity of our football family.”

In three years, Pinnick’s Board has won six major trophies, including the FIFA U17 World Cup, two Women AFCON titles and the Africa U23 and Africa U20 men titles, plus Olympic men’s football bronze. There have also been capacity building programs for referees, coaches and administrators, extensive support for FIFA and CAF –sanctioned coaching license and referee courses, credible partnership agreements with leading corporates and a ringing voice and presence for Nigeria in international football politics.

Failure to qualify for successive AFCON finals in 2015 and 2017 and the U20 and U17 AFCON this year have been hard punches on the field of play, but Pinnick insists the Board’s vision of building a sustainable football culture and hard focus on youth development remain unshaken.

Election into the CAF Executive Committee, preceeded by appointment into the influential Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions and followed by appointments into the CAF Emergency Committee and as President of AFCON, have amounted to a meteoric rise that has made Pinnick the highest –placed Nigerian football official in history.

Yet, the former Executive Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission told thenff.com that the Board is not rolling out the drums yet, but working hard to ensure no stone is left unturned for eventual victory in Saturday’s all –important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying showdown between the Super Eagles and Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Uyo. A win will see Nigeria book a ticket to football’s greatest showpiece in Russia next year summer.

“Every Board of the NFF has opportunity to qualify for the FIFA World Cup only once, as it happens every four years and the life of any Board is four years. We are so close to getting it and that is our big focus for now. All the drumming, singing and back –slapping can wait until the evening of Saturday.”