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NFF re-endorses Amodu

By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
•Obuh heads U-20, Odigie leads U-17, Uche for Falcons
Indications are rife that a Technical Adviser would be hired for the Eagles even though the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation rose from its meeting,Thursday, to announce that Shaibu Amodu be allowed to retain his position as the team’s Chief Coach.

Dr. Shehu Adamu, a member of the NFF Executive Committee, who read the communique, said the Committee has unanimously adopted the position of its Technical Committee, and the coaches association of Nigeria which met Tuesday and recommended that the members of the Eagles’ technical crew be kept in their post for the African Cup of Nations Angola 2010 and the Fifa World Cup finals South Africa 2010.

NFF allows Shaibu Amodu to retain his position as the team’s Chief Coach
NFF allows Shaibu Amodu to retain his position as the team’s Chief Coach

But Stephen Gybgon, an Executive Committee member of the NFF, while responding to questions, said a new Technical Adviser for the Eagles would be appointed if the need arises.

“If the need arises for a new Technical Adviser for the Eagles the NFF Board would meet and decision favourable to this nation would be taken”, thus declared Stephen Gybgon yesterday.

Adamu, however, said the camping for the Eagles in Namibia has been approved, and it would open from December 28 ahead Angola 2010 that kicks off from January 10.

“The NFF Executive Committee commended all the Super Eagles’ players and members of technical crew for the honour done Nigeria with the World Cup ticket.

“The Committee also unanimously adopted the position of its technical sub-committee and the coaches association of Nigeria, which on Tuesday, November 24, recommended that members of the Super Eagles’ technical crew should be kept in their post for the African Nations Cup Angola 2010 and Fifa World Cup South Africa 2010. Equally, the camping of the Super Eagles in Namibia has been approved, to start from December 28”, Dr. Shehu Adamu said.

The Committee expressed sincere appreciation to all Nigerians, particularly Mr. President, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (GCFR), for their support in ensuring the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be staged in the Republic of South Africa.

The Committee also commended the excellent organization of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009, praising the LOC for a good job as well as the commitment of the eight Sub–seats. It also praised the sterling performance of the Nigeria U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, which finished as runners-up.

The NFF Executive Committee commended all the Super Eagles’ players and members of technical crew for the honour done Nigeria with the World Cup ticket.

The Committee also unanimously adopted the position of its technical sub–committee and the Coaches Association of Nigeria, which on Tuesday, November 24,  recommended that members of the Super Eagles’ technical crew should be kept in their post for the African Nations Cup Angola 2010 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

Equally, the camping of the Super Eagles in Namibia has been approved, to start from December 28 .

In order to ensure early preparation for upcoming international engagements, the committee approved the recommendation of  the technical sub–committee to appoint Mr. John Obuh, Mr. Abimbola Samuel and Mr. Suleiman Shuaibu as new Head Coach and assistants respectively of the U-20 men’s team, and Mr. Monday Odigie as the Head Coach of the U-17 boys’ team.

It also approved the appointment of Eucharia Uche as Head Coach of Super Falcons (to be assisted by Bala Nikyu, Gidado Abubakar and Ann Chiejine), Edat Agat as Head Coach of the U-20 women’s team (to be assisted by Wemimo Oni Olanrewaju, Christopher Alor and and Florence Omagbemi) and Peter Dedevbo as Head Coach of the U-17 girls’ team (to be assisted by Justine Madugu and Babatunde Sikiru Odubola and one other to be decided in a few days).

The Committee also approved plans for an Extra-Ordinary General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation to hold before the end of this year. It also approved the recommendations of world governing body, FIFA, for amendments in its Statutes for drafting of the Electoral Code, for elections that will take place next year.


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