BY JUDE OPARA, Abuja
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it has finalized arrangements for the signing of a new contract with Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi in the next few days ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier between Nigeria and Rwanda on September 6.
Addressing the media after the meeting which lasted for about four hours, chairman of the communication committee of the federation, Chief Emeka Inyama said the need to sign the contract is to ensure that the country does not falter in her quest to defend the trophy she won in South Africa in 2013.
“Having finalized the fresh contract with Mr. Stephen Keshi, for him to continue as Head Coach of Super Eagles, and having forwarded same to Mr. Keshi, the Executive Committee expects the new contract to be signed by the NFF and Mr. Keshi in a matter of days”.
He also announced the lifting of the various bans handed out to some football stakeholders by the leadership of the impeached Alhaji Aminu Maigari saying such reprieve is with immediate effect.
However, for the former chairman of the technical committee of the NFF, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, it is not yet time for celebration as the board insisted he must first of all withdraw his case against the federation currently at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne Switzerland.
“After exhaustive deliberations, the Committee unanimously decided to lift bans of various lengths placed on the following members of Nigeria football family: Chief Rumson Baribote, Barr. Olaleye Adepoju, Mr. Jarrett Tenebe and Mr. Olajide Fashikun. The ban on former member of NFF Executive Committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi will be lifted once communication is received from the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he has withdrawn his case. Other banned persons will have their cases reviewed as soon as they appear before the Committee” Inyama stated.
Consequently, the board announced that Barr. Adepoju will, with immediate effect, retake his position as the chairman of Oyo State Football Association as well as his seat on the Executive Committee of NFF. Also, Mr. Chidi Ofor- Okenwa was cleared to retake his seat as chairman of Enugu State Football Association.
However, the Communiqué stated that the lifting of the ban placed on Chief Baribote is as far as football –related activities are concerned, and does not restore him to his former position as the chairman of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).
Meanwhile, following the confusion that greeted the purported lifting of the ban placed on two board members, Barr. Chris Green and Ahmed Yusuf Fresh for alleged anti board activities by the Appeals Committee of the NFF, the board announced that the chairman of that committee, Barr. Eddy Ibrahim Mark will appear before its Ethics and Fair-Play Committee headed by Barr. Ikechukwu Obidike. Other members are Hon. Shehu Adamu, Chief Effiong Johnson, Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu and Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande.