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Mba, Bassey, Edibe off to Sudan

Despite the absence of the Super Eagles in the second Orange CAF African Nations Championship( CHAN) which kicks off in Sudan on February 4, three Nigerians are on the official CAF delegation to the championship.

FIFA referees instructor and member CAF referees committee Linus Mba is one of the ten officials that will supervise the 32 referees and assistant referees put together to handle the 32 matches on the cards.
Paul Bassey, CAF General Coordinator will put his organizational skills to the test when he functions as Security Officer to the competition.

Also on the delegation is assistant referee Peter Edibe. Edibe will want to go one better than his compatriot Solomon Nwokoma who did five matches in Rwanda and was considered “exemplary”

The 16 nation competition kicks off on February 4 with a match between host Sudan and Gabon in Group  A while the final is billed for February 25 at the Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman

I did not dare Imo govt —Uchegbulam

Former first Vice Chairman of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Chief Amanze Uchegbulam has said that the Imo State Football Association election which returned him to seat as chairman was not an effrontery on the state government.

He explained that the election was a bold step to save the State Governor Chief Ikedi Ohakim from being embarrassed by an imminent sanction from the NFF.

“I did not dare the Imo state government. We needed to hold the election according to the directive from the Nigeria Football Federation which threatened to sanction any state that fails to hold the election on or before January 31.

“It was done in good faith. It was not confrontational action as it is being termed by some people. The implications of an NFF sanction on football in the state were taken into consideration by the FA which decided that the election hold as scheduled.

If the election did not hold, any sanction by NFF would affect our darling team Heartland in the Premier League as they may lose vital points as a result of the action.

The decision of the FA was misconstrued to be an effrontery on the state government.

Ndubuoke Justifies NPL Congress

A member of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Congress, Chief Fan Ndubuoke has justified the cancellation of the Title Rights Sponsorship Bid saying the NPL Board did not consult the club owners on the process of the selection. Ndubuoke, a former Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) also served as the Chairman of the Media Committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) during the glorious reign of late Emeka Omeruah when Nigeria qualified for the first World Cup finals in 1994.

Presently the Chief Executive Officer of Heartland Football Club of Owerri, Ndubuoke described the actions of some of the NPL Board in respect of the bid for the title rights as a slight on the Congress. “In November 2010, the NPL Board invited us to a meeting and secured our mandate to seek new sponsors, but what happened afterwards amounted to a slight on the Congress because we were never consulted when the guidelines were drafted and we were not consulted when the bid was opened”, disclosed the Heartland boss.


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