The nigeria football federation will provide support for clubs in the nigeria professional football league, nigeria national league, nigeria women football league and the nigeria nationwide league for next season’s football campaign, as a result of challenges that have arisen from the covid-19 pandemic, says the federation’s president, amaju melvin pinnick.
During a live session on nff’s official instagram page on thursday, pinnick said the nff is at the moment expecting a total sum of $1million from world football-governing body, fifa, and another $500,000 from the african confederation, caf. He said the nff would take from these various monies and add also from monies that its expecting from its corporate partners then see what itcan give to each of the clubs in these four cadres.
He said this financial support is for them to get their campaigns off the ground for the new season that has been set for september/october, depending on signals gotten from the federal government, through the presidential task force on the covid-19 and other relevant organs.
He further stated that the nnff will support the league organizing bodies financially.
On the issue of the points-per-game (ppg) formula adopted to bring the beleaguered 2019/2020 season to a close, the nff supremo reiterated that it was the decision of the vast majority of the clubs in the npfl, which was also subjected to careful analyses and consultations.
Pinnick assured that the nff would prioritize for now, the qualification of the u17 and u20 women national teams for their various fifa world cup competitions, as well as getting top grade friendly matches for the super eagles and the super falcons.
On the issue of continuous trailing of players of dual nationality with a view to getting them to represent nigeria, pinnick stated clearly that only players with the keen interest and resolve would be encouraged, as nigeria would not beg any player to represent her
Pinnick said this year’s nff/zenith bank future eagles championship, which was already at the zonal stage before the disruption occasioned by covid-19, would have to start all over again. “we have no choice. It is a programme so close to our hearts, knowing that it serves the important purpose of providing true youngsters for the national teams. The pandemic has disrupted and certainly, some of the players would no longer be of the age that they were before the disruption. So, we have to start all over again.”
On a final note, the NFF president appealed to the stakeholders of the game to shun the allure of negative sensation, with some misguided and mischievous members of the football family always bandying around fictitious and outlandish figures as having been misappropriated by the football body