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I Shall Win A Title In My Second Season – Dombraye

Former Nigeria international and Iwuanyanwu Nationale forward, Eddy Lord Dombraye has boasted that he has the technical wherewithal to perform excellently if he is given the opportunity to handle a top Nigerian club side.

Speaking from his base in Ukraine, the one time top scorer in the Nigerian top flight league, who is currently attached to the U17 side of Arsenal Kiev, reiterated his desire to return back to Nigeria as a coach in the Nigerian league.

“Once again, I want to restate my wish to return to Nigeria as a coach. However, I am not begging to be given a coaching job because I know my worth as a well trained and eminently qualified coach,” Dombraye, who holds UEFA A and B coaching licences stated.

When asked on his knowledge of the politics and intricacies of football in the country, he intoned confidently that he is well versed in the daily happenstances in Nigerian football.

Eddy Dombraye
Photo credit: Eddy Dombraye

He went further to boast of his determination to make a quick an positive impact on Nigerian football in only his second season as a coach in Nigeria.

“I am confident of winning a title in my second season as a coach in Nigerian football,” he boasted.

“Do not forget that I played top football in Nigerian football and I sure understand the terrain so much. I am coming with a unique brand of football that would shock Nigeria football,” he enthused.

Akeem Busari

ICC TO WORK WITH INTERPOL IN FIGHTING CORRUPTION

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has met with Interpol, the organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation, to discuss closer working relations as part of its ongoing efforts to combat corruptors in the game.

The General Manager of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Alex Marshall, was at Interpol headquarters in Lyon last week to explore how the two organisations can operate more effectively.

Alex Marshall, General Manager – ICC Anti-Corruption Unit: “The ICC and Interpol are keen on working together and our meetings in Lyon last week were productive. The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members.

“Our focus is on education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organisations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us.”

José de Gracia, Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Criminal Networks unit: “Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity. Our meetings and cooperation with partners such as the ICC help us shape a collaborative, holistic response.”

Edo Sports Commission Dismisses Report On Chairman

The Edo State Sports commission has dismissed reports that its chairman, Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen has yet to receive his brief as head of the commission several months after he was appointed to the job.

A newspaper had in a report in the sports pages of its Sunday March 24, 2019 edition, stated that Barrister Dudu-Orumen had in addition to not having received his job mandate, had also failed to have a meeting with the Deputy Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Phillip Shaibu, whose office oversights sports in the state.

The report also noted that the Edo State Sports Commission boss, Barrister Dudu-Orumen, following his inability to receive his brief and have a meeting with the Deputy Governor had tried without success to have audience with Governor Godwin Obaseki, to sort out the matter.

In a statement on Sunday signed by Nnamdi Okosieme, Special Adviser, Media to the chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, the commission dismissed the report as false and misleading.

Okosieme noted that contrary to the position of the paper, Barrister Dudu-Orumen was well aware of his responsibilities as boss of the sports commission.

“There is no iota of truth to the allegation that Barrister Dudu-Orumen has yet to receive his brief as boss of the sports commission months after resuming duty. The law setting up the commission is clear and the chairman is quite mindful of his responsibilities as head of the commission and has been discharging them.

“The idea that several months after Barrister Dudu-Orumen was appointed chairman of the commission, that he has yet to have a meeting with his excellency, Rt. Hon. Phillip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, is preposterous. As anyone who has followed developments in the sports sector in Edo State in the last six months will attest, Barrister Dudu-Orumen has met with the Deputy Governor on several occasions. As a matter of fact, the sports commission chairman routinely briefs the Deputy Governor on the activities of the commission. Only recently, Barrister Dudu-Orumen and His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Shaibu were in the Edo State team led by Governor Obaseki himself to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Sports on the 2020 National Sports festival to be hosted by Edo State,” Okosieme said in the statement.

Barrister Godwin Dudu-Orumen

He added that it was also blatantly false that Barrister Dudu-Orumen as head of the sports commission has tried without success to meet with Governor Obaseki. He said the sports commission chairman has met a few times with the governor and was with him during the signing of the MoU on the 2020 sports Festival in Abuja.

The statement urged reporters to always seek clarification on issues before publishing noting that the latest report was capable of not only injuring the reputation of Barrister Dudu-Orumen but equally denting the image of the sports commission particularly as it seeks to revolutionize sports in Edo State.

Taiwo Ogunjobi’s Family To Set Up Foundation In His Memory

The family of late chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi has disclosed plans to establish a foundation in memory of the late soccer icon and former secretary general of the NFF.

Seyi Akinwunmi, Eunice Ogunjobi at the Taiwo Ogunjobi symposium

Speaking on behalf of the children and family members, the first child of the former captain and former sole administrator of Shooting Stars Sport Club, Eunice Ogunjobi stated that the family have decided to establish a sports and education foundation to help continue the selfless and philanthropic activities of the football legend.

” My father was a man who was passionate about the well being of his family, as well as, the general interest of the football community.

Osun Football Association Chairman, and Former NFF Secretary General Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi

” We can’t talk enough about his life and times. Therefore, together with my other siblings, we shall establish a foundation to help encourage talented young athletes develop their careers, as well as, giving them the opportunity to get education and a better future,” the UK based lady revealed.

Akeem Busari

Taiwo Ogunjobi: How Ogunjobi Gave Me My First Coaching Job – Siasia

Former Super Eagles player and coach, Samson Siasia in a rare disclosure stated that he would forever remain grateful to late chief Taiwo Ogunjobi for giving him his first national team coaching job.

Speaking at the Adamasigba Sports complex, Ibadan during the burial rites for the late soccer legend and Osun State FA boss, Siasia, recalled how Ogunjobi selflessly encouraged him to return home from his USA base to take up the Nigeria U20 job.

“I was based in the USA and gradually building a career as a coach. From there, I applied for the job of U20 team,” Siasia, fondly called Eusebio by his admirers explained.

Osun Football Association Chairman, and Former NFF Secretary General Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi

“Chief Ogunjobi encouraged me to come home and he also ensured I got the job. I shall forever remain grateful to him for helping me build a successful career as a coach,” the silver and bronze Olympics soccer medals winner remarked.

Akeem Busari

Nigeria Supporters’ Club Condemns Criminal Acts Against Nigerian Footballers

The Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club has joined millions of Nigerians to condemn the recent spate of kidnapping of officials and family members of Nigerian footballers.

In a chat with the press, the national chairman of the NFSC, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, it described the incidents as despicable and unfortunate.

” In the recent past, we heard of how the father of Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi was kidnapped and later released after a huge ransom was paid. And then coach Abdullahi Biffo was also kidnapped recently,” Ikpea recalled.

” And few weeks ago, Super Eagles winger, Samuel Kalu had to pay a huge ransom to secure the release of his father from kidnappers. These incidents are, indeed, worrisome and a smear on our image as a people, to say the least,” he lamented.

Samuel Ikpea, President Nigeria football supporters club, (NFSC)

According to the amiable and passionate football enthusiast, the incidents could have immense psychological effects on the players and their performances.

” You know, we have several players based outside the country and such incidents could scare them and their families away from coming to represent Nigeria,” he noted.

Ikpea went ahead to appreciate the efforts of Nigeria Police and other security agencies for their positive responses at such critical moments.

Akeem Busari

NFF Congratulates President Buhari On Re-election

The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday congratulated His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR on his re-election as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In the early hours of Wednesday, the electoral body, Independent National Electoral Commission, declared President Buhari successfully re-elected along with his running mate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, GCON.

“The NFF is excited by the victory of President Buhari. We attribute all the successes that we have had in football in the past four years to His Excellency, working closely and in unison with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other key members of his administration.

“The Government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been providing the conducive environment necessary for the game of football to thrive in our dear country and we believe that the next four years will be even more fruitful for Nigerian football,” NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said.

Pinnick, who alongside NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi is attending the FIFA Executive Football Summit in Rome, Italy, said the various accomplishments of Nigerian Football locally and internationally in the past four years, on and off the field, could not have seen the light of day without the active support and encouragement of the Buhari Government.

“We will always remain very grateful to His Excellency and his Government. We have received the maximum support from the administration. We will work even harder in the next four years to take Nigerian Football to even higher heights of excellence.”

President Muhammadu Buhari

In the past four years of the Buhari administration, Nigerian Football has blossomed on and off the field, with FIFA and CAF appointments for Nigerians more than ever before. Pinnick himself became the first –ever 1st Vice President of CAF from Nigeria. He is also a Member of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, and President of the organising committee for the AFCON – CAF’s flagship competition.

Other Nigerians such as Justice Ayotunde Phillips (Ethics Committee, Adjudicatory Chamber) and Shehu Dikko (Football Stakeholders Committee) are in FIFA, while Senior Advocate A. U. Mustapha is president of the CAF Appeal Board. Samson Adamu (Director of Competitions) and Christian Emeruwa (Head of Safety and Security) have lead roles in CAF.

Pinnick’s deputy, Seyi Akinwunmi (Youth Competitions); Dikko (Inter-Clubs and Club Licensing); Ahmed Yusuf (Technical and Development); Ibrahim Gusau (CHAN); Ifeanyi Ubah (AFCON); Obinna Ogba (Futsal and Beach Soccer); Peter Singabele (Medical) and; Chisom Ezeoke (Women’s Football) are all in CAF committees.