Nigeria Football Supporters Club
On Friday, the Chairman, Nigeria South Africa chapter of the Football Supporters Club, Osita Okeke, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to give it early notice of matches in the South African region. Okeke told the Nigeria News Agency on the telephone from Johannesburg, South Africa, that members of the club did not attend some matches played in the region in recent times.
- “For instance, members of the supporters club did not get early information about the Enyimba FC of Aba CAF Confederation match in South Africa. “It is the same with the Super Eagles Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Lesotho in Maseru.
- “We are always available to cheer any Nigerian team that plays in the Southern African region,’’ he told NAN. Okeke also urged the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to also carry them along when there was tournament or championships involving Nigeria in other games.
- “We appeal to the NFF to inform us of matches in the South African region through our national body in good time. “We will mobilize members to the match venue and give full support to any national team or Nigerian club.
Apart from football, the Netbet Nigeria supporters will mobilize and cheer sportsmen and women participating in other events. Early notice can fuel fans’ capacity to go to any venue and support Nigerian sportsmen and women in spite of being just football supporters.
The chairman commended the Super Eagles for a good beginning in the quest to qualify for the 2021 AFCON tournament, which will be hosted by Cameroon. Nigeria leads Group L with six points from two matches in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
“We request that the present players and officials in the Super Eagles be kept together to accomplish the task ahead. We are very optimistic that if kept together, the new-look Super Eagles will win AFCON 2021 tournament,’’ Okeke said.
In a similar vein, Olabisi Joseph has emerged as the first female President of the Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) at the election held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Joseph who was the Secretary in the immediate past executive won unopposed.
Joseph in her victory speech expressed gratitude to the NSSF family for the support and cooperation of member states. “I sincerely want to thank the NSSF family and friends for their unending support, my gratitude goes to those who believe in us, thank you.
“Together we will continue to promote the development of sports at the grassroots. I strongly believe in our strength as a team,” she said. When asked about how being the first elected female president would positively shape the federation, she said: “It honestly doesn’t matter the particular gender at the helm of affair.
”I believe in contributing my best, and that’s what I have done consistently and been the president now would just make it better. Although women are known to be better managers and we intend to leave an impressive mark at the end of our tenure,” she said.
The immediate past president, Malam Ibrahim Mohammed, urged stakeholders to continue to support the new excos in order to make their tenure a success. “I want to appeal to our sponsors, friends, and family of NSSF, you were amazing during my tenure, my predecessor wants nothing other than your support.
“This is a continuation of our legacy as a family, I don’t like to call us association, what you see here today is a big family,” he said. NAN reports that Joseph emerged as the 3rd president of the association since it was founded in 1976 after the civil war.
“Bisi has beyond doubt shown that she’s capable. Everyone knows I’m not based in Lagos, but whatever I ask her to do she doesn’t flinch she carries out her duty with the utmost sense of responsibility.
Dickson Monday emerged as the 1st Vice President, while Emma Ebong as 2nd VP, Antonia Nwari as 4th VP while Dr. Funsho Oba is the Treasurer.