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NFF Elections: National Football Teams Will Be At Every World Cup If… Says Chidi Okonkwo

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Chairman Abuja-based City FC, Chidi Okonkwo has charged candidates for the forthcoming Nigeria Football Federation, NFF elections to search their conscience and be honest with what they will do when elected.

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He said these in Abuja today that Nigeria would be at every World Cup finals if the right leadership is in place.

This is just as the former NFF General Secretary, Barr Musa Amadu posited that the new leaderships of the Federation should be servant leaders and not narcissists just and the First Vice President, Barr Seyi Akinwunmi said the election is not a do or die affairs.

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“We admire what we see other football developed nations do, and we can do same if we have the right leadership in place.

“Every decision lies on the delegates. If we have the right leadership, there’s no way Nigeria won’t be at any world championship. Let’s put our heads together and make the right decision for the development of our football”, said Chidi Okonkwo at the Nigeria Football Progressive Forum held in Abuja.

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Elated at the turn out of stakeholders to the event, Okonkwo said the enthusiasm that is associated with football in Nigeria is so much that every family can draw up the Super Eagles team list whenever the Eagles have a match.

“No one knows it all, and football is one family. So, let’s put heads together to ensure true.and good leadership to govern our football”.

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Both Barristers Amadu and Akinwunmi who were members of the recently approved 10Year Football Masterplan Committee at the Nigeria Football Progressive Forum, a bi-partisan of patriotic stakeholders committed to positive change put together by the chairman of Abuja-based City FC; admitted that football is a unifying factor in the country.

“Football is a major unifier game that binds all facets irrespective of class, ethnicity and religion”, Barr Amadu said and stated that the forum was long over due as he pointed out that all those involved in the administration of football are together irrespective of their aspirations to occupy various aspects in the governing of the game of football.

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Football, he said, breeds a lot of values and urged all to respect each other and imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship. “Integrity is important in all we do. Leadership must be servant leader and not a narcissist type”, he said and added that the 10Years Football Masterplan would need to be properly looked at for the development of the game.

Earlier, Barr Akinwunmi said football is about creating value, and how to bridge the gap.

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Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon Godfrey Ali Gaye in his opening remarks, said the football family will do well, if they come together to chart the way forward. “It’s nice this forum is holding now. The NFF election to elect those that will pilot our football affairs in the next four years is holding soon.

“I believe the new leaders will breath fresh air to the NFF”, said Hon Godfrey Ali Gaye.

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The Bauchi State FA chairman, Paschal Patrick urged that the delegates are not biased in their decision to elect those that have the love of football at heart.

Former junior international, Emmanuel Babayaro in his eloquent remarks, said the media is always kicked aside in major decisions taken in the administration of football in the country.

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“No football business thrive without the media, which is the reason the world football governing body, FIFA partner the media in its programmes. In South Africa, media is used to power it’s programmes, but such do not exist in Nigeria’s football administration”, said Emmanuel Babayaro.

He urged that the NFF leadership need to be open and transparent saying that there are too many loopholes in the country’s football development as the Ex-International urged that Football and Sports Arbitration be embraced in the country’s football and sports.

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BREAKING: Mikel Obi announces retirement from football at 35

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By Gloria Ikibah

Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.

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The Chelsea FC hero disclosed this on his social media accounts on Tuesday.

In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, the former Chelsea of England star said it was a wrap for his 20 years footballing career as he begins another chapter of his life.

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Naijablitznews.com recalled that the 35-year-old retired from international football three years ago, after he led the Super Eagles to finish third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Mikel Obi made a total of 89 appearances for Nigeria between 2005 and 2019, scoring six times befroe leaving the Super Eagles, and has now called it quits for club football.

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“There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end”, and for my professional football career, that day is today,” he said.

“I look back at the past 20 years of my career, and I must say that I am very satisfied with all that I was able to achieve and more importantly the human it has helped shape.

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“All of this would not have been possible without the unwavering support of my family, managers, clubs, coaches, teammates and most importantly my ever-loyal fans.

“You supported me through my highs and lows, even on days that I did not live up to your expectations. I say a big thank you.

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“I will also like to encourage everyone who I may have inspired one way or the other in the course of my career to never give up on their dreams, for every time you think about quitting, remind yourself why you started.

“This is not goodbye, it’s the start of another journey, another chapter of my life. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope you will walk with me. Thank you.”

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Mikel helped Nigeria win the 2013 AFCON, and was with the Flying Eagles at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he won the silver ball as the tournament’s second-best player behind Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

At Stamford Bridge, the midfielder lifted every major honour, which included two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Europa League, among others. He clocked up a mammoth 372 appearances in a Chelsea shirt.

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Croatia, Netherlands Qualifies For Nations League Semi-finals

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Croatia and the Netherlands booked their places in the last four of the Nations League as champions France needed a favour to avoid relegation from the top tier on Sunday 25 September, 2022.

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Les Bleus were beaten 2-0 in Denmark to finish with just one win from their six group games, but Croatia’s 3-1 win at Austria saved the world champions from the drop.

Didier Deschamps will be hoping to have a number of key men back from injury by the time France’s defence of the World Cup begins against Australia on November 22 2022.

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They will also come up against the Danes in the group stage in Qatar and the Euro 2020 semi-finalists showed they are more than capable of causing France more trouble in two months’ time.

Both goals came before half-time as Kasper Dolberg stretched to turn home Mikkel Damsgaard’s cross before Andreas Skov Olsen volleyed in from the edge of the area.

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France were without Hugo Lloris, Jules Kounde, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema through injury.

But the star trio of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe failed to find a way back into the game.

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Denmark’s win meant Croatia needed to get all three points in Austria to top the group.

Luka Modric got the 2018 World Cup finalists off to a flying start, but they were quickly pegged back by Christoph Baumgartner’s header.

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Two goals in three second half minutes proved decisive as Marko Livaja and Dejan Lovren headed in at the far post.

Defeat relegated Austria to League B.
The Netherlands made sure of top spot in Group A4 with a 1-0 win over Belgium thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s header 17 minutes from time.

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The Dutch just needed to avoid defeat by a three-goal margin after winning 4-1 in Brussels earlier in the group.

A Belgian revival never looked likely and Van Dijk settled the game when he was left completely unmarked to head in a corner inside the six-yard box.

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In the same group, Wales were relegated after losing 1-0 at home to Poland.

Karol Swiderski scored the only goal in Cardiff from Robert Lewandowski’s cushioned through ball.

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Why I Hired A Witch Doctor – Paul Pogba

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Juventus midfielder, Paul Pogba has confessed to hiring a witch doctor.

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The French International, however, said it was not to harm anyone but to help him with his injuries.

He explained to investigators working for France’s Central Office for the Fight against Organised Crime (OCLCO) that he was “looking to be protected against injury” and “also to help poor kids in Africa” he was in connection with through an aid organisation.

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Two judicial sources in Paris confirmed the revelations and the transcript from interviews completed last month.

Pogba’s confession comes after his brother, Mathias, claimed ‘The Marabout’ who calls himself ‘Ibrahim the Great’ was paid to cast evil spells on Mbappé.

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Five suspects including Mathias, have been charged with trying to blackmail Pogba out of more than £ 11 million.

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