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Ahead NSF Edo 2020,Nigeria Rugby Football Federation NRFF In Disarray





By Abdulgafar Oladimeji.

Prior to the commencement of the 20th edition of the much awaited National Sports festival, NSF, tagged Edo 2020, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation , NRB is engulfed in internal crisis , our correspondent reports.

The meeting of the federation slated for Saturday 27t March to deliberate on technical matters hinging on NSF rugby event ended in outburst.

Our checks revealed that the meeting of the board which was earlier scheduled to be held last Friday could not be held due to unexplained hitches.

A member of the board, who spoke under the condition of anonymity , confirmed the unhealthy situation in the board.

The impeccable source said “ there is disharmony in our board, we were summoned to hold a zoom meeting on Friday , at the instance of the director prgrammes, ministry of youths and sports,(name witheld)the meeting did not hold because the notice served was too short, we adjourned to the next day been Saturday.

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“on Saturday by 12pm as agreed the previous day, our president Kelechi Mbagu and other executive members joined the zoom link, it was very embarrassing the director in the ministry of sports , who summoned the meeting did not join the meeting, rather he sent in an excuse, that he was assigned to attend to another issue by the minister of youths and sports Sunday Dare, we all got angry and stormed out of the meeting.

The source further said “Nigerians need to know that something funny is happening with rugby, something worst may happen at the festival, the whole crisis is all about the crisis surrounding the position of the technical director of the board.”

It would be recalled that prior to the cancellation of the fiesta in March 2020, it was reported that the banal trade in fake/black medals that is commonly attributed to major sporting events would not be immune at the forth coming 2020 edition of Nigeria’s largest sports fiesta, National Sports Festival, (NSF)investigations had revealed.

Checks had revealed that plots have thickened to unleash the usual strategy that is applied to invoke medals in favor of highest bidders.

medal black market is the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation(NRFF).

Our correspondent gathered that deliberations are ongoing amongst concerned stakeholders, whose states have qualified to compete in rugby, with the subtle threat that they may have to opt out of the festival.

One of the officials who in 2020 spoke under the condition of anonymity simply said “we may not go to Edo with our rugby team, no need to spend our money to take the team to Edo, only to be robbed of our chances.”

“before our going to Edo, someone has already decided who takes the medals, why bother, why waste our time and resources, what is going on will continue to destroy our sports and no body seem to bother about the mess that is evident everywhere.” our source decried.


Efforts then to get the President Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF)Kelechi Mbagwu to respond to the allegations raised also failed, calls put across to his mobile phone ( number withheld)were barred.


Ten Facts About The New NFF President, Ibrahim Musa Gusau



Ibrahim Gusau NFF President with Abdallah Sharif Nigeria's Under 17 Media Officer


*1.* Ibrahim Musa Gusau is the incumbent Zamfara State FA Chairman a position he has been holding for a decade.

*2.* Ibrahim Gusau was the Zamfara State Sports Commission Chairman from 2009-2010.

*3.* Gusau was a one time special adviser to Zamfara State governor on Environment.

*4.* The newly elected NFF President is a civil servant and an accountant by profession who rose through the ranks to become Director of Finance in Zamfara State.

*5.* Gusau is an astute administrator who served in public sector for over three decades in his home state of Zamfara.

*6.* Ibrahim Gusau served as SA to former NFF President, Alh. Aminu Maigari.

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*7.* Ibrahim Gusau defeated Senator Ifeanyi Ubah with a landslide victory to emerge as Chairman of Chairmen for the second time in a row in 2018 Katsina NFF election.

*8.* The new NFF President was the NFF’s sub Committee Chairman on security under the Pinnick led NFF Executive Committee and  is also CAF’s safety security officer.

*9.* Ibrahim Musa Gusau served as a member of CAF’s CHAN organising committee.

*10.* Gusau was in April this year appointed as a  member of CAF Youth Organizing Committee saddled with the responsibility of organising AFCON U17, U20, and U23.

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Sub Committees Inaugurated For Galadima Cup



Ibrahim Galadima


The organisers of the maiden edition of Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima football league has inaugurated six sub committees aimed at ensuring the success and hitch free tournament.

The chairman of the organizing committee, Engr. Suleiman Musa stated this while inaugurating the committee ahead of the championship.

Engr Sulaiman Musa explained that organizing and disciplinary committee has himself as chairman,
Ibrahim Umar Fagge FIFA and the team manager of Kano Pillars FC, Sani Lawan would serve as members while Security committee will be headed by the manager of Sani Abacha Stadium Kofar Mata, Surajo Usman Tudun,
Kabiru Bawa,
Salisu Fagge Zumunta and the vice chairman of Kano state Football Association,
Aminu Muhammad china to serve as members.

He added that the Development and Technicalities committee has Magistrate Ibrahim Gwadabe as chairman, Aminu strikers and Mike Anike members and the Media and Publicity Committee will be headed by Ado Salisu of Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV), Ibrahim Umar Fagge FIFA and Kabiru Bawa to serve as members.

Engr Sulaiman Musa, however, said that the Finance committee has the former General Manager of Kano Pillars and one time Director in the state KNUPDA,
Abba Muhammad Fagge as chairman while Mr.Mike Anike co chairman, Ibrahim Gwadabe, Surajo Usman Tudun Wada and Sani Lawan would serve as members.

The chairman then charged the commitees to continue to do their best towards the success of the competition.

Meanwhile, Samba Kurna will confront Super Stars in the opening ceremony of the match scheduled to hold on Sunday, 2nd October at Sani Abacha Stadium Kofar Mata by 4pm.

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Assembly urges Kano govt to settle outstanding N109m owed Kano Pillars FC



Kano pillars team


The Kano State House of Assembly has urged Kano State Government to settle all the outstanding debt owed the club which amounts to N109 million.

The assembly made the call during Wednesday’s plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Alhaji Hamisu Chidari, after the presentation of a report by house committee on Youth and Sport.

The house set up the committee to investigate the relagation Kano Pillars football club from the Nigeria Professional Football League .

Presenting the report of the committee, Alhaji Nuradeen Ahmad, chairman house committee on Youth and Sport,called on the state government to make disbursement of Kano Pillars on quarterly bases rather than monthly, because monthly disbursement makes the club not readily available with cash at its coffers, unlike quarterly where they have cash readily available to use whenever need arises.

“The house called on the management of the club and stakeholders in the state to be united and be more prudent in managing its own generated revenues, so as to not to solely rely on state government subvention.

“The assembly also called on the state government to renovate Kano Pillars stadium in order to host matches and other tournaments.

“The house called on the state government to provide permanent offices and camp for the management of the club and also recruit experienced , competent and skillful players and coaches without compromising professionalism during recruitment.


The lawmakers after deliberations on the issue, adopted the report and called on the state government to look into the issue.

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