Thursday, December 30, 2010



After Christmas And New Year Break

Complete Sports has been informed by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF that Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia and his Dutch assistant, Simon Kalika are expected back in the country on January 3.
The Super Eagles coach made a near futile trip to Europe two weeks ago to monitor Super Eagles players and some of the players he intends to invite for March 27 African Cup of Nations qualifier.He was only able to get to Turkey as the extreme weather conditions in England forced his plane to land in Belgium.He had to move from Belgium to the United States of America for his Christmas and New Year celebration with his family.
Spokesman of the federation, Ademola Olajire told Complete Sports both coaches will commence work immediately they arrive.
“We have been talking to coach, Siasia since he travelled out and from the information we have, he will be coming back to the country on January 3,” says the usually reliable NFF spokesman.
“I should also tell you that his assistant, Simon Kalika will also be coming to the country same time because they need to start early preparation for the Obama Cup which begins on January 12 in the United States of America.”


Thursday, December 30, 2010.
Order For Fresh Election Within 14 Days Owumi Ineligible To Contest New Election
The Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation rose from its meeting held yesterday at the Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state and announced the annulment of election of Davidson Omatseye Owumi as chairman of the Nigeria Premier  League as well as chairman of chairmen also of the NPL and called for fresh elections to be conducted into the two offices within 14 days and in full compliance with NPL statutes.
 Owumi beat Rumson Victor Baribote to the position in the controversial election held earlier this year,but the former Bayelsa United chairman challenged the results of the polls,claiming that Owumi was ineligible to contest.
The NPL election Appeals Committee bizarrely upheld the results of the polls,but an independent and legitimate arbitrator in person of Professor Akin Ibidapo-obe,a specialist in public law who has published 40 books on law,appointed by the NFF annulled Owumi’s election by upholding Baribote’s claims that the former Rangers of Enugu player was ineligible to contest the election into the two positions citing several breaches of the NPL electoral guidelines for the election including the illegal endorsement of Owumi by the chairman of 3SC  of Ibadan from another zone other than Owumi’s zone which he said was contraty to article F (1) of the NPL Electoral Guidelines.
 ’The nomination and subsequent election of Davidson Owumi as chairman of chairmen and chairman of the NPL is null,void and of no effect and consequently set aside’,the arbitrator wrote in his award of June 21,2010 and made an order for fresh elections to be conducted into the said positions.
 Professor Ibidapo-Obe also ruled that the claimant,Baribote cannot be declared the winner because the election has been voided.
The decisions have now been upheld by the NFF executive committee and Owumi,based on the report of the arbitrator is not eligible to contest for the two positions because he was neither the chairman of Rangers international of Enugu which would have given him the ticket to contest for the post of chairman of chairmen nor was he an elected zonal representative which also would have enabled him to contest for the chairmanship position.
Meanwhile the vice chairman of the NPL has been directed to act as chairman before the scheduled elections while the executive committee has appealed for calm and the cooperation of all stakeholders in the country in order that the NPL lingering tussle be brought to a logical conclusion.

Shorunmu, Salisu to assist Siasia

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