Odegbami: Re-Restructuring Nigerian Football Administration

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Odegbami: Re-Restructuring Nigerian Football Administration

The State Football Associations are one member in the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, structure, not 37 different members. It is surely a bitter pill for these major actors currently dominating football administration in Nigeria to swallow, but they must do so in order for Nigerian football to lift off above the present plateau and make […]

31 Years: Remembering Samuel Okwaraji’s Tragic Death

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31 Years: Remembering Samuel Okwaraji’s Tragic Death

By David Alfred-Dogwo Thirty-One (31) years ago on that hot and dry Saturday, August 12, 1989, none of us knew that you were walking through the valley of death. Trooping out in thousands, soccer-loving Nigerians filled every available space at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos four hours before the commencement of an important soccer game […]

Odegbami: The Facts, Fables And Foibles Of NFF Elections!

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Odegbami: The Facts, Fables And Foibles Of NFF Elections!

It appears the train of the elections into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has left the Terminus. The contestants are gearing up for the elections despite an overwhelming ‘consensus’ that some changes need to be made to the election rules in order to be able to usher in a new era and […]

Nigerian Football: Vibes, Prayer And Excellence In The Digital Age

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Nigerian Football: Vibes, Prayer And Excellence In The Digital Age

“Somebody said that football’s a matter of life and death to you. I said, ‘listen, it’s more important than that’…” – Bill Shankly, former Manager, Liverpool FC, May 1981. This quote certainly applies to Nigeria. Football has a special place in Nigeria. It is one of the very few things that binds us together. Despite […]

Odegbami: Ibrahim Musa Gusau – A New President, A New Era?

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Odegbami: Ibrahim Musa Gusau – A New President, A New Era?

I salute the newly elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for surviving the hurdles that stood in his path at the elections that almost did not hold following the abracadabra of court orders, an old tactic that once again succeeded in providing the Joker in a beleaguered electoral process, in the dying minutes […]

Odegbami: “Fire On The Mountain, Run, Run, Run, Run”  –NFF Elections! 

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Odegbami: “Fire On The Mountain, Run, Run, Run, Run”  –NFF Elections! 

I am writing on this issue again out of a sense of responsibility to the game that has dominated my activities through most of my years on earth. I believe that if the elections into the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, are held today, I have a good idea of who the winner will be. I […]

Odegbami: Reconnecting With The Great Dodo Mayana!

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Odegbami: Reconnecting With The Great Dodo Mayana!

I do not know the genesis of the nickname. I once asked him when we went out to shop together in a local market in the heart of Tunis during the 1994 African Cup of Nations championship. I do not recall the explanation he gave me, but what is important is that Dodo Mayana is […]

Former Sports Minister Ka’oje dies at 60, buried in Abuja

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Former Sports Minister Ka’oje dies at 60, buried in Abuja

The late Former Sports Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Hon. Bala Bawa Ka’oje has been buried. The Nigeria Football Federation expressed its shock and sadness at the passing of the former Minister, with the NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi describing the deceased as “a dignified and unassuming public servant who showed great passion and interest […]

Osimhen Will Excel If He Joins Chelsea –Mikel

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Osimhen Will Excel If He Joins Chelsea  –Mikel

Former Nigerian international, Mikel Obi has advised Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen to choose Chelsea ahead of Man United. Mikel, who was part of the Super Eagles squad that lifted the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, made this known in the latest episode of The Obi One podcast. The former Chelsea star […]

Hurrah, Eagle7 Sports Radio  Is One – A Year Of Travails, Trials And Triumph! –Odegbami

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Hurrah, Eagle7 Sports Radio  Is One – A Year Of Travails, Trials And Triumph! –Odegbami

On this special day I humbly seek the permission of all that are reading this to hide under the license of my column to delve into elementary philosophy. Life is too complex a subject for me to attempt to x-ray mine in any other way. On this day, as on all other days before and […]