Lagos - Following a circular from world football -governing
body, the Nigeria Football Federation is set to conduct this year's FIFA
Players' Agents examination on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Incidentally, it will be the last of such examination, as
the current licensing system will be abandoned as from this year summer.
The circular, dated 31s January, 2014 and signed by Markus
Kattner, FIFA Deputy General Secretary, explained that the world body will send
to each National Association a total of 15 questions that relate to the
international regulations, while the National Association (in this case,
Nigeria Football Federation), will be required to set five questions on
national subjects, and such questions shall be set as multiple choice test.
"In order to avoid potential irregularities, the
examination will be scheduled for one day only.
"FIFA has the sole authority to set questions relating
to international subjects. All associations are therefore strictly forbidden
from setting their own questions relating to international subjects. In the
event of any violation in this regard, FIFA will not recognise the examination
results from the association(s) concerned, therefore rendering invalid all players'
agents licenses that are awarded as a result of the respective
The circular also went ahead to remind all National
Associations that each correct answer to any question shall be awarded one point
only, and a minimum of 60 minutes and maximum of 90 minutes will be allowed candidates
for the examination.
"We kindly remind you that, following the endorsement
by the FIFA Congress on 31 May, 2013 in Mauritius of the new approach on
Players' Agents Regulations, the current licensing system will be abandoned as from
summer 2014," the circular further stated.
NFF's Chief Legal Officer, Barrister Okey Obi said on
Tuesday that the NFF has always abided by all conditions and stipulations set
by FIFA for the Players' Agents examinations and will do likewise this year.
"We are comfortable with all the regulations and have
never had any problem with any of the conditions. We are prepared as ever to
conduct a hitch-free and credible examination on Thursday, April 3, 2014, starting
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