Abuja - Deputy General Secretary of Nigeria Football
Federation, Emmanuel Ikpeme, has described the newly signed partnership between
FOX Sports and West African Football Union Zone A and B as a big help for
football development on the region.
Ikpeme, who represented NFF President Amaju Pinnick at the
epoch-making event said it would afford the federations within the sub - region
to develop talents from the youth level.
History was made in Dakar, Senegal on Friday, when the West
African Football Union Zone A and B signed a new partnership deal with one of
the leading global premium sports broadcaster, FOX Sports. The landmark deal
will see new long –term investment injected into the development, training and
support of West African football over the next 12 years.
"Some years ago, we started the U-13 which produced the
likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success and others, but because of lack of
funds, the NFF was unable to continue with the program," he said.
“The partnership is a landmark event, no matter the idea you
have as a person or a Federation, you must have the enabling power to bring it
"With FOX Sports coming to partner the West Africa
sub-region, we couldn't have wished for anything better. For sometime now, the
WAFU Cup has been moribund because of lack of funds. Even though the region
needed competitions, but nothing could be done.
"With the funds coming from FOX Sports, we can look
forward to a promising future with regards to youth development in our
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The NFF topshot opined further that the expected human
capacity training for coaches and referees would impact positively on the
players and in time help teams from the region to conquer at continental and
He said with competitions to assess players, there will be
quality players with age on their side to compete for some of the countries in
the sub region.
that rumpus is brewing in the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football
Federation, following media revelations that the President of the body, Melvin
Amaju Pinnick has picked up a form to contest for a seat in the Executive
Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Technical Committee Chairman of the NFF, Chris Green, said
in a chat with top journalists from his base in Port Harcourt, that it was with
shock that other members of the Executive Committee received Amaju’s plan to
contest for a CAF Executive Committee seat as it was not discussed at any of
their meetings as has been the case in the past.
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