FIFA Queries NFF over LMC.

The world football governing body, FIFA, has asked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to furnish it with details of the company registered to run football league in Nigeria for a period of 99 years.


The letter, dated July 30, and signed by its Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, was in reaction to a petition by Rumson Victor Baribote, alleging irregularities in the running of football in the country by the NFF leadership.

The petition, dated July 19, alleged that the NFF fraudulently registered a private company (League Management Company) to run the Nigerian football league as against FIFA, CAF, NFF and NPL statutes.

But FIFA in a letter to NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, requested for explanation on the allege illegality by the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.

FIFA, in the letter, under the topic “Request for a report on the current situation”, wrote: “Dear General Secretary, We refer to the attached letter dated 19 July 2013. The author of the letter alleges that several actions taken by the NFF Executive Committee are inconsistent with the NFF Status.”

“In order for our office to get a clear picture of the current situation, we would like to kindly request you to provide us with a report. In particular, this report should include a description of any actions that have been taken by the NFF in relation to and affecting the Nigeria Premier League and/or its officers, as well as details of any related action filed in an ordinary court. We thank you in advance and look forward to receiving your report”.

Speaking on the letter, Baribote warned that the battle has just begun in his determination to correct the wrongs in the nation’s football sector.

When contacted, NFF General Secretary Barrister Amadu assured that the federation would act promptly in furnishing FIFA with the full details of its request.

“I have received a correspondence from FIFA this morning and we will duly make the report available to FIFA. They wanted clarifications on certain things and as I said we will send the report as requested by FIFA,” Amadu said.

Source: Daily Trust.