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Gusau tasks new NPFL Board on club licensing



Ibrahim Gusau

Ibrahim Gusau, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Wednesday in Abuja inaugurated the new Board of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Gusau, during the inauguration, advised the board to take club licensing requirements as a priority.

“Club licensing is a fundamental football development trajectory that the new Board must take very seriously.

“Therefore, I charge the new Board to set a target which must be met by all clubs as prerequisite for participation in the league.

“I also want you to set a percentage compliance on club licensing requirements for each club so that every season you can measure the extent of adherence by each club,” he said.

On the issue of change of name, he insisted that the option must be tabled before the Congress of the NFF for approval, and for all necessary processes undertaken for a change to take effect.

The Board is made up of: the Chairman of the NPFL, Gbenga Elegbeleye, Mohammed Sa’idu (Member), Poubeni Ogun (Member), Daniel Amokachi (Member), Okey Kpalukwu (Member), Suleiman Umar (Member) and Dominic Iorfa (Member).

Others are: the Secretary/Legal Adviser, Danlami Ibrahim, Chief Operating Officer, Davidson Owumi, Philip Shaibu (Deputy Governor, Edo State).

The new Board also includes: Emmauel Ikpeme (NFF Deputy General Secretary), Charity Kadiri (NFF Director of Finance and Admin) and Augustine Eguavoen (Technical Director).

The rest are: Yohanna Mathias (Deputy Director, Audit), Robinson Okosun (Deputy Director, Technical), Ayo Abdulrahaman (Deputy Director, Competitions), Danlami Alanana (Deputy Director, Competitions), Barnabas Joro (Deputy Director, Protocol) and Nelson Ine (Representative of GTI).

The new NPFL Board has a two-year tenure, same as the Boards of the Nigeria National League (NNL) Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) and the Nigeria Nation-Wide League One (NNWL) inaugurated recently.


16th INAC: Indian instructor educates Nigerians on benefits of Yoga



The Indian High Commission in Nigeria on Friday in Abuja urged Nigerians to embrace Yoga as a means of exercise for their overall well-being..

Diptiranjan Mohanty, Teacher of Indian Culture, High Commission of India in Abuja, gave the advice during the 16th International Arts and Craft Expo (INAC).

Mohanty, who demonstrated the exercise , said that Yoga is an aspect of Indian culture known to reduce stress, anxiety as well as improve brain function.
He said that practicing Yoga also improves cardiovascular function, quality of sleep, bone health and reduces inflammation.

“Yoga is part of our culture, we want our Nigerian friends and people across the globe to practise it as a lifestyle.
“It improves body flexibility and balance.

“Yoga is known to harmonise the mind, body and soul, and it is a method to detoxify theo body and make a healthy mind and a happy soul,” he said.

Mohanty said that Nigerians who were interested in learning how to practice yoga could attend free classes for the execise at the Indian High Commission in Abuja.

According to him, this is held Monday to Friday, from 4.00p.m. to 7.00p.
He said that India was at the expo to showcase its arts and crafts like Saree fabric, Masala Chai (indian tea), locally prepared to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol.

In the course of the expo, delegates from Taraba, Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Ogun and Rivers states presented colourful dance performances.

Ogun and Rivers as well as Cuba presented cuisines peculiar to their culture, which delegates from other nations savoured.

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UEFA to raise payments for clubs not in European competition



Clubs that fail to qualify for UEFA’s competitions are set to receive a greater share of revenue from the European governing body from next season.
The arrangement is under a new distribution model announced on Wednesday by UEFA.
UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA) signed a renewed working agreement until 2030 which will “bolster long-term stability and sustainable growth in European club football,” the governing body said in a statement.

The change will be effective from the start of the 2024-25 season, coinciding with a new format in UEFA’s Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.

Under the new model for the 2024-2027 cycle, seven per cent of the revenue UEFA earns from the three competitions will be distributed to clubs not competing in them, up from four per cent.

The European Leagues Association, which represents professional soccer leagues in Europe, said the change would result in 308 million euros ($330.02 million) being shared among non-participating clubs, up from the current 175 million euros.

“Today’s announcement … will help all clubs across Europe to safeguard their competitiveness on and off the pitch while keeping investing in youth and talent development,” it said in a statement.

UEFA said further details of the new system would be unveiled at a later date.

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