At the just-concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) took important decisions in the management of football in the country. The 79th Annual General Assembly was held on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Monty Suites Hotel, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
One of the major decisions is the budget approved for the football house, which stood at N14,494,469,293.00 (Fourteen Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty-Nine Thousand, and Two Hundred and Ninety-Three Naira) only.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the AGM, well attended by various football stakeholders, far-reaching decisions on how to move football to the next level were finalized.
"The Congress considered and approved the NFF Financial Statements for the Year Ended 2022."
“The Congress approved the Nigeria Football Federation’s 2024 Budget proposal of the sum of N14,494,469,293.00 (Fourteen Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety-Four Million, Four Hundred and Sixty-Nine Thousand and Two Hundred and Ninety-Three Naira) only.
“The Congress approved the change of name of the Nigeria Professional Football League to the Nigeria Premier Football League.
“The NFF President thanked the Congress for the confidence reposed in him and the Executive Committee members during the last elections.
“He praised the Federal Government of Nigeria, in particular His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for his tremendous support and understanding of the demands of the game of football and his approval of a special fund for the Super Falcons campaign in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023, and prayed for greater support for the NFF, the National Teams and Nigeria Football generally.
"The Congress appreciated the Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, for showing a great depth of knowledge and readiness to work with the NFF to take Nigerian football to greater heights."
"After appraising the efforts, commitment, and passion of the Akwa Ibom State government to the development and real growth of Nigerian football through its support and encouragement of the NFF and the National Teams, the Congress commended Governor Umo Bassey Eno and his cabinet and encouraged them to do even more as the Super Eagles are ready to make Uyo their home for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
"Nigeria’s FIFA Council Member and Member of the CAF Executive Committee, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, in a brief remark, urged all members of the NFF General Assembly to support the President, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, in his quest to move Nigerian football forward. He noted that 2023 is a very crucial year for football globally as teams are jostling to qualify for the 2026 World Cup. He called on all to work in unison and support the Super Eagles to secure a ticket to the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals.
"The Congress pledged full support to the Super Eagles in its quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup USA/Mexico/Canada 2026.
"The Congress appreciated the efforts of the various national teams, in particular the outstanding performance of the Super Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 and the U17 girls’ bronze medal-winning effort at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. The Congress passed a vote of confidence in the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, led by Ibrahim Musa Gusau.