NFF Hold General Assembly On Wednesday, Fix Charity Cup For 2016

The Nigeria Football Federation will hold its 71st Annual General Assembly at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday, the governing body announced on Monday.

The opening ceremony will start at 10am.

NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed on Monday that the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, will declare the event open.

The assembly is coming few days after Nigeria lifted the Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal, making the country the champions of the continent at U-23 boys, U-20 boys and senior women categories, apart from being champions of the world at U-17 boys level.

The assembly welcomes 88 delegates, made up of chairmen and secretaries of the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, the Leagues, referees association, coaches association and players union.

All 12 members of the NFF Executive Committee as well as the General Secretary, former NFF Presidents and General Secretaries, members of NFF Management and stakeholders will also grace the occasion.

Meanwhile, he annual Charity Cup match, which opposes the winner of the Nigeria Professional Football League against the champions of the men’s Federation Cup, will now be played a week before the kick-off of the 2015/2016 League Season.

Traditionally, the Charity Cup game is played on the day of the NFF annual general assembly. However, the NFF Technical and Development Committee has ruled otherwise this term.

“We have decided that, in line with what obtains in most big footballing nations of the world, the Charity Cup match will now serve as the season opener.

“It will no longer be played on the day of the annual general assembly of Nigeria Football Federation. We intend to make it a big show,” Vice Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alh. Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, said on Monday.

The Charity Cup match should have come up on Wednesday – the day of the NFF annual general assembly – between league champions Enyimba FC of Aba and Federation Cup winners, Akwa United of Uyo.

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