NFF president Aminu Maigari has been impeached from office by his executive committee.
At an executive committee meeting in Abuja on Thursday, Maigari was accused of “uncalled-for secrecy surrounding all financial dealings of the Federation and failure to call meeting of the Executive Committee for the past eight (8) months, during which so many weighty decisions on Nigeria football had been taken by a small cabal within the Board”.
Consequently, in a motion for impeachment moved by Shehu Adamu and seconded by Deji Tinubu, the Executive Committee passed a vote of no confidence on the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari.
A communique at the end of the meeting stated that “the Committee approved the immediate dismissal of Alhaji Aminu Maigari, from the NFF Executive Committee on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.”
First Vice President Mike Okeke Umeh was appointed Acting President, to preside over the affairs of the Federation, pending the composition of the new NFF Executive Committee after the elections of Tuesday, 26th August, 2014.
The decision brings to a head weeks of crisis during which the NFF had a court order restraining it from acting, leading to Nigeria being suspended by FIFA.
Meanwhile, Mike Umeh directed its Technical Sub committee to “open channels of communication with Mr. Stephen Keshi with a view to extending his contract, as the NFF is still interested in working with him.”
Keshi saw his current deal lapsed at the end of the World Cup, and with no new offer on the table, announced he was leaving his position after the Super Eagles were eliminated at the round of 16.
The committee is expected to report back within one week.
AS Roma director Mauro Baldissoni is tightlipped on new contract talks with Gervinho.
The Ivorian is in a contract row with the club.
But Baldissoni says: “There is no situation to comment on, as he asked our permission for a few days to attend to some family problems.
“It has nothing to do with contract issues.”
Manchester City players are delighted with the return of Yaya Toure.
The Ivorian midfielder has spent the summer trying to force a move away from City.
But Toure will link up with his team-mates in the US, with full-back Aleksandar Kolarov saying: “I am happy he decided to stay. He is such an important player for us.”
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with Kelechi Iheanacho after the Nigerian scored in victory over Sporting Kansas City.
City beat a host of European clubs to sign Iheanacho after he scored six goals in seven games to claim the Golden Ball at last summer’s Under 17 World Championship.
Pellegrini said: “Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent.
“We’ve not decided yet (what the plan is for him) because it’s not easy. He’s just 17 and sometimes that’s the problem. We’ll see what he will do in the future. For the moment he will stay with us and we’ll see when we return to England what will happen with him. But he’s a very important player for the future for the club.
“After the tour we will see what happens with him. There are a lot of things to arrange to play in England but he has an important future.”
The price for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani is rising, clubs who are interested in him have been warned.
The Algeria international forward has attracted interest from Leicester City and West Ham United.
Record says Trabzonspor are in talks for Slimani, though their latest offer of €8 million has fallen well short of Sporting’s valuation.
Leicester are expected to make a firm move after having a bid of £7.5 million for Troy Deeney rejected by Watford this week.
Egyptian Premier League side Al Masry has signed Ghanaian centre back Wilson Akakpo from Berekum Chelsea in a three-year deal, according to the club’s website.
Akakpo will stay with the Port Said-based side until the end of the 2016/17 season.
Al Masry coach Tarek Yehia watched the video clips of the hard-tackling player and quickly advised club chairman Yasser Yahya to sign him.
Akakpo will partner Islam Salah after dispensing the services of Hisham Abdel Raouf and Nigerian Okora Akitchoko at the end of last season.
The 22-year-old played two seasons for Berekum Chelsea in the Ghana Premier League from Ho Hot Steel FC.
He is the first player to be sold by the local club who are in need of cash after its bankroller Emmanuel Kyeremeh who relocated to Canada.
Senegal international midfielder Guirane N’Daw has agreed a two-year deal with French Ligue 1 side Metz.
The 30-year-old was free to join the newly promoted club as his contract with Greek top-flight outfit Asteras Tripolis had expired.
N’Daw, who has been capped 44 times for his country, started his career in France with Sochaux in 2002.
He has also had spells with Nantes, Saint-Etienne, Real Zaragoza and English clubs Birmingham and Ipswich.
Met are back in the top tier of French football for the first time since 2007 and it marks a fantastic comeback for the club who fell as low as the third tier in 2012.
Esperance are unwilling to sell Harrison Afful despite reported interests in the Ghana defender after impressing at the 2014 World Cup.
French giants Olympique Marseille are said to be very keen on signing the full-back.
Afful has however returned to the Tunisian giants after excelling at the World Cup with no apparent sign of a deal happening.
Esperance are determined to hold onto their man with coach Sebastian Desabre emphasizing on the full-back’s importance to his team as they prepare to face CS Sfaxien in the Champions League match on Saturday.
“Afful is a versatile player, it is an asset for the team I have not decided what position he will play Saturday [against Sfaxien],” he said.
Afful. 27. Has been with Esperance since 2009 and has won four domestic league titles and a CAF Champions League crown.
Egyptian Premier League side Smouha have announced the signing of Asante Kotoko striker Seidu Bancey.
The 24-year-old scored 11 goals last season to emerge second top scorer of the Ghana Premier League.
He was scored the winning goal which gave Kotoko a 2-1 win in the final of the MTN Ghana FA Cup against Inter Allies at the
Bancey was a member of Ghana’s silver medal winning team at the 2014 African Nations Cup in South Africa.
Ghana and ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will start trials with Austrian side Sturm Graz today (Thursday) to test his fitness before signing a contract, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The 22-year-old has already agreed the contract with the top-flight side but the Austrians want to be sure he is fully fit before the deal is sealed.
Frimpong has already reached a deal on his salary and the terms of his contract after visiting the club earlier this month but doubts over his fitness remain after suffering serious knee injuries in his young career.
Even though he successfully underwent a medical at the club when he visited them at the start of the month, doctors are unsure of his physical condition.
This prompted the decision to give him a try-out before he seals the bumper deal on a free transfer after being released by English side Barnsley.
“Three weeks ago, we carried out the medical checks at Emmanuel. Now we want to test, on the advice of our doctors, his physical condition in daily training,” Sturm Graz general manager Gerhard Goldbrich said.
Frimpong, 22, came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and looked set to have a bright future in the game but the distractions off the pitch and injuries took over as his progress on the pitch stuttered.
His time at Arsenal came to an end in January of this year as they allowed him to leave for Barnsley who got rid of him as the season ended.
Frimpong was sent off on his debut for two tackles in a matter of minutes to confirm the downward spiral in his career, and now for someone who was set to star for Arsenal in their first-team, he is set to play in Austria with Sturm Graz.
Some fans may remember Graz were the Austrian opponents for Rafael Benitez’s first competitive match in charge of Liverpool in 2004 as they attempted to qualify for the Champions League.