Sets to distribute masks, gloves, sanitisers in Lagos, Abuja
The Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday handed out palliatives to
representatives of 14 different clubs and two communities in the Federal
Capital Territory, Abuja as token support in the wake of the novel
coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world presently.
The clubs, spread across Nigeria National League, Nigerian Nationwide
League One and FCT League (academies) cadres, included Supreme Court FC,
EFCC FC, Abuja Female United, FOSLA FC, Bimo Sporting Club, Wazobia FC,
Setraco FC, Goodland FC, Fire Service FC, NYSC FC, FWC Champion Club, Abees
Academy, Casmat Academy and WACO Academy. Garki Village and Karamajiji
communities also benefitted from the package.
At the presentation of packed items such as rice, beans, Indomie noodles,
groundnut oil and tin tomatoes at the football body’s headquarters inside
the MKO Abiola National Stadium, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi
clarified that the palliatives were the initiatives of the NFF as its own
relief to a number of stakeholder-clubs and not procured from the $500,000
that world body, FIFA has promised to send to each of its Member
“This package is the initiative of the NFF to, in its little way, support
some stakeholder-clubs and communities within the FCT as a result of the
COVID-19. This did not come from the money that FIFA is sending to NFF and
its Member Associations. When that money comes, it will come with clear
instructions on how it should be spent, though we have already got the hint
that it will be principally on operations of the Federation.
“We want to praise the Federal Government for the excellent job it has been
doing to test, detect, isolate and treat those found to have the virus
since this pandemic started months ago. Our appreciation also goes to the
Federal Ministry of Health and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. We
also commend all the first responders and those on the frontline. These are
indeed difficult times but we pray and are assured that Almighty God will
take us safely through this challenging period,” Dr Sanusi said.
He also appealed to representatives of the clubs, media representatives,
NFF staff and other stakeholders present to continue to adhere to the
precautionary measures as rolled out by the Federal Ministry of Health, the
World Health Organization and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in
order to avoid unsavoury experience of contacting the virus.
“Please always endeavour to wash your hands regularly with soap and water,
use hand sanitisers generously, make wearing of face masks a habit and keep
NFF 2nd Vice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko and Dr. Sanusi made the
Earlier in the week, the NFF gave out face masks, latex hand gloves and
sanitizers to some communities in Kano State. On Monday, the nation’s
football –governing body will distribute more face masks, latex gloves and
sanitizers in Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
*PHOTO 1: NFF GS, Dr. Sanusi with the items at the point of distribution on
*PHOTO 2: NFF official, Daniel Musa, with the items handed to the
Karamajiji community in Abuja. *
Dare, Fresh, Oke, SWAN, others mourn Chidi Okenwa
Youth and Sports Development Minister, Hon. Sunday Dare on Thursday mourned
the “painful demise” of Member of the NFF Executive Committee and Chairman
of the Nigeria National League, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa. Okenwa, who was also
Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association, died on Tuesday morning
at his home in Enugu after battling leukemia for some months.
“On behalf of the Government and sports-loving Nigerians, we express
deepest condolences and sympathize with the family of the late football
administrator of rare qualities. Our prayers and feelings are with his
immediate family, the Enugu FA, the football family and all sports lovers
in the country,” Dare said in the statement signed by the permanent
secretary in the ministry, Mr. Gabriel Aduda.
On his part, Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee,
Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh lamented that he was yet to get over the demise of
the charismatic Okenwa, who was his deputy in the committee.
“We lost a very active member, a friend of the football family, a
technocrat of the highest order, who not only knew the laws of the game but
rose stoically to defend the Statutes at all times, calling the attention
of the Board and the Congress to the Statutes to defend his assertions when
“We lost a good man and I lost a friend and confidant,” Fresh said.
Former Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Barrister Yomi Oke
said: “With a heavy heart, I commiserate with you and the football
community on the passing of Chidi Ofo Okenwa. He was passionate about
football particularly the development of Nigeria football, was very
committed and dedicated. He was a brother, friend and administrator. May
the Almighty grant his family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.”
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), in a message signed by
its president, Mr. Honour Sirawoo, revealed that the late administrator was
a true friend who identified with the body and attended its programmes.
“As a member of the Executive Committee of NFF, Okenwa was a stabilizer who
at all times promoted peace. He was an incubator of ideas which perhaps saw
his enviable rise in football administration. The NFF President, Amaju
Pinnick was apt when he described his late colleague as ‘brilliant, humble,
eloquent and one man that was full of ideas’. We condole with his immediate
family and assure them that the association will continue to identify with
them despite the passing of their patriarch.”