NFF to build soccer houses in 36 states

THE congress of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) rose from its an­nual general assembly yesterday in Abuja with a resolve to build foot­ball houses in all the 36 states of the federation.
The Amaju Pinnick-led soccer federation also vowed to protect the welfare of players plying their trade in the nation’s domestic league with the enactment of a new regulation.
The NFF which reeled out a 10 point communiqué posted on its of­ficial website disclosed that Osun, Nasarawa and Jigawa states would be the first beneficiaries of her foot­ball house agenda tagged the NFF Goal Project.
The communiqué read in part: “Congress approved the NFF Goal Project as proposed by the Executive Committee. The project will see the NFF build modest Football Houses for the State FAs, beginning with Jigawa, Osun and Nasarawa States. States that already have Football Houses would have their structures upgraded….In view of the unsavory situation of some Clubs perpetually owing players’ salaries and allow­ances in the just concluded League Season, Congress empowered the Executive Committee to enact reg­ulations to protect the welfare of players and officials in the Nigeria League.”
Apparently still basking in the euphoria of the country’s exploits in age grade soccer tournaments, the Congress moved to protect young Nigerian players as it empowered the executive committee to enact a regulation for the protection of play­ers of age grade National Teams and the establishment of a Young Players Development Foundation.
The body while thanking the na­tion’s number one citizen, President Muhammadu Buhari and sports minister Solomon Dalung for their support , passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation headed by Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
Sports minister, Dalung while ad­dressing the congress which took place at the Abuja Hilton hotel, said he hopes the crisis rocking Nigerian football would no longer rear its ugly head following the recent successes posted by the country at the interna­tional scene, even as he charged the NFF to ensure all the national coach­es are paid before Christmas.
“The crises in Nigeria football have all been erased by the recent success­es, and I therefore earnestly urge you all to work in unity and for the good of Nigeria football and the Nigeria nation… I have received a Save our Soul (SOS) message from our coach­es and players, appealing to me as a father to beg the federation to source for funds to settle their outstanding bonuses and allowances. I hope the NFFwill do so before Christmas. Help them to celebrate the Christmas in peace. Draw my attention to where there are challenges,” Dalung stated.