The Nigeria Football Federation has become the first governing body of the game in the African continent to be enlisted on the Premium Services of the world –governing body, FIFA DTMS (Domestic Transfer Matching System) and Intermediary Regulations Tool.
“We are the only African country with these services activated and by December 2016 (next month), we will be on the FIFA Connect that will place us among the elite FIFA Member Associations with all the Premium Services activated,” NFF’s Club Licensing Manager, Nasiru Jibril, told thenff.com.
A screenshot of the Nigeria home page on the FIFA website shows the two services (Domestic Transfer Matching System and Intermediary Regulations Tool) ticked in green, with the last one (FIFA Connect) to be done next month to make Nigeria activated in all Premium Services.
Jibril also informed thenff.com that the TMS (Transfer Matching System) workshop will hold 15th – 17th November 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and is mandatory for all Clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League and the Nigeria National League.
“The Head of Legal Services at NFF, Barrister Okey Obi and myself, alongside four resource persons from FIFA TMS, will train all the Clubs in the use of the Premium Services activated in Nigeria,” stated Jibril, who is a former Nigerian international.
NFF begs corporate bodies, Nigerians for financial support
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has pleaded with well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to come to the aid of the football federation financially to enable it prosecute the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier encounter between the Super Eagles and the Desert Warriors of Algeria next week.
General Secretary of the federation, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who made the appeal in a chat with Daily Sunsports in Abuja, revealed that arrangements have been put in place to ensure a flawless match on all fronts.
Asked the teething challenge the soccer federation is facing ahead of the match, the Glass House chief scribe said: “I don’t want to begin to itemise the challenges, but I will not fail to remind Nigerians the popular saying that good soup depends on financial input.
“In that light, we are appealing to both individuals and corporate organisations to come to our aid in the area of funding and sponsorship. We need money to perfect our strategies for the match.”
Ahead of this month’s African Women Cup of Nation in Cameroon, the federation pleaded with the Super Falcons players and officials to be reassured that the federation will settle all the outstanding allowances and bonuses owe the team.
According to Sanusi; “We have not hidden the fact we owe them, we have said it several times that we owe them, and we have spoken to them to understand our situation. What we gave them when they returned from Senegal was not their allowance but transport fare to enable them to return to their clubs.
“Their money will get to them. They should also understand what we are passing through in the country right now, but I believe that things will change, we have pleaded to them to be patient with us, we are not happy with the situation.
“I am a Muslim, and in Islam it says when a person works for you, pay him before his sweat dries. That means you should pay him as quickly as possible. So, there is no way I will sit in this place, have money and I will not pay. What is happening is not just applicable to the players alone, we are all in the same situation, no management staff of the NFF has been paid for the last seven months,” Sanusi lamented.