NFF to Sensitise Clubs, Media on FIFA’s New Football Rules

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said on Monday that it will soon begin to sensitise clubs and other stakeholders to football rules as reviewed by FIFA.

Linus Mba, FIFA Referees Advisor and Consultant to the NFF on Refereeing, told the News Agency of Nigeria, that the sensitisation would commence fully in September.

Mba, however, said the reviewed laws were expected to take effect from June 1.

Nigerian League Signs 5-Year Partnership Deal with Spanish La Liga

The League Management Company (LMC) on Tuesday in Abuja signed a five-year partnership deal with the Spanish Premier League (La Liga) for the development of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shehu Dikko, LMC Chairman, led its management while La Liga President Javier Tebas, led the Spanish delegation to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Mourinho to Manage at Old Trafford in Charity Game

Jose Mourinho will soon get to test out life in the manager's seat at Manchester United sooner than many expect.

Mourinho and Leicester City's Claudio Ranieri were announced on Wednesday as the managers for Soccer Aid, a match which raises money for Unicef to be played at Old Trafford on June 5.

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho will take charge of the England team while Ranieri will be in charge of the Rest of the World side.

Mourinho has been linked with several jobs since being sacked from a second stint at Chelsea in December.

New FIFA Sponsor Wanda Hopes for Role in World Cup Bidding Process

New FIFA sponsor Wanda hopes signing a partnership deal with the world football governing body can give it influence over where future World Cups will be held, the Chinese firm said on Monday.

``As a partner of FIFA, Wanda will be better placed to play a role in the bidding process to host major football events such as the World Cup, closing the gap on international football and enabling Chinese football to have a say in international football,’’ the Chinese conglomerate said in an online statement.

World Indoor Championships: Nigeria’s Relay Team in Final

Nigeria’s male 4 x 400 metres relay team on Saturday in Portland, U.S. ran a season best to advance to Sunday’s final at the four-day 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian side clocked 3 minutes 7.98 seconds to finish third in heat two of the event.

They had finished behind the U.S. and Jamaica respectively in their three-team heat, with U.S. clocking 3:05.41 and Jamaica clocking 3:07.30.

The championships will end on Sunday night, with the 4 x 400 metres men’s relay event rounding off the competition.

Nigerian Athletes at World Indoor Championships

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has released entries of athletes participating at the World Indoor Championships holding in Portland, Oregon.

The IAAF named 13 Nigerians for the meet to run from March 17 to March 20.

Ogho-Oghene Egwero made the 60m dash, Stephen Mozia in the Shot put, Tosin Oke and Olu Olamigoke are to feature in the Triple Jump.

Orukpe Eraiyokan and Samson Oghenewegba will feature in the 400m.

In the men's 4x400 relay team are Orukpe Eraiyokan, Noah Akwu, Abiola Onakoya and Isah Salihu.

Commonwealth Youth Games: A Catalyst for Sports Development?

When the idea to create of the youth version of the Commonwealth Games was mooted during the administration of Jamaican Mike Fennel, the immediate-past President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), not many people subscribed to the concept.

It took a while for member countries of the 71 member-federation to buy into the idea for it to take roots.

Indeed, it was FIFA that actually pioneered popularising the idea of age-group competitions and in the process, pushed the frontiers. It has virtually become a success story around the world.

‘IAAF Scandal Worse than Soccer's Crisis’

The corruption scandal that has rocked athletics is worse than the one that has plunged soccer ruling body FIFA into crisis.

This statement is so because it punished clean athletes, four-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson said on Tuesday.

"With athletics, if you think about the victims, it is absolutely worse," the 400 metres world record holder told BBC radio.

"The victims here are those (clean) athletes. They never had the opportunity to stand on the podium and they should have," added the American sprinter.

Discipline, Key to Successful Career, Siasia Tells Upcoming Footballers

Nigeria’s U-23 male national team coach, Samson Siasia, has advised upcoming footballers to be disciplined in order to succeed in their careers.

Siasia gave the advice on Monday at the ongoing Hon. Charles Ezeani/SIA One Grassroots Football Competition for Anaocha Constituency II in Neni, Anaocha Council Area of Anambra.

The coach said that some talented players missed out on being part of the Nigerian team that won the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Senegal and qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics because of indiscipline.

FIFA Sponsors Including Coca-Cola Demand Reform Overview

Five sponsors of football's world governing body Fifa have written to its executive committee to demand "independent oversight" of reforms.

Fifa has been engulfed by allegations of corruption since US authorities indicted 14 officials this summer.

The letter was sent from Adidas, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Visa and the Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch.

A Fifa spokeswoman said the five sponsors would play an "important role in the reform process".