NFF holds seminar on FIFA female leadership programme





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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will on Thursday in Abuja hold a one –day seminar on the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme (FLDP).

The FLDP is part of FIFA’s portfolio of women’s football development programmes for the period 2015-2018. Launched in 2015 to ensure that there are female role models and women at decision –making levels in football, the FLDP aims to identify, support and develop strong female leaders in sport, while advocating for women to access senior decision –making positions globally.

NFF 2nd Vice President/LMC chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko will be chairman of the occasion at which motivational talk will be given to women football players and other women stakeholders of the Nigeria game.

FIFA’s Head of Professional Football, Mr. James Johnson will deliver a paper on ‘The Concept of FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme,’ while NFF’s Head of Women Football, Ruth David will speak on ‘Reasons for the FIFA Female Leadership Development Programme’.

David is among 36 women football administrators worldwide selected for the FLDP, and attended the first module at the Home of FIFA, Zurich in June. The module focused on making participants better leaders, the virtues of discipline and humility, importance of team work, self confidence and how to face challenges on the job. The programme consists of three modules to last over nine months.

Professor (Mrs) Funke Suleiman, of the Department of Physical and Health Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria will speak on ‘Education As a Tool For Enhancing the Career of Female Football Players in Nigeria,’ while Chief (Mrs) Dilichukwu Onyedinma, a former Member of the NFF Executive Committee and currently acting Director of Sports, Federal Capital Territory, will deliver a paper on ‘Education for Character Moulding Among Female Football Players in Nigeria.’

CAF U-17 Qualifier: Garba names Sani as Eaglets’ captain

Coach Manu Garba has named burly midfielder Abduljabar Sani as captain of the new set of Nigeria U-17 team, Golden Eaglets, ahead of Saturday’s Africa
U-17 qualifier against Niger Republic at the National Stadium, Abuja.

Sani, sourced from Jos-based G-Smart Academy, has been one of the mainstays of the new-look Golden Eaglets. 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup-winning coach Garba told thenff.com that the choice of Sani as well as his assistants, was based on merit and sound behavioural conduct.

"We have been watching all the players over time and there is no doubt
that Abduljabar has been very outstanding in terms of performance and
general attitude amongst his colleagues,” explained Garba. “He is level-headed and we have also seen in him leadership qualities, and also he mixes freely with other players.”

To assist Sani are defender Igoh Ogbu and goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleke who Garba described as exemplary and outstanding in their respective positions on the field: “Igoh and Adebayo are very outstanding players with strong personalities; Igoh for instance is like my former captain, Musa Muhammed with his commitment to the game while Adebayo is one of the best goalkeepers I have seen at this level in all my life in youth football; myself and the technical team believe they would both complement Abduljabar.”

Incidentally, Sani, who was captain of G-Smart Academy on his way to the national camp, said he was humbled by his choice as Golden Eaglets' captain, saying he was ready for the demand of leading Nigeria to glory: “I’m very happy to be named the captain; Insha Allah (by the grace of Allah), we shall win our matches.”


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