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Finally…NFF Fire Sharif Inuwa Ahlan To Comply With FIFA Order Over Referees Committee Top Post

More than a year since world football governing body FIFA ordered that all Referees Committees must be headed by a retired high-ranked ref, the NFF have today done the needful by sacking Sharif Inuwa Ahlan to name Faith Irabor for the top position.

The dismissal of Kano FA Chairman and NFF Executive Committee Member Ahlan must come as a huge surprise because he has been the biggest promoter of NFF President Ibrahim Gusau.

Irabor is retired FIFA referee as the world football body so directed.

The NFF announced new judicial and match officiating committees will run for the period 2022-2026.

Rabiu Umar is the refs committee vice chairman, while the Match Commissioners Committee is headed by Member of NFF Board, Babagana Kalli. The vice chairman is Ganiyu Majekodunmi, another member of the NFF Board.

The Disciplinary Committee is headed by Barrister J. B. C. Obikwelu, former vice chairman of the Anambra State Football Association, while Barrister Gandi Umar Mohammed is chairman of the Appeals Committee.

The Referees and Match Commissioners’ committees are scheduled to meet with the NFF leadership at the NFF Secretariat, Abuja on Thursday by 1pm, in preparation for the 2022-2023 Nigeria Professional Football League season commencing on Saturday, 8th January.



Mrs Faith Irabor                  – Chairman

Mallam Rabiu Umar          – Vice Chairman

Oba James Odeniran          – Member

Mr Abraham Zakowi          – Member

Mallam Waziri Furo Gawe – Member

Mr. C. C. Chukwujekwu    – Member

Mallam Bello Abubakar      – Member


Alh. Babagana Kalli            – Chairman

Alh. Ganiyu Majekodunmi – Vice Chairman

Hon. Usman Maulud          – Member

Alh. Aminu Mammaga      – Member

Alh. Idris Abdullahi Thuraya – Member

Mr. Anthony Ugwu              – Member

Otunba Mustapha Razaq      – Member

Chief Kenneth Nwamuocha – Member


Barr. J. B. C. Obikwelu                  – Chairman

Barr. Abdulrahman Abdulrahman – Vice Chairman

Barr. Ibrahim Mukhtar                  – Member

Barr. Wole Ademoyegun              – Member

Barr. Bello Galadi                        – Member


Barr. Gandi Umar Mohammed (mni) – Chairman

Barr. Martin Usen Effiong                  – Vice Chairman

Barr. Bemva Akortsaha                      – Member

Barr. Bweino Dauda                          – Member

Barr. Bukar Muazu                            – Member


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