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Stage set for elections into Nigeria’s sports bodies



The Nigeria Ministry of Youth and sports Development  has released the time table  for  election into the boards of sports federations in the country.

The elections will hold in all the sports federations except that of football and athletics. The latter had their election in the months leading to the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

As for football, the Nigeria Football Federation’s election will hold in 2022 in the months leading to the November to December FIFA World Cup to complete a cycle of four years.

According  to the election time table  released on Tuesday  in Abuja for the remaining sports federations,  nomination  forms will be released  on Wednesday 15 September and the completed ones are to be submitted two days later on Friday 17 September.

According to the press release, the election of all representatives from constituencies,  except zonal ones are expected to be concluded on 21September and closely followed  by the zonal representatives election on 22 September.

Aggrieved  contestants  will  have the opportunity  to have their appeal heard on 25 September  while bye elections takes place on 28 September.


The national elections are scheduled to take place on September  30th at the  Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja.

The hearing of any petition  arising from the election  will be on 4 October,  while bye elections  takes place on 6th October.

All duly elected boards of the sports federations  will be sworn in by the Minister of Youth and sports Development Sunday Dare in Abuja on 8 October.

The press release added that all caretaker committees  of  the affected sports federations  are expected to be dissolved  a week before the election.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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