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John Enoh becomes Nigeria’s 36th Sports Minister



John Owan Enoh


John Owan Enoh, known with the acronym JOE, is the new ‘Games-master-General of the federation, having on Wednesday been named as the Sports Minister of Nigeria.

He becomes the 36th person to supervise Nigerian sports since Chief Joseph Modupe Johnson (JMJ) in 1960.

The new sports minister was a senator representing the Central Senatorial District of Cross River State in the 8th assembly that ran from 2015 to 2019.

He was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until May 2017 when he decamped to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).


He contested the governorship position but lost to Ben Ayade.

Apart  from politics, Enoh own numerous farms where he conducts arable and livestock production.

Farming venture he started 2000 has as at 2021 since cultivated about 2000 hectares of cultivated lands.

Enoh’s farm spreads across various parts of Cross River State. About 150 hectares of planted palms in his native Agbokim Waterfalls; and expanding to about 100 hectares of planted palms, and counting, at Etara-Ekuri. All communities in Etung LGA of Cross River State, where the politician hails.

Enoh is said to operate an out-grower scheme in communities where his farms are located. The out-grower scheme is a corporate social responsibility scheme that empowers local small scale farmers with arable and livestock to grow in their farms and later provides them with the market to sell these products.


John Enoh’s Predecessors

  • Sunday Dare (2019-2023)
  • Solomon Dalung            (2015 – 2019)
  • Tamuno Danagogo         (2014 – 2015
  • Bolaji Abdulahi             (2011-2014)
  • Yusuf Suleiman            (2011-2011)
  • Taoheed Adedoja           (2010 – 2011)
  • Ibrahim Isa Bio             (2010- 2010)
  • Sani Ndanusa               (2008-2010)
  • Abdurahaman Gimba     (2007 -2008)
  • Bala Bawa Ka’oje           (2006 -2007)
  • Saidu Sambawa             (2005-2006)
  • Musa Mohammed          (2003-2005)
  • Stephen Akiga               (2002-2003)
  • Ishaya Mark Aku           (2001-2002)
  • Damishi Sango             (1999-2001)
  • Emeka Omeruah           (1997 –1999)* 2ndtenure
  • Jim Nwobodo                (1995-1997)
  • Shola Rhodes               (1994- 1995)
  • Sylvanus Akinwunmi     (1993 -1994)
  • Alex Akinyele                 (1992 -1993)
  • Yohana Kure                 1991-1992)
  • Anthony Ikazoboh            (1990-1991)
  • Alabo Graham Douglas  (1989-1990)
  • Bayo Lawal                   (1986-1988)
  • Ahmed  Abdulahi           (1985-1986)
  • Emeka Omeruah           (1984-1985)
  • Bennett Birabi              (1983-1983)
  • Buba Ahmed                 (1983-1983)
  • Adebisi Ogedengbe        (1982-1983)
  • Paulinus Amadike          (1979 -1981)
  • Dan Isokrari                 (1977-1978)
  • Olufemi Olutoye            (1975-1977)
  • Henry Adefope              (1971-1975)
  • J.C. Obande                      (1965-1971)
  • Joseph Modupe Johnson         (1960-1964)


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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Tinubu backs Amaju’s FIFA Council re-election bid



Former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick has secured the backing of Nigeria’s President,  Bola Tinubu in his bid to get another term in office as one of Africa’s representatives in FIFA Council.

The 37-member FIFA  Council is the main decision making body of the organisation in the intervals of FIFA Congress. 

Pinnick is the third Nigerian to ever sit in the FIFA Council after Oyo Orok Oyo (1980-1988) and Dr. Amos Adamu (2006-2010).

Pinnick was elected into the council on 12 March 2021. He is bidding for re-election in 2025 when the current term lapses.

According to a media release from the State House and signed by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity,


President Bola Tinubu expresses strong support for Nigeria’s bid for re-election into the FIFA Council

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Save Our Soccer, African Sports Journalists plead with Motsepe




An SOS has been sent by the International Sports Press – Africa (AIPS -Africa) to the President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Motsepe to save the soul of African soccer.

 The sports writers’ body has written an open letter to Motsepe on the need to do more to save African football.

The letter, written Monday in Dakar, is premised on the recurring scheduling problems that “have made CAF a victim of collateral damage from the “war” between UEFA and FIFA.”

Continuing in the letter signed by AIPS-Africa President, Abdoulaye Thiam, the sports writers’ body noted that UEFA contributed to overloading of the international calendar with the creation of the Nations League, which is played on FIFA dates


Owing to the congested international calendar, football competitions in Africa have been major victims.

AIPS wrote: …”the stuttering and uncertainties surrounding the programming of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) leave many wondering about the future of our continent’s most prestigious competition, which is struggling to find a place in the international calendar.

“Added to this, the external influences and the overload of the international calendar, modelled on the European interests, increases the scepticism surrounding the survival of CAF’s most lucrative and economically viable tournament.

“As a result, therefore, it is rare, if not impossible, for an African team to find a European team to spar with, except when they share the same group in a World Cup draw every four years.     

“As for FIFA, in addition to the Arab World Cup, it has also created the Club World Cup. Worse still, it decided to stage the latter competition from June 15 to July 13, 2025, a period initially chosen by Morocco to host the AFCON 2025. In fact, Cairo’s dependence on Zurich enabled FIFA’s latest competition to happily shake up the 67-year-old African Cup of Nations.”


Also affected by the global football calendar are the scheduling of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and African Women’s Champions League.

The journalists recalled that the changing of AFCON tournaments from the even-ending years to the odd  was to avert situations of clashing with World Cup years and to avert exhaustion on players.

The situation is such that scheduling of tournaments in Africa is now determined by compromise reached with UEFA and FIFA.

AIPS averred that “it is important to deconstruct the image of Africa as a prominent stakeholder in the global game with huge voice of 54 member associations and votes being presented as an electoral cattle-tank, to be adequately given their fair share during debates and dialogues with FIFA, by offering constructive solutions with a view to accelerating a reform of the international calendar.

“It is therefore expected from CAF leaders to ensure respect for African Football which is full of great administrators and players alike…Mr. President (Motsepe), you claim to be a disciple of Nelson Mandela and a well respectable man. A man of principles. So do kindly refuse and remain our inspiration than anything else.”  

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Breaking! CAF’s axe falls on Eto’o



Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a fine of $200 thousand on Samuel Eto’o Fils, a former international footballer and President of Fédération Camerounaise de Football (‘’FECAFOOT’’).

  The fine is imposed on the FECAFOOT president for violating the principles of ethics, integrity and sportsmanship as provided in Article 2  paragraph 3 of the CAF Statutes.

He is found to have violated the said article by signing a Brand Ambassador contract with the company 1XBET in exchange for remuneration.

 He however escape sanction in a bigger allegation of match fixing and manipulation.

Eto’o faced charges of alleged manipulation of football matches and violating the principles of ethics and integrity.


The Disciplinary Board ruled that there was insufficient proof to find him and Valentin Nkwain guilty of match manipulation.

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