Federation of Nigerien Football
|Federation of Nigerien Football|
|president||Djibrilla Hima Hamidou|
Men's national team
Women's national team
The Fédération Nigérienne de Football (FENIFOOT) is the national football association of Niger, founded in 1962 . The association organizes the national soccer team's games and is a member of the continental association CAF and the world association FIFA . In addition, the association organizes the highest national league Ligue 1 .
The association was founded in 1962, two years after Niger gained independence from France . The first president of the union's executive office was Abdou Gaoh , a functionary of the then unity party PPN-RDA . He was assisted by six Vice-Presidents who represented the six departments of the country at the time. Djibrilla Hima, the High Commissioner for Youth Sports and Culture of the PPN-RDA, acted as Secretary General. FENIFOOT has been a member of the continental association CAF and the world association FIFA since 1967 . In 1972 an administrative committee was set up, headed by Boubacar Moussa, a half-brother of President Hamani Diori .
After the military coup in 1974, Idé Oumarou , the head of cabinet of the new head of state Seyni Kountché , took over the presidency of FENIFOOT for a short time. He soon handed them over to Sao Maranka. The association was restructured, so the teams previously linked to the association as "sectors" were converted into football clubs and a general assembly was set up. From 1975 Boukari Kané was president of the association. The national soccer team achieved remarkable results from 1981 to 1985, which was followed by a lull. As a result, the executive office was dismissed and in 1988 Abdou Kané was installed as the new association president. In 1989 Boubé Abdoulkadri followed. Former soccer players were now used in leading positions.
The Fédération Nigérienne de Football slid into a severe institutional crisis in 1995. The government relieved Boubé Abdoulkadri three months before the end of his regular term of office and instead set an administrative committee at the head of the association, which was led by Riba Dan Madame, an official of the Ministry of Sports, and which was entrusted with drafting new association statutes. FENIFOOT's membership of FIFA was suspended. From elections in mid-1995, which were accompanied by tumult, Hama Hima Souley emerged as president and Abdoul Ramane Seydou as vice-president of the association. It was only when Boubé Abdoulkadri was reinstated and the elections were repeated that FIFA's suspension was lifted in early 1996.
Hama Hima Souley was President of FENIFOOT until 2005. In the eight regions of Niger, regional associations were set up to elect the executive office of the entire association. In accordance with the standard FIFA Statutes, the Executive Office had nine members, including the President and two Vice-Presidents. Hama Hima Souley's successor as president was Amadou Diallo . Incorrect information on the age of a Nigerian player at the U-17 African Cup of Nations in 2009 led to Niger's two-year ban for all CAF junior games and to Diallo's resignation. In 2009, Djibrilla Hima Hamidou became the new man at the top of FENIFOOT . The following year the executive office expanded to eleven members including the president and three vice-presidents.
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- Participations: 2012, 2013
The headquarters of the Fédération Nigérienne de Football is on avenue François Mitterrand in Niamey . The association has 108 active members, 14 clubs in the first division Championnat D1 and 94 clubs in the second division. The FENIFOOT uses the Niger flag as its flag . The emblem is a Dama gazelle . ( Ména , the name of the Dama cell in the national language Hausa , is the nickname of the Nigerien national football team.) A Dama cell can also be found in the FENIFOOT logo, which is in the national colors orange, white and green.
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