ABUJA – The Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, on Tuesday in Abuja promised to intervene and resolve pending issues between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Premier League Club Owners Association.
The minister said there was the need for both parties to embrace dialogue, adding that football could only move forward when they both have a harmonious relationship.
“I am aware of these issues and, at several times, I have tried to sort them out personally, because I believe the way to settle disagreement is to discuss privately.
“I am advising you that you should always seek avenue for peaceful and private dialogue, rather than make accusations and counter-accusations in the media.
“But, I assure you that I will look into the issues and they will be addressed. I will do my utmost to separate personal or private interests in settling them.
Danagogo, who is also the Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), said it was important for the issues to be resolved as the clubs have produced ex-internationals.
“With this, we have what it takes to surpass our present position in the world. But we also need a good management of what we have, and that is the players. [eap_ad_1] “We need to develop and harness them to achieve what we hope to achieve. So, the issues must be resolved before we can take our football to the next level,’’ the NSC Chairman said.
“I thank you for the leadership roles, intervention and contributions towards ensuring that the FIFA suspension was lifted.
“But we have observed that the genesis of the crisis rocking Nigerian football is the inability to strongly adhere, follow and protect the statutes which is recognised by FIFA.
“This lack of respect for the statues for political and selfish reasons have caused distrust among stakeholders, leading to several litigations in conventional courts, and FIFA frowns at this,’’ Danladi said.
The club owners’ acting chairman however pleaded with the minister to charge stakeholders to abide by the provisions of the statutes of football as outlined by FIFA.
“On behalf of the club owners, I seek your intervention in helping to task all stakeholders to abide by the provisions of the statutes of football as sanctioned by FIFA.
Danladi however outlined four issues which, according to him, are “important and needed to be addressed urgently’’.
“Secondly, the premier league board is completely absent. Rather, a privately-owned company is managing our league, which is contrary to the provisions of FIFA and NFF statues.
“And lastly, clubs have been disenfranchised from voting in the federation elections and congress decisions,’’ he said.(NAN)[eap_ad_4]