NFF crisis: Association urges Jonathan to call Giwa faction to order

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LAGOS – The Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to call the Chris Giwa-led faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to order to end the crisis in the football house.

The Financial Secretary of the association, Edema Fuludu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Fuludu explained that the crisis within the NFA could attract FIFA’s ban on Nigeria, a development that was capable of endangering the livelihood of the nation’s footballers.

“The players union is even planning to stage a protest to Mr President to step swiftly into the matter if the minister is not taking action enough.

“So if they are trying to scuttle the lives of Nigerian players it’s very unfortunate.

“Because, a ban means that the people who will suffer are the players – male and female – that have taken football as their profession and occupation; who earn a living from it.

“Not the people who are politically empowered to cause confusion in the system.

“There is one NFF president and it’s Amaju Pinnick – recognised by FIFA, CAF, NFF and Nigerians.“

The NFF is currently embroiled in a legal tussle following Thursday’s ruling by a Federal High Court in Jos which ordered the football executive committee members elected in Warri in September to vacate office.

The court then ordered Chris Giwa, who is also laying claim to the office of the NFF president, to take charge pending the determination of the case. (NAN)

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