Nigeria Players caution Chris Giwa on NFF Presidency

By Daily Sports on June 8, 2016

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The crisis rocking the Football House in the country has taken another dimension as stakeholders are beginning to react angrily.

The Nigeria Players Union, the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers (NANPF) has on behalf of all Nigeria professional footballers express great concern over what they view as “the illegal and unpatriotic actions of Chris Giwa and his co-travellers on his consistent and persistent harassment and embarrassment of a duly elected and constituted board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by its President Amaju Pinnick.”

The players Union position, according to a public statement issued by the General Secretary of the association, Comrade Austin Popo on the crisis is that it is “not only capable of destroying the very fabric of the game but also has the full potential of threatening the lives and careers of our members by throwing millions of youths engaged in the game nation-wide into the already saturated unemployment market.”

The union said it has watched with dismay “the seemingly helplessness and lack of concern showed by relevant institutions, including the Ministry of Youths and Sports to put an end to the crisis. The union is further worried that a man who could sacrifice the lives and careers of players and coaches for personal ambition, following the recent expulsion of Giwa Football Club from the NPFL lives much to be desired.”

“The union wishes to put on record its position to FIFA during the heat of the election crisis, as one of the affiliates and delegates of the NFF Congress, that there was no election conducted by the Congress to elect Chris Giwa as the NFF president. The union report was a major point of consideration for FIFA in arriving at its decision.

“In view of the current situation, the players’ union wishes to call on the Trade Union Congress and the Federal Government to intervene by putting an end to this illegal disposition of Giwa   persistently trying to force himself to take over the leadership of the NFF, and if not timely checked, may attract FIFA ban with its far reaching implications of throwing millions of young Nigerians engaged in the game into the labour market,” the association said.

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 8, 2016

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