NFF Crisis: Giwa should give peace a chance —Okumagba •Thumbs up minister and Amaju

By Victor Enyinnaya, Lagos on April 21, 2016

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National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), Prince Vincent Okumagba, has called on the gladiators in the ongoing crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to see the future of the game in the country as the central reason for being in office.

Okumagba made the call in an exclusive telephone with Daily Sports from Abuja. He appealed to Chris Giwa to see reason and drop whatever case he claims to have against the incumbent executive committee and wait for the expiration of their tenure when fresh election would be conducted.

Prince Okumagba said: “My take since Giwa started his agitation has been let there be peace because without that there will be no meaningful development in our football. There is no how a house divided against itself can stand firmly; therefore, Giwa has to see reason and retrace his steps so that our football will breathe a new lease of life again. We must learn how to work together for the overall interest of the game. Nobody should see himself as alfa and omega of the game. All I am pointing to is, let lasting harmony fully take hold in the NFF.”

The NFSC boss reminded Giwa that if he succeeds in destroying the game there will not be any for him to preside over if he eventually wins the next election. He stressed that supporting the Amaju Pinnick-led board remains the only way forward and the last resort for everyone that has the utmost interest of the sport at heart to imbibe like tradition.

“Let me commend the way and manner the President of the Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and his executive committee have handled the matter maturely so far. The step by the NFF must be applauded as its shows their big-heartedness and unflinching belief in fair play, which rules the game. In short, it further shows they detest impunity. Therefore, we should do what will grow the game more than those things that would drag it many steps backwards,” he said.
Prince Okumagba added that it is unfortunate that this distraction came this time when all hands should be on deck to support the moves the executive committee wants to put in place that would reposition the sport and place the country in good position to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

He thumbed up the efforts of the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to bring the warring parties to a round table to quench the raging fire. He recalled that the minister has since he resumed office been in the forefront to bring peace and harmony to the football family.

“Since the Court of Arbitration for Sports had earlier thrown away his case for lack of merit, whatever he should see whatever he is doing now as not only illegal but wedging relentless a war against the State. He should for his best interest obey all the entreaties the minister has put forward and come home to roost,” he stated.

•Photo shows Prince Okumagba.

Source Daily Sports

Posted April 21, 2016


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