Friday Aug 03, 2018. 10:18
In apparent intervention on the current leadership dispute disrupting the smooth running of Nigerian football, the Club Owners Association, representing the 20 football clubs in the elite Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), has called out for strict adherence to FIFA Statutes and Code in the administration of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a press statement sequel to their meeting on Friday, July 20, in Abuja, the association also decried the unguarded “meddlesomeness” from some quarters to undermine the smooth running of the League Management Company Limited which is licensed to manage the NPFL.
Describing the prevailing situation in Nigerian football as “regrettable and unsavoury”, the statement titled “A call for return to order”, explained the justification and universal applicability of FIFA rules and regulations in association football, pointing out that there would never be peace and order in world football should all member nations of FIFA disregard the standing rules, which they subscribed to in the first place, to resort to the use of regular courts in addressing football matters.
NPFL action is expected to resume later this month after it was postponed due to the power tussle between the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation and Chris Giwa boards.