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PFAN wants NFF sanctioned for failure to amend its 2010 statutes

Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

The Project 2022 Taskforce, an offshoot of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, says it will seek justice from appropriate institutions against the Nigeria Football Federation over refusal to amend the “NFF’s Statutes 2010”.

It disclosed this in a statement signed by its Chairman/Facilitator, Harrison Jalla, and Secretary, Edema Fuludu.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the task force had, on June 26, 2021, at a press briefing in Warri, Delta State, issued a 90-day notice to the Federation to amend the NFF’s Statutes 2010 which, according to them, would put the nation’s football on the part of growth.

The statement on Monday in Warri stated: “In view of the above, the Taskforce wrote a letter to the NFF to communicate its demands with a 90-day mandatory notice from June 26, 2021, vide the relevant provisions of Article 27, sub 182 of the NFF’s Statutes 2010.

“The NFF failed to acknowledge or respond to the letter of demands, at the expiration of the 90-day notice.

“A 14 days grace period or reminder was further given to them to effect the relevant amendments, yet it was not complied with.

“Having exhausted all avenues of due process as enshrined in the various provisions of FIFA, CAF, NFF and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Taskforce is left with the only option to commence the process of getting justice from the appropriate institutions/authorities.

“The agitation is not to witch-hunt anybody, but to ensure that football is revived in Nigeria.”

The task force noted that the NFF’s Statutes 2010 was responsible for the slow pace of football development in the country.

The Congress of the General Assembly of the NFF had 44 members, including States’ Football Associations with 37, while Leagues, Coaches, Referees and the PFAN had one member each, the task force noted.

“The rules must be amended to reflect equal representation. We stand by that and we are going to do everything possible within the ambit of the law to reflect that,” the group said.

According to the task force, the NFF’s Statutes 2010 should be amended to address: the current composition of the NFF Congress; the composition of the NFF Executive Committee; and voting pattern, among others.

The group frowned at the attitude of the nation’s football ruling body to its demands but conceded that it had agreed to rely on the status of its members, as major stakeholders in the football industry, to pursue their demands to a logical conclusion.

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