–Chart new course for Nigeria football
By Sab Osuji:
The association of Premier League club owners and managers Tuesday met with the Sports minister and chairman of the National sports Commission, NSC, Dr Tammy Danagogo.
Barr. Isaac Danladi – the chairman of the club owners, congratulated the Minister on his appointment to manage the most glamorous and highly challenging Sports Ministry, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Danladi who is also chairman of Nasarawa United added that the appointment was well deserved considering the Minister’s wealth of experience as former commissioner in Rivers state coupled with his Educational background as a legal Luminary which placed him on a higher pedestal to excel in the new office.
Danladi informed the Minister that the current football crisis in Nigeria viz-a-viz the FIFA suspension of Nigeria necessitated the meeting with him and expressed appreciation to the Minister for his timely intervention which brought about the lifting of the suspension.
The Club Owners identified non compliance with the statutes of Football by successive administrations in Nigerian football as the genesis of the crisis in football which had always led to mutual distrust amongst the stake holders, leading to the several litigations in the conventional courts.
The club owners reminded the minister that the the absence of a second vice president of NFF as a result of the absence of a league board runs contrary to the statutes of the game.
They also reminded the minister that the Premier League is being run by a private company which is not in line with the provisions of football statutes, insisting that Clubs have over the years been disenfranchised from voting in elections into the federation as well as congress decisions.
They lamented that clubs have not been allowed to constitute its own electoral committee to conduct elections into its boards as allowed in FIFA statutes and electoral Code.
The clubs owners call on all stakeholders in football to embrace the statutes as the universal guide in the management and Administration of football as sanctioned by FIFA, just as they urged the Minister to work in that direction for the overall progress of our football.
Receiving the Club Owners, the Minister Dr. Danagogo expressed happiness and openly assured them that their requests would be given the required attention.
He said that all stakeholders should imbibe the spirit of dialogue and round table discussions in resolving issues around football and cautioned against undue heating up of the polity.