By Richard Jideaka:
Following the Executive Committee meeting of the Nigeria Football Federation that was held on Thursday in Abuja, two of its members have been suspended and a third is facing an investigation.
Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ and Chris Green were handed different lengths of suspension during the NFF Executive Committee meeting in Abuja for alleged “anti-board activities.”
Ahmed was suspended “from the Executive Committee and banned from all football–related activities for one year” while Green got six months.
But both suspensions are subject to ratification before the NFF General Assembly.
“For reasons of glaring anti-Board activities, including facilitating and participating in an unauthorized gathering in Abuja, as well as case of forgery to unilaterally alter the decision of the Executive Committee on tenure of the management staff, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ was suspended from the Executive Committee and banned from all football–related activities for one year, pending the ratification of the General Assembly,” the Communique of the meeting read in part.
“For reasons of glaring anti-board activities, including facilitating and participating in an unauthorized gathering in Abuja and giving media interviews that tended to put the NFF and Nigeria football in bad light, Barr. Christopher Green was suspended from the Executive Committee and banned from all football–related activities for six months, pending the ratification of the General Assembly. These decisions were in line with Article 34 (m) and Article 37 (1 & 5) of the NFF Statutes,” the NFF statement further stated on Thursday.
Another NFF board member, Honourable Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande has, however, been placed under further investigation for alleged “anti-board activities.”
“Having admitted presence at the unauthorized gathering and with his explanations and due apologies, the [NFF]
Executive Committee decided to further investigate a similar case of anti-Board activities against another
Member, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande. All persons concerned were confronted with the accusations and given ample opportunity to defend themselves,” the NFF said.
On the other hand, the football federation will review the report of its committee investigating the lengthy bans handed to some of the country’s football persons.
“The Committee received the report of the Effiong Johnson–led sub-committee set up to review lengthy bans on prominent members of the Nigeria football family: Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, Chief Rumson Baribote, Barr. Olaleye Adepoju, Mr. Jarrett Tenebe, Mr. Harrison Jalla, Mr. Ahmed Shuaibu-Gara, Mr. Chikelue Iloanusi and Mr. Olajide Fashikun. A decision on the report will be taken at the next Executive Committee meeting,” the NFF explained.
The Committee firstly observed a one –minute silence in memory of one-time Member of then NFA Executive Committee, Dr. Ayo Bello, who died in Ilorin, Kwara State on Thursday, 31st July, 2014, hailing his tremendous contributions to the game in Kwara State and at national level.
The Executive Committee also congratulated the Honourable Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr.
Tammy Danagogo, for Nigeria’s brilliant outing at the recently concluded 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Completesportsnigeria.com gathered that a free-for-all- fight almost took place during the meeting as both
parties; the executive members of the NFF on one side and the duo of Green alongside Yusuf Ahmed on the other
side almost came to blows.
Green and Yusuf directed invectives at the NFF chieftains who suspended them and eventually stormed out of the venue.