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NFF Election: Defy Court Order face wrath of Law, PFAN Split fire

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…Wants government intervention

Joel Ajayi

The Players Football Association of Nigeria PFAN on Friday, split fire said that the September 30th forthcoming NFF election in Edo state should not be held until every stakeholder is carried along.

The group also warned the Nigeria football Federation not to breach breach of football peace by defying the Court Order. 

Speaking at the press briefing in Abuja, the Spokesperson of the Association Victor Baribote revealed that the Association is ready to bear all sorts of names to bring the desired growth and development of Nigeria football.

He said holding elections in Edo is disturbing public peace.

According to him, Nigeria is too big to be taken hostage, NFF election is nothing but a useless exercise except the proper restructuring and repositioning.

“The Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria Taskforce Attention has  been drawn to publications in the media space on the Threat by NFF and its Electoral Committee to defy the September 15, 2022 Federal High Court Abuja order putting the NFF Election on hold and proceed with the  September 30 2022 Election. 

In the light of the above threat the PFAN Task Force States as follows: The PFAN Task Force has taken appropriate steps and has duly informed all relevant Agencies of Government of threat to cause a  breach of the peace by defying the Court Order. 

“That PFAN Task force is exploring all possibilities within the ambit of the Law to ensure those who are already defying the Court Order would face the consequences of their actions. 

“Our position is that all stakeholders must sit at the round table and sort the problems once but those occupying the position currently are not ready to agree to the gentleman’s agreement we made.

“Part of their prayer is that all the previous board members give way.”

Speaking also, the Board of Trustee of the PFAN Harrison Jalla revealed that failure of the NFF to amend the statute and the inability to carry all the stakeholders along is causing serious impediment to Nigerian football.

He said that the group has all the security agencies to stop the purported election slated for the 30th of September in the interest of peace, justice and the rule of law.

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FG to Diversify Sports For More Youth Empowerment

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The Federal Government has assured that it will explore all possible avenues for more youth participation in sports with a view to  empowering them to become self employed and self reliant so as to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.


The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare gave the assurance  on Friday in his Office in Abuja when he received the Executive Director of Hand – To – Hand Sports Federation of Moscow.


Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, the Minister stated that “this was in line with the present Administration’s policy thrust which is geared towards making the teeming Nigerian youth entrepreneurial, self-reliant and employable”.


According to him, “the Ministry will put up workable modalities that will make Nigeria not to only key into the Hand – To – Hand Mashal Sports but to also open up more doors for our youth involvement in the various fields of sports world wide”.


He therefore urged the youth in the country to keep themselves abreast with the various policies, programmes and initiatives of the present administration so as to take advantage of every available opportunity to better their lives.


Earlier, the Chief Executive Administrator, Hand – To – Hand Sports, Moscow, Mr. Sorgai Poroshin stated that he was in the Ministry to introduce the game to the country.


According to him, the Sports which had been in existence for the past sixteen years has a thirty- eight-country membership, including Ghana, hence the need for Nigeria to see the possibility of keying into it especially  as it is the giant of Africa. 


He noted that Nigeria’s acceptance of the game will further open a new horizon for the country’s youth to make their mark in the Committee of Sporting World.

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