The crumbling Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Amaju Pinnick have yet again suffered a massive setback after the two factions of the country’s players’ union united at the weekend.
The Pinnick-led NFF in particular have actively divided the players’ union by playing one faction against the other so that they will not pose a formidable opposition.
SCORENigeria gathered that only recently a former Super Eagles player allegedly collected a huge sum of money from the NFF leadership to institute a court injunction against one of the factions at a Enugu court, where he claimed the judge is a friend.
Unfortunately, the plot failed.
Harrison Jalla announced the reconciliation of the factions in Lagos at the weekend.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who thought they could divide and rule the players’ union in Nigeria forever for their selfish interest should now bow their head in shame,” said Harrison Jalla in a statement.
“July 17, 2020, was an historic for all Nigeria footballers current and retired. The two factions of the players Associations deliberately pitched together by the NFF for over 15 years buried their hatchet and vowed to come together as a united family.”
Subsequently, a joint committee has been instituted to marshal out a road map going forward.
Jalla also announced he will soon step down as NANF as part of this reconciliation.
“I will soon gracefully bow out as president of NANF. Nigerians will soon see a new set of vibrant kids on the block who will drive the vision in which we are founding fathers,” he said.
The peace meeting was convened by Tajudeen Ajide, the executive chairman of Surulere Local Government Area, while Felix Owolabi (MON) presided over the peace meeting.
Some of the former stars in attendance were Waidi Akanni, Tajudeen Disu, Mutiu Adepoju, Tijani Babangida, Ikechukwu Enwezor, Austin Popo, Jumbo Awala, Wasiu Ipaye, Clement Temile, Joshua Kator, Edema Fuludu, Gani Akanni, Dahiru Sadi, David Aigbovo, Princewill Gbogbodu, Akeem Busari, Emmanuel Babayaro and Peter Nieketen.