.Welcomes NFF’s Intervention In Tenure Crisis, Sets Up
Committee To Verify Kaduna Utd., Warri Wolves Claims.
The leadership of Nigeria Premier League Club Owners Association, says the group will welcome the intervention of the Nation’s soccer authority, the NFF in resolving the tenure crisis between the clubs and League Management Committee, LMC, just as they claim that there is no crisis between both parties ‘as being spread in the media’.
Acting Secretary of the Club Owners, Alloy Chukwuemeka told Sports Journalists at the NFF Secretariat in Wuse, Abuja on Thursday, that his association has received a letter from the apex soccer ruling body, stating its readiness to intervene in the matter.
Alloy, however reiterated that the Club Owners never sacked the LMC, but only made reference to the NFF terms of reference, which was handed over to the LMC, “as it concerned one season tenure as well as issues of election as contained therein”.
Alloy further hinted that the association has set up a 3-man committee, headed by Chief Okey Kpalukwu, the General Manager of Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt, to verify claims by the management of both Kaduna United and Warri Wolves, that they were not part of the decisions taken by the 24 clubs in Tuesday’s expanded meeting.
The Acting Scribe of the Club Owners claimed that available records showed clearly that the two clubs participated in all procceedings of the meeting and that their officials signed the attendance register.
“At the meeting, Kaduna United was represented by the General Manager, Alhaji Mansir Jibo, while Warri Wolves was represented by the Club Secretary Mr Omohowo Lawrence”, Alloy said.
He further disclosed that the committee is to verify their claims and ascertain its authenticity, while on the contrary “they may face sanctions for anti-association activities”.
Meanwhile, the other members of the committee, according to Alloy, are Alhaji Zanna Malla, Chairman of Elkanemi and Barrister S.B Aluko, the Chairman of relegated Kwara United, while the committee is expected to submit its report within a week.