Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sharks FC May Drag NFF Before CAS

The management of Sharks Football Club is still unsatisfied with the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hand Warri Wolves the chance to play in the CAF Confederation Cup.
The Premier League could be heading to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to fight the decision. This could mean that the NFF and CAF may be joined as defendant in the matter
The country’s football federation announced last Wednesday that Warri Wolves, which finished fourth in the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) in the recently-concluded season, would represent Nigeria in next year’s edition of the CAF Confederation Cup.
In a bid to have the decision upturned in its favour, the Premier League side has lodged a protest at the secretariat of the NFF in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The protest was lodged by the chairman of the Rivers State Football Association, Christopher Greene almost 24 hours after the football federation made the pronouncement in Abuja.
In spite of Sharks FC’s protest over the issue, the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, tried to clarify the contending Article 1 of the regulations for the CAF competition.
“It is true that the regulations might not have expressly foreseen this kind of situation. But Article 1 of the regulations for CAF Confederation Cup addressed the issue of which team is first pick for the competition,” he said.
But Article 1 of the CAF Confederation Cup states thus: “The African Football Confederation shall organise a yearly competition called ‘The Confederation Cup’, open to teams of Cup Winners Clubs of the Affiliated Associations. The 12 countries obtaining the best results in the clubs competitions during the previous five years will be allowed to register the Cup Winner’s Club and the club classified third in the National League. If the Cup Winner’s Club is not engaged, the concerned country will be authorized to register only one club”
But Sharks FC appears to be convinced with that interpretation and could be seeking justice at the world court for sports based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"This is an injustice and we will not take it lightly. And we are prepared to go all the way to CAS to get justice," Greene said in an agency report.

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