Friday, August 07, 2009

Sharks FC Drops Case Against NFF

Nigeria Premier League (NPL) side, Sharks Football Club, may have decided to end its pursuit of a CAF Confederation Cup place by dropping its case with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for picking Warri Wolves for that slot.
Before last Wednesday’s NFF Annual Assembly in Lokoja, Kogi State, the federation chiefs that include its president, Sani Lulu and its vice-presidents, Amanze Uchegbulam and Oyuki Obaseki, met with the Rivers State Football Association chairman, Barrister Chris Green, over the issue.
Green was prevailed over to drop the matter after it emerged that he was planning to raise the issue on the floor of the NFF general assembly in the ancient town of Lokoja on Wednesday.
A source said it was during the meeting that fences were mended between the NFF and Sharks FC, which led to the end of weeks of accusations and counter-accusations.
It was learnt that Green accepted that Sharks FC would feature in the West African Football Union (WAFU) Club Cup alongside Niger Tornadoes next year.
Most of the FA chairmen that took part in the general assembly of the country’s football governing body had expected that the issue would be brought up but nothing happened and the case died down.
“It seems that Sharks have conceded the CAF Confederation Cup slot to Warri Wolves. The Rivers State FA chairman met with the NFF president and vice-presidents on the matter and I think they have resolved it,” our source confirmed.
During the week, Green opened up that he had visited the headquarters of CAF to ascertain if the football federation was right about its decision to hand Warri Wolves the CAF Confederation Cup ticket.
“I went to Cairo CAF office not to complain. I went on a fact finding mission and I got what I actually went for. That’s all about the matter. It is not a personal fight. It is a fight for the survival of the soul of football in this country. I see that Sharks FC was not fairly treated.
“The articles and the rules are very clear on it in terms of the Confederations Cup. I see no reason why the rules shall not be interpreted the way it ought to be interpreted,’’ said Green.

1 comment:

  1. Sharks have not dropped the case.
    Yes, Chris Green as the FA chairman agreed to drop the case, but the club Secretary, Cyril Dum Wite still insists Sharks will fight on.
    So i do not think we have seen the end of it yet.