Wednesday, December 08, 2010

NFF to decide NPL chairmanship in next meeting

The last appears not to have been heard over the tussle over the chairmanship of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) with the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) set to take a decision when next it meets.
Though there is no date mentioned for the next meeting of the Nigerian FA Executive Committee, has been informed by a top official of the football house that the president of the federation, Aminu Maigari, revealed that a decision will be taken at the body’s next meeting in Abuja.
“I can’t really say for sure when the NFF will be meeting. It could be next week. But I know it should be before the end of this year. In that next meeting of the board members, I know that they will take a decision on the dispute over the chairmanship of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).
“You know the last (NFF) board set up an arbitration panel led by Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe to look into the matter. So I can’t say if the recommendations made by that panel will be executed by this board or not. But I am certain that in the next meeting they will make a decision on the matter,” the official told
Last Wednesday, the Nigerian FA was expected to have taken a decision on the matter but it was understood that due to reports in the media and the sensitivity of the dispute over the chairmanship of the Premier League it had to shelve it aside.
The chairmanship of the Premier League has been in dispute since Davidson Owumi won the NPL election in May this year against Victor Rumson Baribote, who has been calling for the removal of the former as chief of the country’s top-flight division.
In early November, the NFF invited both men in finding a lasting solution to the gridlock but the meeting ended without a way out.

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