Major Stakeholders Shortchanged In Nigeria Football – Babayaro
The General Secretary of the Nigeria players’ union, PFAN, Emmanuel Babayaro, has said major stakeholders like the footballers have for long been shortchanged in the country and their agitation for equal representation has caused the NFF led by Amaju Pinnick to form a splinter players’ group.
Babayaro made this assertion in an interview with SuperSports TV programme ‘Soccer Africa’.
“The so-called crisis emanated from the players union is asking for the rights of its members, like equal representation,” the former international told the pay television channel.
“The PFAN President, Tijjani Babangida (PICTURED ABOVE) was in Cameroon recently and he met the President of FIFPro Africa, Jeremi Njitap, who asked him the composition of the NFF Congress like how many votes does the players’ union have in the Congress.
“Babangida replied that it’s a single vote and Njitap was shocked.
“He could not believe this was possible in a federation of five equal partners according to the rule book – the FA, the referees’ council, the players’ union, the clubs and coaches.”
“We are talking of a players’ union with many top technocrats who have distinguished themselves in every sphere of life and who can now vie for any positions.
“Today we have top football administrators like Segun Odegbami, Davidson Owumi, lawyers, Masters degree holders.
“So we are now demanding that the most important actors in Nigeria Football, the players, have been short changed and so they need to go back and look into the (NFF) Statutes with a view to giving the players more voice, more representation.
“That’s when the trouble comes up and they now try to break up the players’ union as they often do before any election.”