Gusau Reconciliation Off To Poor Start After NFF President Questions PFAN Credentials
Newly elected NFF President Ibrahim Gusau may have got off to a poor start in his bid to reconcile major Stakeholders in Nigeria Football after he questioned the credentials of the country’s players’ union, PFAN.
PFAN secured the court order to stop the Elections from which Gusau emerged as NFF President after the football federation got a higher court to stay on the injunction.
Gusau has said he wishes to end infighting among the major Nigeria Football Stakeholders with the help of a Reconciliation Committee.
“We want to bring everybody together, that’s key before we get on with the real business,” he told Eagles7 FM Radio.
“We have to come together to support the game of football.”
The NFF President disclosed that the football federation have already made contacts with PFAN so as to put an end to the matter.
But at the same time he shot himself in the foot when he asked: “Do we have a formidable, functional players’ union, whose structures can be identified?”
His interviewer, who is also a patron of PFAN and former international, Segun “Mathematical’ Odegbami, corrected the NFF President by telling him PFAN is the registered and authentic body representing the majority of Nigerian players and any other group was only formed to rival it.
Gusau may also be holding jealously to the past after he defended his predecessor Pinnick on a Third Term ambition as well as the many problems that engulfed the football federation in the last eight years during which he was also a key player as Chairman of Chainmen.
He said pressure groups and not Pinnick himself were the ones who pressed for his predecessor to continue in office for a third term.
It must be noted that Pinnick has announced he “installed” Gusau as the new President and further investigations by www.insidehlasshouse.com showed he also supported him financially.
Gusau blamed corruption investigations as well as court cases for the disastrous results by Nigeria Football under Pinnick.
“It was one crisis after the other and that had a negative effect on the system, many people don’t consider that,” he argued.
“You are preparing for a competition and EFCC invites you and at another time, it is ICPC. These will distract you and under such circumstances you can’t get results.”