PFAN Gives FIFA Ultimatum To Compel NFF Investigate Match-Fixing Admissions By NPFL Clubs
The Task Force of the players’ union PFAN has asked world football governing body FIFA to order the NFF to investigate the public admission by NPFL Clubs that matches involving them are pre-determined.
The Clubs admitted that match-fixing is rife in the NPFL in an official correspondence to the Sports Minister as well as during a recent with the new NFF leadership.
In a communiqué issued after the meeting with the NFF, the Clubs said matches in the NPFL were won by “the highest bidders” and that these matches “lack integrity”.
In a letter addressed to the FIFA General Secretary, PFAN Task Force Secretary Edema Fuludu said these disclosures are of “grave concern” to the game of football in Nigeria and that there was an urgent need for a quick and thorough investigation.
The players’ union therefore handed FIFA a 21-day ultimatum to take action and in the event that is not done, PFAN will have no option than to invite the country’s anti-corruption agencies to the matter.
This move by PFAN comes just days after a top official, Auwalu Baba Jada, was banned by the NFF after he was caught on video boasting of how he has fixed matches in the NPFL.