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PFAN Insists No Name Change For Players Union

The players’ union PFAN has said it is open to the reconciliatory efforts initiated by the NFF, but at the same time maintained it will not agree to a change of name or composition of the body.

This was the decision taken by the National Executive Council and Board of Trustees (BOT) at a meeting on April 12, 2023.

The NFF Reconciliation Committee headed by Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has moved to change the name as well as the composition of the players’ union.

It has proposed the players’ union now be known as United All Nigeria Professional Football Players Association and a new constituition be drafted for it.


The meeting started from 8pm-11pm with all members of the Executive Council and BOT in attendance, save for a few absences with excuse.

At the end of the meeting, the following resolutions were made as ratified by The NEC and BOT.

1. After receiving the comprehensive report of the PFAN Peace Committee, The NEC and BOT congratulated the chairman peace committee and his members and passed a vote of confidence on their work.

2. The peace committee were directed to continue their work in consultation with the secretariat and BOT.

3. The NEC and BOT thanked the chairman of the NFF Peace and Reconciliation Committee, His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu for the hospitality and reception.

4. The NEC and BOT conclusively resolved and directed that ANY CHANGE OF NAME AND, OR NOMENCLATURE OF PFAN be completely expunged from the peace discussions.

5. The council in meeting reiterated PFAN’s commitment towards peace and ratified its position that all aggrieved members are welcome to return home with their former status fully restored.

6. The meeting directed that henceforth, All PFAN official statements shall emanate only from the PFAN Secretariat through the Director of Media.

7. It was also conclusively resolved that PFAN shall continue with the NFF Peace and Reconciliation proceedings still without prejudice and as such directed its Peace Committee chairman and members to attend the next meeting as scheduled.

8. The NEC and BOT also applauded the PFAN President, Tijani Babangida’s stance on peace while encouraging him to reach out to the NFF Peace and Reconciliation Committee chairman and Edo state Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu to clarify certain insinuations flying around.

9. The meeting also directed that the National Executive Council henceforth meet

regularly at least once every month until otherwise directed.

10. The PFAN Secretariat was directed to make sure that members are kept abreast with timely and precise information.

Communique drafting committee:

PFAN secretariat.


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