Beware of people with selfish agenda, NANF tells NFF
THE National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), has alleged that people with personal and selfish interest are fighting to ‘destroy’ Nigeria football.
“Having been in the forefront of agitation for reforms in Nigeria football for over two decades, we can no longer watch from the side lines to see stakeholders who are fighting for their personal and selfish interest deliberately destroying Nigeria football,” NANF President, Harrison Jalla said in a mail to The Guardian yesterday.
According to Jalla, the Amaju Pinnick-led board of NFF has offered ray of hope for reforms that would transform Nigeria football, but hinted that there are ‘bad people’ working round the clock to truncate the process. “They are bent on deliberately destroying the process for their selfish and personal reasons,” he said.
“NANF have intervened in the dispute within factions of the NFF without fear or favour, and also mediated to resolve issues arising before and after the September 30th election with both sides accepting the outcome of the terms of settlement.
“NANF as a representative of the most important constituency in football (the players), has a statutory responsibility to defend the game of football in the country. We have therefore put necessary machineries in place to fight the attempt by some people to drag politics into Nigerian football. We will resist every deliberate attempt to destroy the game and we will always defend the interest of Nigeria players and stakeholders who have good intention for the game,” Jalla added.