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TRUCE: NANF, APFON set to reconcile

By Jacob Ajom

For permanent peace to return to Nigerian football, stake holders may have decided to reconcile the two players unions in Nigeria and see them operate under one umbrella body.

This was one of the findings of Sports Vanguard after the truce that brought the court case instituted by the National Association of Nigerian Footballers against the Nigeria Football Federation to an abrupt end.

A source who was part of the reconciliation group explained to Sports Vanguard that the NFF may have to withdraw its recognition of Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria and work towards reconciling both NANF and APFON for peace to reign.

It would be recalled that the immediate past board of the NFF led by Sani Lulu had recognised APFON as the only players union in Nigeria, a development which the Harrison Jalla-led NANF rejected vehemently. Indeed, the main reason Jalla took NFF to court was to ensure NANF was accorded its due recognition by having a representative on the NFF board. It was when the NFF election committee ignored NANF that the leadership of the players body took them to court.

“Äll that will soon become a thing of the past,”our source said, adding, “we have to reconcile the two bodies as we must move our football forward by bringing all stake holders together.”


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