Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 December 2012

Nigeria: NFF Rejects Baribote's Sack

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has rejected the decision of club owners to sack the Victor Baribote-led Nigeria Premier League (NPL) board.

This was part of the resolutions reached by the Executive board of NFF after an its emergency meeting at its Headquarters on Friday to resolve the crisis in the country's apex football league.

The NFF said the decision to dissolve the NPL board did not comply with the statutes of the NPL.

"The Executive Committee unanimously rejected these acts as none of it complies with the provisions of the NPL Statutes" the communique reads in part.

On Wednesday, the chairmen of at least 16 clubs passed a 'vote of no confidence' on Baribote and his executives.

They sacked the board and in its place, appointed a six-man interim committee led by Mike Idoko.

But Baribote maintained that the club chairmen did not adhere to the statutes of the NPL in sacking him.

Congress for Tuesday

Also, the NFF ordered the NPL to stage its congress on December 11th in Abuja.

The Congress was earlier slated for 6th of December in Kano but the NFF put it on hold as a result of the crisis that is erupting in the League.

According to the communique, "The Executive Committee has therefore directed immediate convening of a proper Congress in line with the NPL Statutes."

The country's football governing body went on to appoint three of its executives; Emeka Inyama, Sulaiman Yahaya Kwande and Shehu Adamu, to attend Tuesday's congress as observers.

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