Supporters club clash with Police at airport over krecognition of Okumagba’s faction by NFF
It was a show of shame and absolute confusion at the Ibom International Airport, Uyo when the members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club clashed with police and security agents after they discovered that members of Vincent Okumagba’s faction are the ones travelling in the chartered plane to support the Super Eagles against Libya in Sfax, Tunisia.
Sam Ikpea, Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club where Dr. Rafiu Ladipo is the President- General said that the recognition of Vincent Okumagba’s faction by Amaju Pinnick, the President of Nigeria Football Federation is the highest display of lack of fairness and nepotism that will set Nigeria football on fire with so many problems, which may even affect the performance of all the national teams, as he stressed that division can never bring success to any organisation.
In an exclusive chat with www.totorinews.com at the Ibom International Airport , Uyo , Ikpea said that it is very wrong and insensitive for Pinnick to give 20 slots to Okumagba’s faction of the Super Eagles Suppprters Club which is newly registered after the World Cup in Russia at the expense of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club that has been registered since 1955 with chapters and branches all over the world.
“It is very callous for Amaju Pinnick led NFF to give 20 slots to the members of Super Eagles Suppprters Club led by Vincent Okumagba. My members were in Naimey, Niger Republic to support the Golden Eaglets and they also travelled by road to Yaoundé last year to support the Super Eagles. Okumagba’s faction were not there.” Ikpea said.
“It is very unfortunate that NFF will now give 20 slots to Okumagba’s faction. Super Eagles Supporters Club was just registered three months ago after the World Cup. He was chased out of Eagles Suppprters Club when the members there discovered all his shaddy deals he did regarding the World Cup and Pinnick is recognising the new club .
“This is a complete lack of fairness and highest display of nepotism. You know Okumagba and Pinnick are from the same Delta state so other members in the authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club are no longer relevant. A club formed since 1955 is no longer relevant to support the Super Eagles,” he said.
Relief came for the aggrieved members when Bola Oyeyode, Director of Competition,NFF pacified them that the NFF Executive had an emergency meeting over the disturbance at the airport and he was directed by Mallam Shehu Dikko, the 2nd Vice President of the NFF to inform them that NFF will give preference in the next away game of the Super Eagles against South Africa to the members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club to cheer the Super Eagles in the away fixture stated for 17th November, 2018.
“I have been directed by Mallam Shehu Dikko, 2nd Vice. President of the NFF to pass a message to everyone . So please calm down and listen to me. There is nothing we can do to stop the ones going to Tunisia today , but your members will be the supporters that will cheer the Super Eagles in South Africa.” Oyeyode.
“I am a man of honour. You can see that I am still holding the boarding pass of 15 members that have been approved to fly today to support the Super Eagles. It is you peoples turn next month. NFF have taken the decision and please trust the Federation to fulfil what transpired today,” he added.
Ikpea then finally calmed his aggrieved members and assured them that they should be patience til next month when the Super Eagles will file out against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
“We have heard the decision of the NFF on this matter and we will exercise patience. What will want is justice and fairness for everybody and we hope that what was promised today will be done next month. So please let’s wait til next month,” he said.
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