The proprietor of Giwa FC of Jos, Chris Giwa, has vowed to drag the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) over its decision on the alleged abandonment of their match against Nasarawa United, the Vanguard reports.
Giwa met with the Appeals Committee of the NFF to rescind the decision of the NFF Organising and Disciplinary Committee which ordered that the encounter (Week 38) should continue from where it stopped.
It was alleged that Nasarawa United had abandoned the encounter in which Giwa wants the NFF to award his team all three points.
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However, the committee upheld the decision of the League Management Company (LMC) which awarded Nasarawa the three points against the decision of Organising and Disciplinary Committee.
Giwa lamented the decision and vowed to take the case to the Appeals Committee of CAF.
He said: “As I speak to you, I am not aware of the resolutions of the NFF Appeal Committee because I appeared before the committee on Thursday last week to represent my club.
“When the secretary of the committee asked if we were comfortable with the composition of the committee, I told them that I won’t want the man from Benue State in the committee.
“This is because the Match Commissioner of the said match is also from the same state.
“I told them that allowing the committee member from Benue to sit in judgment against his statesman is like a brother sitting in judgment on a matter that involves his brother.
“So, I pleaded that he steps aside because I didn’t believe I can get justice from him,’’he said.
According to the proprietor of Giwa FC, Nigerian football will not develop when laws are always abused.
“I reminded the chairman, Eddy Mark, that by the virtue of the NFF statutes, the chairman is empowered to sit alone; according to the statutes, two of them cannot even sit on a case.
“The statutes book says it is either three members sit or the chairman sits alone since the secretary of the panel is not a committee member.
“They strongly erred by allowing the same man I raised objection to his presence in the committee to take decision against me.
“In the real sense, he was supposed to step out for the chairman to give his ruling himself; let me tell you that this issue can stop Nigeria from participating in continental tournament next year.
“So, for Appeals Committee to violate the NFF statute, it means the decision cannot stand and taking decision outside the statute means that the committee is telling us to get justice outside the rule.’’ he added.
It would be recalled that the referee was forced to call off the encounter between Nasarawa United and Giwa FC at the Lafia Township Stadium in the 34th minute after Giwa FC refused to continue with the game.
Nasarawa were leading 2-0 at the time and Giwa already had two of their players sent off.