Pro­mo­tion ‘war’: Plateau ac­cuses NFF of work­ing for Adamawa Utd

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @ Ngob­ua­david

The Nige­ria Football Fed­er­a­tion is caught in the web of the on­go­ing pro­mo­tion fight be­tween Plateau United and Adamawa United, with the for­mer ac­cus­ing the NFF of work­ing to hand their pro­mo­tion ticket over to Adamawa United.

The two NNL clubs have ended the sea­son on 29 points from the same num­ber of matches but Plateau United have su­pe­rior goals dif­fer­ence.

In their fi­nal matches, both clubs se­cured away vic­to­ries. Plateau United de­feated Spotlight 2-1 in Katsina State while Adamawa United won 2-1 against Su­pereme Court in Abuja.

How­ever, the bone of con­tention is the protest which Adamawa United have filed against the match in Katsina be­tween Plateau and Spotlight. They are protest­ing that the matches in Katsina and Abuja did not start at the same time.

They are there­fore ask­ing the NFF to or­der a re­ply of the Katsina match but Plateau United have since cried foul say­ing Adamawa have no grounds to make such de­mand.

In ad­di­tion, Spotlight FC too have pe­ti­tioned the same match that they hosted and lost 2-1. NFF has ac­cepted to en­ter­tain the protests.

Con­se­quently, Plateau United have ac­cused the NFF of work­ing for Adamawa United. They have also cited the de­ci­sion of NFF’s Or­gan­is­ing and Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee in the case be­tween Kogi United and Adamawa United as another at­tempt by the NFF to favour the team from Yola.

It will be re­called that three board room points were awarded to Adamawa United af­ter their match against Kogi United in Lokoja was aban­doned. Kogi have since ap­pealed the de­ci­sion.

Plateau United in ad­di­tion have al­leged that NFF of­fi­cials and the Nige­ria Na­tional League are work­ing for Adamawa United be­cause they want to be in the good books of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress and a top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial from the state.

Thus, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in Plateau State Min­istry of sports, James Da­lyop told Daily Trust that Plateau United will not fold their hands and watch any­one take away their pro­mo­tion ticket.

“It is ob­vi­ous that all the ac­tions of the NNL and the NFF are geared to­wards help­ing Adamawa United. One Kogi United was short changed by the NFF O&D de­ci­sion. And ev­ery­body knows that they have gone on ap­peal.pp

“Nor­mally all ap­peals on is­sues per­tain­ing to matches are treated be­fore the last set of matches are played. They went ahead and or­dered the matches to played so that in the end, they will know how to ma­nip­u­late things.

“And to tell you that there is des­per­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Adamawa and the NFF, Adamawa filed a protest against a match played in katsina which they were not part of. Pos­si­bly, they now in­sti­gated katsina who at the last minute also filed a protest.

“Plateau United have won their match fair and square. The good thing is that the NRA pres­i­dent him­self watched the match in Katisna. In­stead of writ­ing the protest, Spotlight who de­scended on the ref­er­ees af­ter the match should be con­cerned about the pun­ish­ment NFF would mete out to them,” he said.

On their part, the NFF through the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Dr. Mo­hammed Sanusi de­nied all the al­le­ga­tions say­ing Plateau United is cry­ing wolf where there is none.

“I am very sur­prised. I find it very dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that they are be­hav­ing like that. The cal­i­bre of peo­ple who are man­ag­ing Plateau united should not be as­so­ci­ated with such a thing.

“They know that we in NFF are cred­i­ble peo­ple. We can­not bend the rules to favour any­one.y We can­not suc­cumb to any pres­sure. If we do that then there is no hope for football in Nige­ria.

“If any­body has writ­ten a protest, it is duty bound on us to look into all com­plaints on

the ba­sis of their merit. That does not mean if some­one has writ­ten and we say we are go­ing to lis­ten to the com­plaint, then we are favour­ing some­one.

“I for one will not do any­thing to de­lib­er­ately sup­press or sup­port any­one. Even if it is my fa­ther’s team, I can­not do any­thing in favour of that team against any other team. So I feel ter­ri­bly bad when I hear peo­ple make such state­ments,” he said

Mean­while, Plateau United have put on hold their cel­e­bra­tion party pend­ing the out­come of the protests be­fore the NFF.

NFF Pres­i­dent Amaju Pin­nick

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