Chess: NCF, CPAN to hold meet­ing in Abuja

The Punch - - SPORTS - Ebenezer Ba­jela

The Nige­ria chess Fed­er­a­tion and the chess Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria are set to meet in Abuja on de­cem­ber 28 to look for a way to put an end to the cri­sis that has rocked the fed­er­a­tion for a bet­ter pe­riod of the year.

Things have not been rosy be­tween the chess play­ers and the fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent, Olalekan Adeyemi, with over 600 Nige­rian chess play­ers writ­ing a pe­ti­tion to the chess world gov­ern­ing body Fide, ap­peal­ing for ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion in the face-off be­tween Pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­a­tion and sev­eral groups of chess play­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tors, and or­gan­is­ers in the coun­try.

In July the play­ers held an un­pro­duc­tive meet­ing with the NCF board with both par­ties fail­ing to reach a com­pro­mise.

mean­while, a close source has re­vealed to Sun­day PUNCH that an­other meet­ing has been ar­ranged af­ter six months to fi­nally put an end to the cri­sis.

“Some par­ties are ar­rang­ing a meet­ing be­tween CPAN and NCF and it is slated for next Satur­day which is de­cem­ber 28,” the source said.

“We got a com­mu­niqué from them (NCF) and they want us to talk and put an end to the whole is­sue and see how we can move for­ward.”

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