December 8, 2022

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NFF elections: SWAN disowns impostors, alerts electoral committee, aspirants


The Sports activities Writers of Nigeria (SWAN) has washed off fingers from a gaggle masquerading as Sports activities Journalists, claiming to be organising debate for contestants vying for positions forward of September 30, 2022 elective congress of the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF).

In a press assertion, the Secretary Basic of SWAN Jude Opara on Friday in Abuja, stated SWAN FCT chapter neither held a Congress, nor commissioned anybody to organise any debate occasion previous to NFF elections.

As a substitute the affiliation stated consistent with the guiding standing, preparations are on prime gear to work with each the nationwide secretariat of NFF and its electoral committee to place collectively a Nationwide debate particularly for presidential aspirants for glass home management.

The assertion reads partly, “The eye of the Nationwide Secretariat of the Sports activities Writers Affiliation of Nigeria (SWAN) has been drawn to a communique issued by a gaggle masquerading because the FCT chapter of the Affiliation.

“Our quick verify with the Chairman of SWAN in Abuja, Mr. Ndubueze Chidoka revealed that the chapter didn’t maintain any congress including that they often publicise their congresses to the information of all members of the Affiliation.

“It was additional gathered that the rogue communiqué was written by consideration seekers who’re solely bent on hoodwinking unsuspecting sports activities directors and members of the general public for his or her egocentric pursuits.

“Within the communiqué the impostors uncovered their avarice and outright ignorance of the Statute of SWAN by delving into areas that solely the Nationwide Secretariat has the mandate to behave upon.

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“Article 16 (l) of the SWAN Statute as amended states that; No state chapter shall have powers to narrate with federal companies/institutions or directors on any difficulty in regards to the Affiliation, in or outdoors its area with out approval from the Nationwide Secretariat.

“So it’s reasonably laughable that the amorphous group of their fantasy ended up addressing solely points that issues the Federal Ministry Youth and Sports activities and the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF).

“In all probability they have been so imbued with their constructing a fortress within the air that they by no means cared to ask questions. If not, they must have identified that the Nationwide Secretariat had lengthy addressed the problems of the pointless derailment of the D’Tigress Basketball workforce who’ve been disqualified from the 2022 FIBA Girls’s World Cup in addition to discussing with the NFF regarding returning SWAN as a member of the board of the federation.

“Equally, in regards to the forthcoming elections into the board of the NFF, the Nationwide Secretariat of SWAN along with the Affiliation for Higher Organized Nigerian League and Professionally Managed Groups is organizing a Zoom Debate for the Presidential Candidates. In due time, the date and modalities for the controversy can be made public. See Article 16 (m).

“We due to this fact urge members of most people and particularly the Ministry of Sports activities and the NFF to chorus from figuring out with these characters as a result of they don’t have the mandate of the Nationwide Secretariat of SWAN to dwell in such issues.”

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