SAN implores National Assembly to pass NFF Act

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and expert in law relating to football, Mr Abdul Hakeem Mustapha has implored the National Assembly to pass the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Act to forestall any crisis that may occur in future in the Nigeria football administration.
Mr Mustapha made the call in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while answering questions from newsmen.
The legal practitioner, who once served as Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the NFF, said such bill when passed into law, would also stop the lingering court cases filed by individuals or group of people rather than resolving their disputes through internal dispute resolution mechanism.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria warned that frequent court cases through the regular courts could cripple Nigerian football.
Mr Mustapha noted that football around the world is a multi- billion dollars investment or industry, but said Nigeria needs to harness the potentials in the sector.
He stressed the need to encourage sponsorship of the tournament without government intervention and devoid of crisis.
Mr Mustapha therefore urged stakeholders in the football industry to follow internal dispute resolution mechanism which starts from the NFF to FIFA and Court of Arbitration Sports (CAS) rather than take their grievances to the regular courts.
He also appealed to the youth to venture into sporting activities to guide against youth restiveness in the society.


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