By Taofeek Lawal
In what seems to be a collaborative effort aimed at promoting the interest of their associations and football development in Nigeria, the leadership of two major stake holders, Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria APFON and the Club Owners Association held a special meeting on Friday in Warri Delta state.
The meeting held at CarLaw hotel in Warri was attended by the President of APFON Dahiru Sadi and the General Secretary Austin Popo. Also in attendance were Dominic Iorfa who stood in for the Acting Chairman of Club Owners Barrister Isaac Danladi, Coordinator of club owners, Jude Anyadufu of Enyimba and the Acting Secretary of the club owners, Alloy Chukwuemeka.
According to the two bodies, the meeting was described as special and historic as that was the first time the two bodies would meet to discuss matters of common interest as it affects the general plight of the clubs and players in Nigeria.
Top on the agenda was the welfare of players, Arbitration and Ethics as well as the defense of the provisions of the football statutes, rulebooks and extant laws as sanctioned by FIFA in the general Administration and Management of Football in Nigeria. The two bodies also agreed to take the issues back to their general house for further discussions and deliberations after which a joint communiqué would be released.
Meanwhile a new date would be fixed for yet another meeting of the two bodies in Abuja to fine tune the positions of the two bodies to arrive at a common ground.