As the 2019 AFCON qualifying clash between Nigeria Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa gathers pace, all seem not to be well in the Nigeria supporters club.
The Nigerian supporters club has been going through turbulent times due to two warring factions each of them claiming to be the authentic and recognized club.
The Nigeria football federation through its president Amaju Pinnick on Wednesday in Lagos asked the two warring leaders Vincent Okumagba and Rev Samuel Ikpea to step down and pave way for a new election.
“I have made it clear that the Supporters Club should not come to Uyo for this match on Saturday. I have also told Ladipo to resign and conduct a fresh election. The two warring leaders, Ikpea and Okumagba should also resign because we can’t continue to work with factional leaders,” Pinnick told The Guardian.
The chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Rafiu Ladipo who is also the President General of the body, in his reaction said the supporters club is a non-governmental organization and it will be wrong for NFF to determine how it run its affairs.
“If the NFF says we should not come to Uyo for the match, we will stay away, but I want whoever is giving such directive to know that the Supporters Club is a non-governmental organisation. It is registered with the CAC and we have been paying our monthly subscription for the past 62 years.”
Information from Guardian Nigeria was used in this report