By Ifeanyi Eduzor
The All Nigeria Football Players Union (ANFPU) has slammed a 10-year ban on Tijani Babangida, Austin Popo and others who run the Professional Football Association of Nigeria (PFAN).
ANFPU in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Olisa Onuchukwu and President Abdul Sule said the ban was a fallout of the group’s illegal activities that are inimical to Nigerian football.
ANFPU noted that PFAN is not a registered body recognized by the nation’s soccer governing body, NFF and even the sports ministry.
“ANFPU was born as a way of charting a new course for the nation’s ex internationals and we can not continue to watch PFAN as they operate illegally. This has informed the immediate ban of the likes of Austin Popo, Harrison Jalla, Emmanuel Babayaro, Edema Fuludu and Tijani Babangida from all football activities for 10 years. “
ANFPU stated that it would soon set up a committee that would probe the activities of the body and how they have been short changing Nigerian ex internationals over the years.