The National Association of Nigerian Footballers, NANF factional presidents, Harrison Jalla and Larry Kubenje have traded words over who the legitimate president between two of them is.
In a Channels TV program monitored by The SportsBay, Kubenje stated that Jalla had handed over power to him as the president of the players union of his own will after ruling for 26 years.
According to him, “Nobody forced him out of office. He called the players together and said he was handing over to me (sic). I gladly took over from him after serving him for 16 years only for him to come back and say he wanted to continue”, he stated.
“When he was about to be embarrassed by the players, he went to the Federal High Court to declare him president. If he was the president, why need the court to declare him one?, he quipped.
He further stated that Jalla should not be entertained as the president of NANF. He however noted that this leadership tussle would have resolved bar for the agenda of his ‘predecessor’.
In his own statement, Jalla stated that he remains the president of the union and there was no contention about that.
According to him, the former player of the defunct Bendel United Football Club of Benin stated further that never handed over to him and asked him to show where he did. He further refuted the length of his presidency, saying he was in charge for 15 years as he was always elected by the congress.
It will be noted that the National Association of Nigeria Footballers had unanimously installed ex-international Larry Kubenji as president with the hope to end the years of crisis rocking the players union’s body in 2016.