By James Agberebi:
The National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) have announced that peace has returned to the body after years of bickering.
This was made known at a media briefing held on Tuesday, at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Present at the briefing was the interim president of NANF, Larry Kubeinje, Chairman, Executive Committee, Nigerian Players Union and former Nigeria international, Clement Temile, and President General, Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo.
NANF interim President Kubeinje stated that the recent peace the body is enjoying has afforded them the opportunity to reorganize and move on to greater things.
"As you are aware there has been a series of crisis in the Nigerian players union, which led to our withdrawal from the international player's body FIPRO in order to put our house in order," Kebeinje said.
"The situation degenerated to the factionalization of the union, which led to the erstwhile Secretary General, Austin Popo, to form a splinter group.
"We wish to situate with this press conference that the Nigerian Players Union is one with the name the National Association of Nigerian Footballers. We also wish to commend the efforts of other ex-footballers who have worked tirelessly under the auspices of the "concerned group" to bring about the peace we now have and enjoy.
"With the collaboration and understanding of all members we all agreed to work under NANF, with the erstwhile President Harrison Jalla on an interim basis, to reorganize the group and hold elections within the shortest possible time."
On his part, Chairman, Executive Committee, NPU, Temile called on everyone to back Chairman, League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko.
"Today as clearly seen by all, the NPFL now basks in a new dawn all because of the ingenuity Mallam Shehu Dikko and other LMC officials," Temile said
"The visible transformation of the NPFL is an assuring signal that the Shehu Dikko led LMC is geared towards ensuring the NPFL evolves into becoming the most respected league among football playing nations."
Temile added: "Above all of that, Shehu Dikko has in this very short period proved that bringing our football league to be the most preferred in the football industry is achievable only but through honesty, transparency, selfless service."