NANF chief and former international, Awala Jumbo, has petitioned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ethics Committee over allegations against NFF executive board member Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh.
Fresh, who is the chairman of the NFF Referees Appointment Committee, was accused of using his position for bribery as well as gross manipulation of referees appointment in favour of league champions during the 2017/18 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
Jumbo, who is the head of the technical department of the NANF and the chairman of NANF monitoring committee of the NPFL matches, further accused Fresh of taking huge gratification by appointing referees that influenced majority of Plateau United’s league matches in favour of the Jos-based team.
In his petition, Awala Jumbo also mentioned the game between Sunshine Stars and Akwa United in Ijebu Ode adding that the NFF referees appointment committee under the chairmanship of Fresh appointed all the match officials from the exco member’s home state (Niger State) and that he was physically present at the match venue to ensure Akwa United finished the game on the losing side.
Jumbo also mentioned another game, the clash between Kano Pillars and Plateau United FC. He stated in the petition as follows: “For those of us who were physically present at the match venue, it was nothing but a day light robbery particularly when the center referee did the impossible to ensure the game ended in a 1-1 draw.”
He categorically stated (in a video footage evidence) that a reception was held in Fresh’s honour by the Plateau United management as reward for aiding their league triumph against all odds. He thereafter disclosed that the NANF will take the vital evidence to the relevant anti-graft agencies in the event that necessary action is not taken against the petition.
“We shall also proceed with vital information concerning the criminal aspect of this matter that is outside the jurisdiction of football with a formal complaint to the relevant anti-graft agencies for a thorough investigation on alleged several gratifications received by Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh to compromise and manipulate the 2017/18 NPFL season,” he concluded.
The NFF Ethics Committee is however yet to respond to the allegations contained in the petition dated August 17, 2017.