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Kano Pillars Studying Veracity of NFF Ruling Ordering Them to Pay Goalkeeper Akpan Over N11.5M

June, 24 2023.

The management of Kano Pillars are presently studying the verdict of the Nigeria Football Federation, whose players’ status and Arbitration committee ordered that the four-time Nigerian Premier League champions to pay their former goalkeeper, Bassey Akpan the sum of eleven million, eight hundred thousand Naira only.

Media officer of the Sai Masugida Idris Malikawa while confirming receipt of the ruling, said the club is studying it, bearing in mind that they have a window of only ten (10) days to in writing notify the NFF, through its General Secretariat, of their decision to appeal the ruling; otherwise, the unprecedented decision becomes "binding and final”.

The Arbitration Committee had in a letter seen by and signed by its secretary, Joshua Onoja directed Kano Pillars to remit the money, being what was referred to outstanding wages, owed goalkeeper Bassey Akpan within 21 days.

The Committee also noted that Kano Pillars violated Article 14 and Article 17 of the FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of Players (RSTP) as enacted in 2019.

The added that the amount in question represents what Pillars owed Bassey Akpan for the month of November 2021 and 13 Months Salaries of the unexpired term of contracts and the Purchase of Paper Fee agreed by the parties as provided in the contract, which was breached.

The committee warned that failure of Kano Pillars to comply with this award, will compel the NFF Players' Status/Arbitration Committee to impose further sanctions on the club; and in line with Article. 70 of the NFF Statutes 2010, an appeal against the decision shall be at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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