Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs have threatened to pull out of this year’s Aiteo Cup if funds aren’t provided by organizers of the competition.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently announced that the oldest club knockout competition in the country will hold despite tight schedule and paucity of funds on the part of teams.
This announcement predictably sparked a heated debate as to whether it is convenient for teams to play the tournament.
In a meeting held on Monday 28th June, the Club Owners declared that they are prepared to withdraw from the competition if certain conditions aren’t met.
“The Club Owners after a critical examination of the schedule provided for the 2021 Aiteo Cup, paucity of funds and congestion in the league fixtures, unanimously resolved to withdraw participation in the Aiteo Cup except if otherwise provided with intervention funds,” the communique stated.
Defending champions Kano Pillars are yet to receive their prize money for winning the tournament in 2019.
The club owners added: “It further called on the NFF to immediately pay to Kano Pillars FC the outstanding prize money for the last Aiteo Cup.
The winner of the Aiteo Cup qualifies automatically for the next season’s CAF Confederation Cup or the runners-up if the winner had already qualified for a CAF club competition based on league’s position.