Chairman of Anambra State Football Association, Chikelue Iloenyosi, is threatening to write a letter of protest to FIFA and CAF if the Abia State government does not merge Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs, Enyimba and Abia Warriors, the two state owned football clubs.
Both Enyimba Football Club of Aba and Abia Warriors of Umuahia are two professional football sides from the State, currently competing in the NPFL.
Speaking with Sports Journalists in Abuja, Iloenyosi, a former Nigerian International, said under the law of FIFA and CAF, no state or individual should own more than one club competing in the same domestic League.
Abia Warriors football club was founded in 2003 by the Local Government of Umuahia to provide a platform for young talented footballers in the State. The club also receives sponsorship from the State Government.
Enyimba Football Club was founded as a State-Owned club in November 1976 in the newly created Imo State. But in August 1991 after Imo State was divided and Abia State was created from the part which included the city of Aba, Enyimba’s hometown, the new State Government took over as owners of the club.