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PFA charges United, Giwa fans to behave

07 June 2013, 14:00

Jos - Plateau Football Association (PFA) on Friday said it would deal decisively with any fan who tried to cause trouble on Saturday during a local derby match between Plateau United and Giwa FC, both of Jos.    

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Plateau Utd would host Giwa FC at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos, in Group A of week 24 fixture of the Nigeria National League (NNL).

Giwa FC and Plateau United are currently occupying the first and second positions, respectively, on the group’s log.

Sunday Langbap, the PFA Chairman, while charging the fans of each team to be of good conduct, told NAN that the association would not condone any unruly behaviour from fans of the two clubs.

"We charge the fans to be disciplined and calm during the match to avoid anything that would breach the fragile peace in the state.

"We have taken steps to deal decisively with any fan or fans that would want to cause trouble during or after the match," he said.

"The chairman assured that adequate security would be put in place to ensure the safety of fans, players and match officials during the encounter," Langbap said.

He added that the PFA had held meetings with relevant stakeholders to devise ways of ensuring that a perfect atmosphere for football prevailed during the derby and other matches at the stadium.

"We have arranged with all the security agencies in the state to deploy enough securitymen to the stadium to avoid any unwarranted situation," he added.

Mathew Yemi, the Media Officer of Giwa FC, in the same vein, also appealed to the supporters of both clubs to consider themselves as partners in progress.

Yemi said that the premiership tickets would not elude any of the two clubs, if the fans exhibit maturity in supporting their clubs.

"Anybody who sees the encounter as a do-or-die affair is an enemy of unity and peaceful coexistence on the Plateau. After all sports, especially football, is a unifying factor," he said.

NAN reports that two teams in the group would be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League at the end of the 2012/2013 season.



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