Nigeria Risk FIFA Wrath Over NFF Leadership Tussle
The Nigeria government on Monday ordered the country’s football association to comply with Supreme Court judgment that overturned the election of NFF president Amaju Pinnick, a move that may open up a new conflict with FIFA.
The court also recognized Chris Giwa as the new head of the NFF.”This is a court order,” Sports Minister Solomon Dalung’s spokesman Nneka Anibeze said in a statement.
Giwa arrived at NFF headquarters in the capital Abuja about 1:00 pm with a number of armed policemen in a clear attempt to enforce the court order.
The long-running clash over who is in charge of the NFF dates back to 2014 when Giwa first claimed to have won election to the top job.
FIFA has in the past warned Nigeria that if implemented, court rulings would likely be considered to be an interference in the NFF’s internal affairs, which could draw sanctions.
NFF lawyer Festus Keyamo has published a letter dated June 5 and allegedly from FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura which stated it recognized Pinnick and his executive committee.
It, in addition, reaffirmed a FIFA ban on Giwa, which the Nigerian court called “Unconstitutional, null and void”.