FIFA Threatens Ban on Nigeria For Replacing NFF President
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino says the world football governing body recognizes only Amaju Pinnick as president of the Nigeria Football Federation, and will not accept any outside interference in NFF’s affairs.
He made the declaration on Friday while responding to questions at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.
“The situation is very clear. Pinnick was duly elected some years ago, and FIFA is aware of all this.
“It is also clear to all within the family that there can be no interference in the running of the national federations by any party, especially those outside the football family.
“So, Pinnick is the President of NFF for FIFA, because he is the one elected,’’ he said.
The FIFA president added that Nigeria as a member-association of FIFA would then be at the risk of facing the world body’s sanctions if the situation continued as it is now.
“There are processes that need to be respected, and we will take action as necessary if the right things are not done,’’ he said.
NFF has Chris Giwa as its president currently, owing to a compliance with a court order.
Mr. Giwa had obtained a Jos court order to take over the running of affairs at the NFF in compliance with a Supreme Court order.
The apex court had directed all parties involved in the matter to return to the lower courts for another look at the case against NFF’s September 30, 2014 elections in Warri.
Mr. Giwa had insisted that his earlier election on July 24, 2014 in Abuja should stand, while Mr. Pinnick’s election in Warri took place contrary to laid-down regulations.
The drama continues so let’s hope the NFF can resolve their misunderstanding internally lest the football body suffers a ban.