NFF CRISIS: Pinnick, Chris Giwa Battle Over Who Receives FIFA President

Chris Giwa, the factional President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said on Thursday that he would receive the FIFA President Gianni Infantino if he eventually arrive in Nigeria on July 23.

Giwa spoke in Abuja at the inauguration of board members of the various Nigerian leagues.

He said that his decision was predicated on the rule of law which FIFA had sworn to adhere to.

“The issue of who invites or who did not invite the FIFA president does not arise.

All we are waiting for is to receive him if he is coming into our country; we are people that abide by the rule of law and constitution.

I am sure that the FIFA president also believes in the constitution of his own country and the constitution of FIFA too.

So, once he comes in, the man known by the laws of the land should be the one to receive him,” Giwa said.

Pinnick right with oliseh
Pinnick left with oliseh

The factional NFF president noted that his adherence to the rule of law necessitated the inauguration of the Nigerian leagues’ board members.

He noted that the visit of the FIFA boss to the country would boost the image of Nigerian football.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that 25 people were inaugurated for the country’s four major leagues.

The leagues are the Nigeria Football League Limited (NFLL), to be chaired by Sam-Sam Jaja, a former chairman of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), with Kasali Obanoyen as Acting Executive Secretary.

Others are the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), to be chaired by Debo Adeoye, while the Nigeria National League (NNL), will be chaired by Abdulazeez Mohammed.

The Nationwide League One (NLO) will be chaired by Alhaji Isa Umar.

There has been crisis between Giwa and Amaju Pinnick since 2014, over the leadership of the NFF.

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