Pinnick threatens FIFA sanctions as Giwa takes over NFF Secretariat


New President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Chris Giwa, on Tuesday took over the secretariat of the organisation, promising to make radical changes to the administration of the sport.

This was even as his predecessor, Amaju Pinnick, threatened that football governing body, FIFA, would ban Nigeria from international soccer over the sacking of his executive by the Supreme Court.

The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports had issued a directive to Pinnick to vacate the secretariat on Tuesday based on the advice of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

This paved the way for Giwa to step in within a few minutes.

After a meeting with members of his executive, Giwa thanked the Supreme Court for restoring his mandate and promised to ensure enhanced welfare packages for all national team players and improved conditions of service for NFF employees.

Giwa also promised to restore camp allowances and bonuses to players in the youth national teams.

However, Festus Keyamo, lawyer to Pinnick, in a statement that he would ensure that FIFA takes appropriate steps on the matter.

He said: “FIFA is only bound by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports and does not entertain or tolerate decisions by local courts in footballing nations worldwide. FIFA is likely going to wade in by banning Nigeria from international football."


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