FIFA recognises Pinnick as NFF president

Gianni Infantino

World football governing body, FIFA has declared that it recognises only Amaju Pinnick as President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, warning that it will not condone any outside interference in the affairs of the NFF as headed by Pinnick.

Newsworth recalls that earlier this month, Chris Giwa, resumed as the President of the NFF after the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the Federal Government decided to abide by the ruling of the Supreme Court, which recognised Giwa as the president of the NFF.

Dalung said this was based on a memo by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the Supreme Court ruling.

But speaking while responding to questions at a press conference in Moscow, Russia on Friday, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, said Pinnick was duly elected and in accordance with FIFA rules.

According to him, “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.”

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 current situation continued.

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