The Nigerian football league which was scheduled to resume on July 18th after taking a break while the World Cup took place, has been postponed indefinitely amid a leadership crisis currently rocking the country’s football.
Despite serving a ban imposed by football’s world governing body FIFA, who recognize Amaju Pinnick as NFF president, Chris Giwa, founder of a rival faction in the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), armed with a court ruling from 2014, is now claiming to control the governing body.
Following the leadership tussle, the League Management Company (LMC) announced that it has postponed the resumption of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely.
Officials of the Nigerian Football League stated that “organizing matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand”
“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league,” the LMC said in a statement.
Giwa has consistently put up a legal challenge against Amaju Pinnick, whose NFF board’s tenure will expire at the end of September. He has insisted since August 2014, that he was elected NFF President in a disputed vote that was not recognized by FIFA.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has also issued a warning to Nigeria, to respect the FIFA recognized board or face suspension over the current power tussle. The world Football governing body,threatened to ban the country from international competition if Giwa did not step down till Amaju Pinnick serves out his tenure by September.
Recall also that Chris Giwa stormed the Secretariat of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) few weeks ago, with some security agents to assume office as substantive Chairman of the federation. Giwa also spoke with journalists on his assumption of office, in line with the ruling of the Supreme Court on June 5 at the board room.
He said that the court had nullified the parallel election held in Warri by the former chairman, Amaju Pinnick and upheld him as the chairman.