Latest on NFF Crisis: FIFA President Infantino Speaks [VIDEO]


Latest on NFF Crisis

The President of World Football Football governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino has spoken on the present crisis rocking the apex body in charge of football in Nigeria.

The Swiss-Italian clearly affirmed the authenticity of Amaju Pinnick as the head of the Nigeria Football Federation and warned that any form implementation done against that recognition puts Nigeria on the verge of a ban.

“Amaju Pinnick is the president of the NFF and if any body thinks he can do what he likes, Nigeria stands the risk of being banned. That is very simple and clear.

“It is a very clear cut and simple case as far as we are concerned. And we have made this very clear and maybe you can help us transmit it if we didn’t come across very clear enough,” the FIFA head explained.


The long-running drama between Pinnick and Giwa over who is the boss of the NFF dates back to August 2014 when an NFF election held in Abuja.

Giwa claimed that he won the election which FIFA did not recognise. The world football governing body then nullified the elections, threatening to ban Nigeria.

Several weeks later in September, another election held in Warri, Delta State which Pinnick won, beating the likes of Taiwo OgunjobiDominic IorfaAmanze Uchegbulam and Mike Umeh.

According to, these elections in Abuja and Warri have been the bane of Nigerian football in the past four tumultuous years.

Just recently, July 2 precisely, while Amaju Pinnick was still in Russia, self-acclaimed leader of the NFF Chris Giwa on Monday, stormed the Glass House-which is what the NFF headquarters in Abuja is called-with some security agents to assume office as the substantive president of the NFF.

Giwa did this on the backing of the Federal Government through Sports Minister Solomon Dalung who directed the NFF to comply with a Supreme Court judgement that overturned the election of NFF president Pinnick.

Despite the crisis at the Glass House, Amaju Pinnick recently got appointed as CAF’s first Vice President.

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