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NFF appeals federal court’s decision to sack president
The elections, which took place in September of 2014, brought Pinnick to the presidency of the NFF, but Ambassador Chris Giwa claimed the elections were fraudulent in October 2014, before the Court of Arbitration for Sports dismissed the case later that year.
A federal high court announced on Friday its decision to reopen Giwa’s case and invalidate the 2014 elections, therefore forcing Pinnick to leave office until the final hearing.
The NFF Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi publicly commented on the NFF’s decision and is assured the Nigerians not to worry about Nigerian football.
“We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril. I can assure football –loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever. There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” he claimed.
This comes after Nigeria’s failure to qualify to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, for the second time under Pinnick’s presidency, after failing to defeat Egypt late last month.
The final hearing is scheduled for the 30th of May of this year, with Giwa being named as interim president of the NFF.