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Controversial NFF President, Giwa Throws In Towel As Maigari Sets To Conduct Fresh Election


Ayo Balogun

The wranglings in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) finally appear abated as the controversial and recently elected President, Chris Giwa has stepped aside.

Giwa’s latest decision was in line with the world football governing body – FIFA’s last week letter, which gave Nigeria till Monday, September 8, for him to vacate from office so as to allow proper election hold or earn the country another ban from the FIFA organized international Football matches.

FIFA has clarified it did not recognize election on Tuesday  26 August in which Giwa emerged the glass house head, but rather reckons with  Musa Ahmadu as the NFF General secretary who resumed office today (Monday).

The implication of the latest development is that Aminu Maigari – led NFF board as at Monday, August 25, 2014 stands and has the right to organize a fresh election to constitute another EXCO as soon as possible.

The confusion in NFF also informed the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last week’s threat to suspend Nigeria from participating in the ongoing 2015 AFCON qualifying campaign, if failed to play the fixture.

It would be recalled Maigari was arrested on return from last world cup held in Brazil in April this year, released but later sacked by the NFF executive board on alleged financial misconduct.

The action did not go down well with FIFA, therefore banned Nigeria from its matches. Maigari was later reinstated but resumed and battled with supremacy claim with his former VP, Mike Umeh and election of new executive members.


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