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FIFA ban: FG recognises Pinnick as NFF President

The Federal Government has announced its recognition of the Amaju Pinnickled executive as the authentic leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation.

In a tweet on Monday, minutes before the 12 pm deadline given by FIFA for the resolution of the leadership tussle in the Nigerian football governing body, Mr Laolu Akande, Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the government had already informed FIFA of the decision.

The leadership tussle in the NFF had taken a major twist on July 2 when Mr Chris Giwa took control of the NFF secretariat after the Sports Minister, Mr Solomon Dalung, directed the football federation to comply with a Supreme Court ruling of April 27, 2018.

In the ruling, the Supreme Court had restored the orders of the Federal High Court setting aside the election won by Pinnick. Both Giwa and Pinnick have been engaged in a legal battle for the leadership of the NFF since 2014.

Giwa was declared the winner of an election which was held in Abuja on August 26 of that year, while Pinnick won a second poll that was conducted in Warri on September 30, 2014.

After Giwa took over control of the NFF Secretariat, world football governing body FIFA, faulted the move and announced on July 13 that it recognised Pinnick as the NFF president.

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