The hope of Nigerians seeing the Super Eagles feature with quite very high expectations in Russia at the World Cup in June may be dashed if the Supreme Court sacks the FIFA-recognised Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The court will deliver its judgement on the Pinnick-led board versus Chris Giwa group on Thursday.
Giwa and his board had dragged the current board of the NFF to the Supreme Court to set aside the verdict of the Appeal Court after they had won at the High Court, claiming that the mandate given to them at the Chida Hotel, Abuja by the congress of the NFF in August 2013 was sacrosanct.
They also insist that the Warri election that brought in the Pinnick group was held in defiance of a High Court order while asking the Supreme Court to uphold the Chida Hotel election as the defendants cannot gain from disobedience of a court order.
But the defendants have held on to FIFA statutes to argue its case, telling the Court in their submission that purely football matters must not be adjudicated in the ordinary court, insisting that the plaintiffs have been banned by the global football-ruling body.
The Supreme Court will decide on Thursday whether to uphold the verdict of Justice Joseph Tur of the Appeal Court in his judgment in 2016 when he held that the discontinuation of the cases on October 30, 2014, which was affirmed by the court stands.
Football observers are worried that FIFA which threatened Nigeria with a ban when the case first came up and which led to its withdrawal by the applicants may wield the big stick gain with Nigeria’s participation at the World Cup in Russia its immediate and biggest casualty.