NFF: Plateau FA backs Pinnick, disown Giwa


Pius Ayinor

The Plateau State Football Association has declared full support for the Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick and his Executive Council while rejecting the Chris Giwa group in the battle for the control of Federation, reports

The position of the FA was made public on Friday, July 20 after an Extra-ordinary meeting of the association held in Jos on the same day. The Plateau State capital is also the home of Chris Giwa.

The Communiqué issued at the end of the Friday meeting and signed by the Plateau FA Chairman, Sunday Samson Longbap and Secretary, Sunday Adi Etsi, stated that the association stands by FIFA’s position recognising the Pinnick-led Executive as the authentic body in charge of the NFF.

The Communiqué reads, “The Plateau State Football Association as an elected body wishes to state in clear terms that it has resolved to adopt the position of FIFA President Gianni Infantino that FIFA only recognizes the Amaju Pinnick led administration.

“That the Plateau Football Association and its stakeholders hereby dissociate itself from a recent visit by a group from Plateau State to Ambassador Chris Giwa in Abuja under the guise of Plateau State Football Stakeholders.”

The statement then added, “That the Plateau State Football Association and its stakeholders hereby express total support and loyalty to the Amaju Pinnick led NFF leadership and called on all genuine football Stakeholders in Nigeria to find a quick and lasting solution to the impasse.”

The association was angered by a group of persons claiming to represent Plateau State Football Stakeholders who recently paid a courtesy visit to Giwa in Abuja.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino told a world press conference on the eve of the World Cup final game in Russia that Nigeria would be banned from international football if the Giwa group with a tacit support of the sports minister Solomon Dalung continues to block Pinnick from performing his duty as the NFF president. Chris Giwa who is claiming his right to power via an unapproved election of August 26, 2014 is serving a five-year ban from FIFA.

Giwa group has several times dragged NFF leadership to regular courts. The penchant to ignore the FIFA statutes and go to the civil court earned Giwa the ban and he subsequently lost his appeal against the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.