The resumption of Nigeria’s domestic league has been postponed
indefinitely amid a leadership crisis currently rocking the country’s
Chris Giwa, founder of a rival faction in the Nigerian Football
Federation (NFF), armed with a court ruling from 2014, is now
claiming to control the governing body. His assertion comes despite
serving a ban imposed by football’s world governing body FIFA, who
recognise Amaju Pinnick as NFF president.
Domestic football was due to resume on July 18th after taking a
break while the World Cup took place. However the League
Management Company (LMC) has postponed the resumption of
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely.
“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the
administration of football in the country as a result of which
sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong
concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league,” the
LMC said in a statement.
Officials have announced that “organizing matches of the NPFL
under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to
the League brand”. The current saga, which has led to Fifa president
Gianni Infantino warning Nigeria to respect the Fifa recognised board
or face suspension, is a story four years in the making.
Giwa has insisted since August 2014 that he was elected NFF
president in a disputed vote that was not recognised by FIFA
threatening to ban the country from international competition if Giwa
did not step down, and at the end of September the NFF elected
Amaju Pinnick as its new president.
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