Nigeria’s most protracted football crisis which seemed may be ending with the decision of the nation’s Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Monday got a further postponement as a result of the appeal brought before it by the Amaju Pinnick-led board over the leadership tussle at the Nigeria Football Federation.
The matter which got a 9th May, 2017 date was a result of the Pinnick team’s inability to file a defence of their case before the apex court. Pinnick’s lawyers were fined the sum of N200,000 while they have three working days within which to file their defence appropriately.
“Pinnick’s lawyers exploited a technical rule in buying more time for their clients by not responding to the legal issues. Having successfully gotten through this, they may have arrived at the cul-de-sac. How much more time can they get now? They must respond to the issues at hand whether they like it or not and judgement must be delivered in the next adjourned date,” said a pro-Giwa FA Chairman who was at the court.
Asked about the matter involving the expulsion of Giwa FC from the Nigerian Premier League, “the matter is not dead. One leg of it is at the Appeal Court while the leg at the lower court is that two LMC who are convicts still need to serve out their terms.
It will be recalled that Ambassador Chris Giwa-led Board of the faction of the NFF has been locked in a grim tussle for the NFF leadership since 2014.