BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
The Amaju Pinnick led executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has resolved to lift the ban on Chris Giwa who has been at loggerhead with the body in the past four years.
According to sources at the ongoing Extra Ordinary Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the proposal of the committee is awaiting approval by the congress which is holding this Thursday in Benin City in mid-western Nigeria.
The lifting of the ban on Giwa, a source had informed www.sportsvillagesquare.com, was imperative to unlock the present jam that the country’s football administration is currently in.
The NFF has two parallel governing bodies –both of which apparently have mandates that will be expiring at the end of next month.
If Giwa’s mandate is upheld, it should technically expire on August 26, the fourth anniversary of the Abuja Chida Hotel Congress that gave him the mandate.
Pinnick’s mandate which was obtained on home ground in Warri is also expiring on September 30. But with FIFA and CAF recognizing Pinnick’s board while the Jos Federal High Court gives similar recognition to Chris Giwa, two conflicting legal forces are at play.
If Nigerian Government insists on Giwa, he can only operate within the country while all Nigerian teams will be excluded from international competitions and integrations. Besides, Chris Giwa has a worldwide ban already imposed on him making him ineligible to perform any football-related activity.
That ban can only be lifted by an Amaju Pinnick-led administration. According to information gathered from the on-going congress in Benin City, the executive board is proposing to lift the ban and transmit the information to FIFA for a review of the worldwide decision it had earlier taken.
If the proposal gets the nod of the Congress, www.sportsvillagesquare.com gathers that it will be followed up with readmission of FC Giwa into the Nigeria National League.
The board also wants all cases currently in court to be withdrawn while sale of forms for the proposed September 30 elective congress in Katsina will be extended.
Apparently, this is to pave way of Chris Giwa to be eligible for the election.