Nigeria News – Brawl In The Glass House
Nigeria News takes a look at the politics going on in the Nigeria Football Federation, aftermath the exit of Super Eagles from the world cup.
They must have been praying that the Super Eagles drop in the preliminaries of the ongoing World Cup so that they could quickly relaunch their attack to unseat the current Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick.
The Chris Green faction of the NFF never relent. Green had fought, using the court in Nigeria to lay claim to the NFF chairmanship position. He kicked against the election of Pinnick, went beyond the shore of Nigeria to Switzerland at the Court of Arbitration for Sports but failed.
The Football governing body, FIFA will only recognize Pinnick as the duly elected NFF Chairman. Of course, the Court of Arbitration for Sports gave the verdict in favour of Pinnick and it has stood for years before the Supreme Court in Nigeria nullified Pinnick’s election.
On Monday, the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Solomon Dalung ordered the sack of Pinnick, following the Supreme Court verdict.
Pinnick, however, rejected the order with a reaction from his lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN) that only the Court of Arbitration for Sports had the legality to remove Pinnick.
Keyamo described Daling’s order as null and void, asking him to seek redress in the Court of Arbitration for Sports, which is the only recognized body recognized by FIFA to settle the case.
The senior lawyer noted that his client, Pinnick remains the NNF chairman, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sports verdict.
On Tuesday, Giwa arrived at the NFF secretariat, “Glass House” in Abuja, following the verdict of the Supreme Court but met stiff opposition from Pinnick. Two heads inside the glass house. The glass may break, including heads.
With the discouraging performance of the Super Eagles at the world cup, in which the team lost two of its three matches and won one, it is expected that the NFF presents the report of the dismal performance and highlights the positives that the country could build on for the growth of our football.
Instead, the team and their officials were welcome back home with the threat to sack Pinnick. Under Pinnick, the Super Eagles had fared better compared to the previous management.
True, the team did not go beyond the first round at the world cup, this is the first time the players and their coaching crew are not owned by the federation. The NFF paid all the players’ bonuses and enjoyed a lot of sponsorship, even though these did not translate to better performance.
Changing the leadership of NFF at this stage that the country needs to prepare for the remaining qualifying matches for the 2019 African Cup of Nations may not do us any good.
It means that Giwa will have to come up with his own idea, perhaps change the coach, Gernot Rohr for his failure to take the team to the second round of the world cup.
The brawl in the glass house may make Rohr who had signified his intention to continue with eagles to change his heart. He has been listed by the Algeria Football Federation as the possible replacement for Rabah Madjer.