The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described the recent approach to the Supreme Court by Chris Giwa, the embattled factional leader of the Nigerian football house, as a huge distraction to the game in the country.
It was reported in the media that following the Appeal Court’s dismissal of his case against Amaju Pinnick, the NFF president, the proprietor of Giwa Football Club of Jos had approached the Supreme Court.
The NFF, it will be recalled, approached the Appeal Court in Jos to ask for Stay of Proceedings after the purported Jos High Court judgment on which Giwa is banking on to lay claim to the NFF leadership. The appeal was later granted and the court consequently dismissed the defendant’s case against the plaintiff.
But not done with the case, Giwa approached the same court for a Stay of Execution, of which the Appeal Court, Jos, gave September 19 as the date the motion will be heard. Once that is done, the earlier judgment in favour of Pinnick will be ineffective.
Despite that, Giwa filed a fresh appeal to the Supreme Court to revisit the case since the issue had passed through both the High Court and Appeal Court.
But speaking over the issue on Tuesday, a member of the NFF Board said that Chris Giwa is a huge distraction to Nigerian football and the development of the game in the country, asking whether to head the football house was a do-or-die affair.
The member, who carved for anonymity, said that Giwa was merely chasing shadows and wasting his resources.