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Published On: Fri, Oct 31st, 2014

We’ll escape FIFA ban, Pinnick assures Nigerians

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By Lawrence Olaoye

Embattled President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has assured Nigerians that the hammer currently dangling on the country will not fall assuring that the football house will employ diplomacy to resolve the impasse.

Fielding questions from State House correspondent at the end of the reception of Super Falcons at the Presidential Villa yesterday, Pinnick said his board have made passionate appeals to Chris Giwa to withdraw the case from court, expressing optimism that something positive will happen.

He said, “The country is very passionate about football development. So we will do our best in making sure that we do the right thing. We’ll do our best, taking all interests into cognizance to ensure that this does not repeat itself. “It is not every four years we should keep having crisis in the NFF. We’ll perfect the legislations, the NFF Act which also says that we shouldn’t go to court; we should go to CAS if you have cases, and so on and so forth. Those are the things we are setting out to achieve. “Normally, you are not supposed to go to ordinary court for football matters but you can go if you wish because the Nigerian law is supreme. There is no way you will relegate the Nigerian law. But because we have signed on to FIFA, you are meant to respect FIFA legislations. If we had not signed on to FIFA, we would say go to hell, but we have signed on to FIFA and CAF. It’s like an association you have signed on to and therefore you need to respect its laws, but not at the detriment of your own law which of course is supreme and that is why you exist.


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