The new president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured better welfare packages for national team players and improved conditions of work for staff of the football house, following restoration of his mandate by Supreme Court verdict.
Giwa made the promises after taking over the NFF secretariat on Monday, minutes after a press release from the ministry of sports directed the incumbent board led by Melvin Amaju Pinnick to vacate office, based on the apex court’s ruling last month.
Under the new tenure, Giwa also promised a reinstatement of camp allowances and bonuses to players in the youth national teams and assured staff of the football ruling body that he will run an open door policy, different from what they faced under his predecessors.
He stated as much after a short meeting with members of his executive committee, as the Jos-based football club proprietor resumed as NFF president on Monday.
Meanwhile, deposed president of the NFF, Melvin Amaju Pinnick is not giving up the seat without a fight, as he insisted that he remains in charge of the soccer governing body.
In spite of a directive from the office of the Anthony General of the Federation (AGF) ordering him to obey the Supreme Court ruling by quitting office alongside members of the executive committee, Pinnick insists such orders are not binding on FIFA.
He warned that Nigeria faces a possible ban by FIFA, since the NFF is an affiliate of the global body and should comply with its rules and regulations, among which is a proviso that football matters should not be taken to regular courts of law.
In a statement released on his behalf by Festus Keyamo, his counsel, Pinnick maintained: “FIFA is only bound by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports and does not entertain or tolerate decisions by local courts in footballing nations worldwide. FIFA is likely going to wade in by banning Nigeria from international football.
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