Osinbajo Meets Dalung, Pinnick Over NFF Crisis
Osinbajo Meets Dalung, Pinnick Over NFF Crisis.
• Nwosu counsels Giwa on leadership tussle
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday met behind closed doors with the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung and the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick at the Presidential Villa, Abuja apparently to discuss the NFF crisis and FIFA’s threat to ban the country from international competitions.
Pinnick and a few others said to be members of his NFF executive were seen at the Council Chamber before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which held yesterday. After the Council, the Acting President and the Sports Minister met behind closed doors. Dalung, who left the Acting President’s office at 5.30 p.m., declined to speak with State House correspondents. Though the agenda of the meeting was not made public, the parley with the Acting President, it was learnt, may not be unconnected with the threat by FIFA to sanction Nigeria over the leadership crisis rocking the NFF and alleged government interference.
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Meanwhile, former Nigerian international, Henry Nwosu has pleaded with Chris Giwa to vacate the Glass House and allow the present NFF president, Pinnick to finish his tenure before making any move to take over the football house.
Speaking on the backdrop of the August 20 deadline given to Nigeria to resolve the issues or face FIFA ban, Nwosu said Giwa’s desire to lead the country’s football would only be appreciated if he followed the right part to achieve his mandate.