The congress of the Nigeria Football Federation has initiated a peace and reconciliation approach to solve the crisis that has engulfed football administration in the country.
The congress, on Thursday after its extra-ordinary general assembly in Benin City, Edo state, resolved among others, that the federation should lift the ban on stakeholders currently under sanction. But it noted that the “process will begin after those banned by CAF and FIFA must have withdrawn all court cases against the NFF”.
The Congress empowered the NFF to “henceforth expel members who take football matters to open court”.
It also said that Giwa FC, expelled from the NPFL in 2016 and owned by Chris Giwa, a factional president of the NFF, will compete in the Nigeria National League, NNL, this season as part of reconciliation.
The Congress further stated that the NFF will provide financial support to Giwa FC, as well as reschedule all matches involving the team, in order to accommodate them in the league.
The NFF general assembly also postponed the federation’s 2018 Elective Congress election scheduled to hold on September 25. According to the assembly, the date coincides with CAF’s elective congress, saying a new date will be communicated to all stakeholders.
It apologized to “all football stakeholders, family members and sponsors for the undue crisis in Nigerian football”.
It mandated all candidates vying for positions in the forthcoming federation’s election “to work with the NFF Statutes.”
The Congress passed a vote of confidence on the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board and the executive committee.