Saturday, 23 April 2016

Does the dead live with the living??? Dead referee to officiate a Nigerian premier league

Dead referee to officiate a
Nigerian premier league
– The lack of proper documentation has
reared its ugly head finally in Nigerian football
– A football referee that died earlier in the
year has been named to officiate a match
this weekend
– The infighting in the Nigerian Football
Federation (NFF) is responsible for this
latest mess
In what is a rather bizarre story, a dead
referee has been named to officiate a match
in the Nigerian premier league this weekend.

Late Wale Akinsanya, who died in January
has been named as the officiating referee of
a match between Warri Wolves vs Giwa FC.
The dead referee was named by a faction of
the NFF, lead by Chris Giwa, a man who got
a favourable ruling from a Nigerian court
declaring him as the authentic president of
the NFF.
Chris Giwa
Despite the court’s declaration, FIFA has
insisted it only recognizes the faction led by
Amaju Pinnick as the authentic NFF
But Giwa is adamant and has gone ahead to
start running his own faction, even as the
minister of sports, Solomon Dalung has
issued a warning to both factions to desist
from violence as they sort their differences.
FIFA had already warned that if Pinnick isn’t
allowed to carry on as the NFF boss, Nigeria
would face global suspension from football.
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dissolves all the state FA Chairmen
Giwa was forced to give up the seat of the
president of the NFF for Nigeria to escape
the dreaded FIFA ban by the deadline of
Monday September 8, 2014.
Fourteen months after, Giwa and his group
are renewing claim to the leadership of the
NFF and citing the court order as their
Meanwhile, Festus Keyamo, the lawyer to
Amaju Pinnick, has petitioned the Inspector
General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase to
immediately arrest Chris Giwa for
threatening to take over the leadership of
the NFF.