Chris Giwa’s NFF incurs legal debt, refuses to pay

Chris Giwa's faction banned by NFF

Chris Giwa’s faction banned by NFF

The Amaju Pinnick-led faction of the Nigeria Football Federation has accused the Chris Giwa-led faction of incurring $100,000 legal debt in South Africa and refusing to pay.

In a communique signed by the Assistant Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, the Pinnick-led NFF Organising and Disciplinary Committee revealed that Giwa’s board illegally represented the NFF in South Africa and contracted a lawyer who charged them $100, 000 but they refused to pay.

The communique stated that after reviewing the situation, the NFF has decided to ban members of the Giwa board from football-related activities for five years each.

“Christopher Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong are found guilty of Illegally representing the NFF in breach of Article 40 of the NFF Statutes.

“This occurred when they, without due authorisation and mandate, purported to contract a law firm, Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates of Illovo Law Chambers, 4 Fricker Road, Ground Floor, South Africa in the name of NFF.

“They, however, refused to pay for services whereby the said Messrs Leslie Cohen & Associates commenced proceedings against the NFF for the sum of 100, 000 dollars being legal fees for professional services.

“The services were rendered in the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, ” the communique read.

It also said that the individuals were banned from football for taking football matters to a regular court in breach of Article 69(1) of the NFF Statute and failing to submit to the jurisdiction of FIFA.

“There is insufficient particulars and evidence submitted to establish the charge of threats, unguarded, uncouth and uncivilised statements in the media against the NFF by the Giwa group.

“Giwa is guilty of breach of the general rules of conduct as contained in Article 13 of the FIFA Code …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper