NFF Crisis: Amuneke calls for peace in Glass House

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Former Nigeria International, Emmanuel Amuneke, is surprised that the crisis within the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has persisted until now, and he calls on the parties involved to give peace a chance.

The power tussle, which began back in 2014, resurfaced few days after the Super Eagles crashed out of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Following a Supreme court ruling, a new board led by Chris Giwa has displaced the Amaju Pinnick-led board and currently occupies the NFF headquarters in Abuja.

There was hope for peace to be restored at the Glass House on Tuesday when the case reappeared in a High Court in Jos, but hopes were dashed as the case was adjourned to September 25.

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Seeing that the development does not mean well for Nigerian football, Amuneke, in a chat with Complete Sports, said: “We don’t know why this issue is still persisting.”

He added: “We have to put square pegs in square holes to move our football forward. It’s not easy going back and forth on court cases.

“This is unfair because it’s when we have little success we have this problem. I just hope we can change that and appease those aggrieved.”

According to its laws, 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.

A FIFA ban would prevent the Super Eagles from playing in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. It will also stop the Super Falcons, Falconets, other national teams and NPFL clubs from taking part in any international competitions.

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