Pinnick back for second term at NFF

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick was on Thursday re-elected for a second-term in office, despite legal and political doubts surrounding the vote.

Unconfirmed reports said that Chris Giwa, who has been embroiled in a power struggle with Pinnick, had secured a court order to stop the elections.

Sports Minister Solomon Dalung had cautioned against the vote taking place, citing an earlier Supreme Court judgment which replaced Pinnick with Giwa as NFF president.

The long-running dispute, stemming from Pinnick's victory over Giwa in 2014, led to world football's governing body suspending Nigeria in July.

In Thursday's vote, in the northern town of Katsina, the 43-year-old Pinnick, who is also the first Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), gained 34 votes to beat former NFF president Aminu Maigari, who received eight votes.

Former NFF general secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi polled two votes, while there were no votes for amateur club owner Chinedu Okoye.

The majority of the previous executive committee was returned on the promise of continuity.

Nigeria put itself on a collision course with Fifa in July when the government's sports ministry directed the NFF to comply with the court order to overturn Pinnick's 2014 election victory and recognise Giwa as its head.

In August, Fifa reversed the ban after the government said Pinnick and his executive committee were recognised as the leadership of football in Nigeria.

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