Eagles' chance dims as Supreme Court sets to deliver judgement
Nigerians’ hope of seeing the Super Eagles soar high in Russia at the FIFA World Cup in June may be dashed if the Supreme Court sacks the FIFA-recognised Amaju Pinnick led board of the Nigeria Football Federation when it delivers its judgement on Thursday.
Chris Giwa and his board had dragged the current board of the NFF to the Supreme Court to set aside the verdict of the Appeal Court after they had won at the High Court, claiming that the mandate given to them at the Chida Hotel, Abuja by the congress of the NFF in August 2013 was sacrosanct.
They also insist that the Warri election that brought in the Amaju group was held in defiance of a High Court order while asking the Supreme Court to uphold the Chida Hotel election as the defendants cannot gain from disobedience of a court order.
But the defendants have held on to FIFA statutes to argue its case,telling the Supreme Court in their submission that football matters must not be adjudicated in the ordinary court, insisting that the plaintiffs have been banned by the global football-ruling body.
The Supreme Court will decide on Thursday whether to uphold the verdict of Justice Joseph Tur of the Appeal Court in his judgment in 2016 when he held that the discontinuation of the cases on October 30, 2014, which was affirmed by the court stands.