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NFF Saga: Pinnick, Giwa nearly fought at peace meeting with sports minister

Pinnick, Giwa in near fisticuffs

As peace talk collapse
The Minister of Youth and Sports , Solomon Dalung, initiated peace talk between the two factions claiming leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) failed to yield any result yesterday as all the parties refused to shift ground and let peace return to the football family.

The minister had invited the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick and his team to interface with the Chris Giwa-led group in his efforts to settle the NFF leadership tussle which has lingered for more than a year.

But The AUTHORITY gathered that the peace meeting took a dramatic turn as both Pinnick and Giwa were said to have come close to exchanging fisticuffs at the meeting, but for the intervention of the minister, who warned them to maintain their peace and respect his presence.

Pinnick and Giwa have been locked in a battle for the soul of the NFF since the election in Warri, Delta State on September 30, 2014 where the board was elected.

While Giwa has continued to lay claim to being the legitimately elected president in the controversial Abuja August 26 election in 2014, Pinnick and his team has been in charge of affairs at the NFF secretariat as well as in the administration of football in the country, as the authentic board duly recognised by world football governing body, FIFA.