JUST IN: Football Federation of Nigeria election gets September 30 date, like Pinnick, others secure term extension

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By Victor Kanayo

After rejecting a longer period before the 2022 elections meant to usher in a new set of executive members of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), the ongoing 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM), comprising various football stakeholders, has scheduled for September 30 as official election day.

This is after the entire Congress currently in Lagos ratified a 10-day term extension for the current NFF Board of Directors led by its incumbent Chairman, Amaju Pinnick. Heritage time HT reports.

Ahead of the Thursday August 18 convention, which was due to take place before the end of last year, the outgoing NFF board saw moves to extend its term until 2023.

But Congress, made up mostly of the presidents of the 37 states and the Federal Capital Territory with a few other statutory members, halted the move and gave the NFF until the end of next month to hold elections.

Ahead of presidential elections – involving the offices of president and vice president, as per the statutes, the existing geo-political zones of Nigeria are expected to produce representatives on the board, later followed by heads of various football leagues.

A few days ago, while appearing on a television program, Pinnick, a CAF executive member and executive of the FIFA Council, hinted that he would seek a third term after having assured that he was ready to support whoever emerges as the new NFF president.

At last count, no fewer than 10 people have reported an interest in succeeding him.

Most of them who have yet to make their intentions public are mostly people who have held one position or another within the Nigerian football circle with few of them being former internationals.

Heritage time HT reports that NFF elections which are held every four years in accordance with acceptable global standards are generally characterized by uncertainty in many quarters.

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