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Dust Settles in Nigeria as Pinnick Elected Football Boss; Sierra Leone Gets Fifa Warning

Amaju Pinnick elected as head of Nigeria Football Federation.

The hassle over who occupies the Nigerian Football Federation presidency is over following the election of Amaju Pinnick to the hot-seat.

The 45-year-old clinched the portfolio after fending off competitions from rivals Aminu Maigari, Taiwo Ogunjobi, and Chinedu Okoye.

Pinnick, vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), secured 34 of the 44 available votes in remarkable polls that ended in just the first round.

Today’s victory makes him the first man to win a second consecutive four-year mandate at the NFF.

His first term at the helm was marred by endless battles with Chris Giwa who claims to have won the 2014 elections before his five-year ban by FIFA.

Over to Sierra Leone, FIFA has warned the West African nation that it risks incurring a two-year ban from football if the government does not stop interfering in football-related matters.

The sports ministry is being accused of helping the anti-corruption unit to seize control of the Sierra Leonean Football Association (SLFA) headquarters.

FIFA is known to frown upon third party meddling in football and asked to be furnished with details about the current situation by Monday next week.

The SLFA is being rocked by a crisis with Isha Jahansen and Kristopher Kamara both claiming to be the legitimate president of the association, though the former has FIFA’s backing.

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