Nigerian football is in confusion at the moment and it has led the League Management Company [LMC] to suspended indefinitely the Nigerian Professional Football League until the dispute is resolved.
FIFA says it recognises Amaju Pinnick as leader of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). But Chris Giwa, who heads up a rival faction inside the NFF, was recently installed as new NFF President following his argument since August 2014 that he won a vote to become top head of the federation.
Giwa has already served a FIFA ban and the Federation threatened to ban Nigeria from international competition if he didn’t step down, but Giwa is continuing his legal challenge against Pinnick to try to attain recognition as the federation leader. Pinnick’s NFF tenure is expected to expire at the end of September.
“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country, as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league,” the LMC said in a statement.
“Furthermore, organising matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the league brand.”
The Nigerian Professional Football League was due to recommence on July 18.