Court-appointed Nigerian leader assigns deceased referee to match

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With all due respect, it’s hard to officiate a match from the grave.

A Nigerian court, perhaps understandably, wants to remove the nation’s football federation president from his FIFA-approved post, but soccer’s governing body has to laugh at results like this.

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Chris Giwa wants to take the place of Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick, and a court has ruled that Giwa should be allowed to take over.

So Giwa has started to make decisions despite the fact that Pinnick is still recognized by FIFA. One of his first, appointing officials for this weekend’s matches, isn’t going too well.

Especially when you consider that Giwa himself is the chairman of one of the teams… and that team bears his name.

From the BBC:

However, among those selected is Wale Akinsanya, who died in January.

Giwa’s NFF rival group sent notice of its actions to the chief operation officer of the league management company on Wednesday.

It has raised the possibility that two sets of match officials – those appointed by Giwa’s group and those appointed by the NFF – could turn up for the fixtures.

Well at least there will be plenty of backup for the deceased Akinsanya. Wow.