Self-acclaimed NFF president Chris Giwa was stopped by security operatives from parading himself as the country’s football boss at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday.
Giwa, accompanied by his henchman Victor Baribote, had boasted he will lead his “executive committee” to cheer the Eagles to victory in Calabar.
He was at the stadium quite alright, but just when he would have enjoyed some limelight by being part of the pre-match routine, he was barred by four stern-looking security operatives at the foot of the gate leading to the pitch.
“It was a sorry sight as he could only watch from distance the Cross River State Governor shake hands with the players of both teams before the kick-off,” reported a journalist, who covered the 2015 AFCON qualifier.
His only photo opportunity was with former Nigeria skipper Nwankwo Kanu, who was also at the game.
It was therefore understandable why he slipped away from the match before the final whistle by the Ghanaian referee.
FIFA have given him up till 7am Monday to vacate the NFF office in Abuja or else Nigeria will be automatically banned from international football.