The leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation is beginning to have negative effect on the growth of the game.

Chris Giwa has since taken over the office of the NFF in Abuja.

He suddenly showed up after the Super Eagles crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Amaju Pinnick, who has been the body’s president for four years, was in Russia.

Whatever the point of the crisis is, it is rubbing off on corporate sponsors, and one of them - AITEO Group, has given a 14-day ultimatum to settle all issues or they may consider pulling out.

Bounce News had reported in April 2017 that the NFF has sealed a whooping 2.5 billion naira partnership deal with Aiteo Group for five years.

Just over one year into the partnership, AITEO may pull out following crisis rocking the NFF leadership.

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In a statement issued by the firm’s Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Ndiana Matthew, Aiteo wrote: “The persisting situation makes it difficult for us, as a law-abiding entity, to operate responsibly within the demands placed on us.

“Accordingly, we are constrained to indicate that unless these issues are resolved satisfactorily in the manner dictated by the requirements of the world governing body FIFA within fourteen (14) days hereof, we will deem ourselves compelled to reconsider our position with respect to participation in the various arrangements in which we are involved.

“AITEO lends its voice to that of many well-meaning Nigerians to call for the quick and decisive resolution of the current issues especially as future campaigns for glory in the African Nations Cup are imminent.

“Indisputably, certainty and stability with the leadership of the NFF remain pertinent to sponsors like us to continue to commit to the growth of Nigerian football in the manner that we have done,” the statement stressed.

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