Sports FG escapes FIFA ban, recognizes Pinnick as authentic NFF President
The Nigerian Federal Government has announced its recognition of the Amaju Pinnick-led executive as the legitimate leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, thereby escaping the wrath of FIFA.
In a tweet on Monday, minutes before the 12pm deadline given by FIFA for the resolution of the leadership tussle in the Nigerian football governing body, Mr Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Office of the Vice President, said the government had already informed FIFA of the decision.
As a member nation of the global football governing body, the Federal Government said Nigeria will abide by the laws and statue of FIFA.
“The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current & only NFF Exco. Govt will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in a timely manner. FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA,” Akande wrote on Twitter.
Following this last-minute intervention by the federal government, FIFA has now confirmed that Nigeria will no longer be banned.
This was disclosed on Monday afternoon by the former media officer of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh, via his verified Twitter page.
”FIFA confirm that Nigeria escaped ban after Federal Government recognised and affirmed @PinnickAmaju as legitimate and sole president of @thenff,” Udoh wrote.