Nigeria has escaped the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) ban on Monday before the deadline given by the world football governing body. Thanks to the timely intervention of the Federal Government.
Newsmen gathered that the Federal Government has informed FIFA that it officially recognizes Amaju Pinnick, as the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
This was confirmed by Laolu Akande, the media aide to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, via his Twitter handle on Monday morning.
“The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current and only NFF Executive Committee.
“Government 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,” he wrote.
This comes 12 hours before the deadline FIFA gave the NFF to sort out its leadership crisis or face a ban.
Additionally, the government assured FIFA that football in the country was being run — and will continue to be run — in full compliance with FIFA Statutes.
FIFA early on Monday replied thus: “Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of August 13, 2018 concerning the NFF, FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Pinnick and General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.
“In view of these circumstances, FIFA deems that the conditions set by the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council have now been met and consequently the suspension of the NFF will not take effect.
“FIFA will continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that FIFA’s rules and regulations are fully adhered to”.
Nigeria is due to play a qualifier for the 2019 Nations Cup in the Seychelles on September 8.