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FIFA Backs Down On Plan To Suspend Nigeria As Pinnick-Led NFF Resumes Duties

FIFA Backs Down On Plan To Suspend Nigeria As Pinnick-Led NFF Resumes Duties

By Adeboye Amosu:

Nigeria have escaped indefinite ban from international football by FIFA after the duly elected executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation led Amaju Pinnick were allowed back into office on Monday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

FIFA had threatened to bar the West African country from all her activities after the Pinnick-led executive board were prevented from running the affairs of the NFF.

The leadership crisis started in 2014 when two separate NFF elections were staged with Pinnick and Chris Giwa emerging presidents from the respective two exercises.


Relying on court orders and alleged support from Nigeria’s sports minister, Solomon Dalung, Giwa and his cohorts took over the NFF offices despite strong warnings from FIFA.

FIFA threatened to suspend Nigeria from all international competitions if Pinnick and general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi were not given back the effective control of he NFF and its offices by 12 noon, Monday, August 20.

But in a swift move, the federal government sent a letter to FIFA early on Monday intimating the world football govering body of their support for Pinnick-led board.

“Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of 13 August 2018 concerning the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices,” reads a statement released by FIFA on Monday afternoon.

“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.”

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  • Raphael 4 years ago

    Nice one. The only slim cord of unity uniting us in this country is football, if taken away from us, I don’t know what would have been the fate of our teeming footballers and fans alike!! Me think much harm has been done to our collective sports by this money mongers in government cum adminislooters. They don’t care what happens, as long they have access to the cookies, oh god bless the queen. I think dalung has over stayed his welcome as a sports minister because he doesn’t know jack about sports let alone Football. The beret wearing boys scout minister who is “Ego Centric” should leave sports for professionals and face his job as a Night hunter.

    • Fasasi Kunle 4 years ago

      Good comment, if not FIFA giwa and his collaborators would have used court to cheat pinnick. Thanks to God Almighty Allah. God bless Nigeria!!

    • Mykel 4 years ago

      Thank u my bros,no mind the shaku shaku solo dalung,all the sense wey he supposed to get n used,he don use red beret cover it.

  • Chairmanfemi 4 years ago

    Am so glad about this news. No more FIFA ban. Now we can concentrate on our AFCON Qualifiers and some other footballing events in the Country. Mr ‘RED BERET’ should please be SACKED by the FG so as to make my joy on this matter 100%. And i noticed we haven’t heard anything from him yet…lol. Wicked football administrators. He(Dalung) and his cohort GIWA wants Nigeria to be banned but were put to shame by the FG

  • Mykel 4 years ago

    Thanks to God n the office of vice President of Nigeria from saving Nigeria football from this shame, that our think less n disorderly minister of sport(mr solo dalung) wants to put the country to, for the minister is the cause of this issues n also ends up to be the fool n main loser.as for giwa he wants to be NFF president but does not understand the rule of FIFA on football… That’s shame to him n go n learn the rules ooooo,but for Nigerian football fans n footballers (locally n foreign) its victory n celebration,nobody will take away our joy n food.pls govt passed decree 101.

  • Pompei 4 years ago

    FIFA & Pinnick 2 SOLO & GIWA 0
    Solo and Giwa have now suffered back to back defeats on this issue.
    They have been defeated, humiliated, and shamed. The United States of Nigeria Minister will hopefully have learned a thing or two from this fiasco.

  • Shege luzzy 4 years ago

    And the men died. @ the foolish solo and insensitive Giwa.The way majority of the populace kicked against their buffoonery should make them hide in shame.Not in the history of humanity have so many rejected a few inglorious bastards. I think Dalung needs a change of beret. E be like say the old one dey block him brain