Nigeria has officially averted the strong rod of FIFA’s ban on Monday by beating the deadline given to the Nigerian football federation to resolve its leadership crisis.
This follows the transmission of a letter of recognition by the federal government to the federation of international football association FIFA recognizing the Amaju Pinnick-led executive council. In a tweet by the Special Adviser on media to the Vice President , Laolu Akande, the federal government noted that the Pinnick led NFF is the current and only recognized NFF leadership in the country
The tweet reads: “The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current and only NFF Exco. Government will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in a timely manner. FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA”
The letter which was transmitted to FIFA at about 11:30 am ensures that the Nigerian Football Federation beats the 12pm deadline given to it by FIFA.
In a reaction, the Federation of International Football Association FIFA has relented in its effort to ban Nigeria from international football
Ina statement posted on its website the world football governing body noted “Following the decision of the Bureau of FIFA council of 13 August 2018 concerning the Nigerian Football federation (NFF) FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate NFF leadership under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and 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 the FIFA’s rules and regulations are fully adhered to”
The NFF has been embroiled in a leadership tussle between the Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa. The Chris Giwa led faction had obtained a Supreme Court judgment recognizing Chris Giwa as the head of the football governing body. This development runs foul of the FIFA’s statutes that matters of the football should never be taken to a civil court except the Court of Arbitration for Sports. FIFA had earlier banned Chris Giwa from any football related issue over the leadership tussle.
This development comes as a relief to Nigerian football as we prepare for the forthcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles and the clubs representing the country on the continental stage.
The NFF is set to conduct another election next month as the Amaju Pinnick led exco tenure expires soon.
Reports by Olatunji Ayodeji for IbadanCity ANNOUNCER