Fifa Lifts Ban Threat on Nigeria as Pinnick Returns to Glass House

World football governing body FIFA has confirmed that the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation has been given back to the legitimate executive led by Amaju Pinnick.

As a result, the world football governing body has lifted its threat to suspend Nigeria from all football related activities.

This is in line with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of August 13 concerning the long-running NFF leadership tussle.

The decision to lift the threat followed the move by the Nigerian government to recognise the Pinnick-led executive as the authentic leadership of the NFF.

In a swift reaction yesterday the Federal Government had written to FIFA at the weekend, informing it of its decision to recognise Pinnick, a move that was consistent with the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council.

In a tweet on Monday, minutes before the 12 pm deadline given by FIFA for the resolution of the leadership tussle, Mr Laolu Akande, Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, confirmed that the government had already informed FIFA of the decision.

Consequently, FIFA deemed that the conditions it set have now been met and consequently the suspension of the NFF will not take effect.

But the Zurich-based body will, however, continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that its rules and regulations are fully adhered to.



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