FIFA has announced that it would suspend Nigeria from all football activities if it fails to comply with its instructions and reinstate Amaju Pinnick as the substantive head of the Nigeria Football Federation.
The world football governing body said Nigeria must ensure that the NFF office in Abuja is occupied by Pinnick by Monday, August 20, as the NFF boss and Chris Giwa continue to battle for control of the Glass House.
“In line with art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on 30 September 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said.
“The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.”
FIFA, however, said its decision will not affect the Falconets, Nigeria’s under-20 women team who are currently in France participating in the U-20 Women’s World Cup.
“Furthermore, the Bureau decided that if the suspension of the NFF takes effect, the Nigerian team currently competing in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 will still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament on an exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway.”