Nigeria escapes ban as Federation Internationale de Football Association confirms FG's position

Annette Crawford
August 21, 2018

Earlier on Monday, Laolu Akande - the Special Assistant to the Nigerian Vice President - tweeted: "The Federal Government has already conveyed to Federation Internationale de Football Association its firm position recognising the Pinnick-led NFF as the current and only NFF executive".

He said the Federal Government would continue to engage all relevant parties to resolve the dispute in a timely manner.

Pinnick, elected NFF head in 2014, was in a stand-off with Chris Giwa, who had appealed against the election result and, after a protracted legal battle, won a favourable high court ruling in June. FG is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA, " Akande tweeted.

The World football governing body FIFA had said it would go on to suspend Nigeria from football activities if they failed to comply with its instructions by Monday at noon (CET).

NAN reports that the Glass House had been occupied recently at different times by both the Chris Giwa and Pinnick factions of the federation's Congress.

This occupation has however been with the aid of men of the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services at such times.

"We expect a positive pronouncement from Federation Internationale de Football Association at the end of the deadline given to us, because we have assured them of our readiness to play by the rules", the source, who pleaded anonymity, said.

Pinnick was in Lagos on Monday, rather than the capital Abuja where NFF's headquarters are located.

However, FIFA also confirmed that it would continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that FIFA's rules and regulations are fully adhered to.

He also expressed optimism that the decision would help chart a new path for Nigerian football after being in the doldrums in the last few weeks. "We can't gain anything from crisis and misunderstanding".

"Our football has been at a standstill for the past one month; everybody has been under pressure with doubts over the future of our football".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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