Nigeria Risk Ban Over NFF Crisis, FIFA insists on Pinnick & rates Russian tournament best so far

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has warned that Nigeria stands the risk of being banned from international football competitions if the current leadership crisis bedevilling the country’s Football Federation persists,

The leadership tussle in the NFF between Pinnick and Chris Giwa continued this week, as the court on Tuesday, failed to stop Giwa from occupying Glass House as requested by Pinnick.

The president of the world football governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino, on Friday insisted that Amaju Pinnick is the recognised president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Giwa is not recognised by FIFA as he is serving a ban. He also lost the case with Pinnick at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which is the highest adjudicator in sporting matters.

Giwa has however continue to parade himself as the NFF president following the adjournment, a move which could force FIFA to wield the big stick on Nigeria.

“The situation is very clear, there can be no interference in the running of the association… That’s the end of it. If any external body thinks they can change this, then of course Nigeria could be banned,” Infantino stated during his interaction with the media in Moscow on Friday.

Nigeria has previously been banned for government interference in the running of the NFF.

Nigeria is on the verge of receiving a ban from FIFA if court failed to stop Giwa from occupying Glass House.Any ban now will affect the country’s U-20 team, currently preparing for the U-20 World Cup in France in August.

Also Gianni Infantino has said that the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has gone beyond all expectations and that the football world will continue to stand with Russia in order to ensure a lasting legacy.

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has said that the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has gone beyond all expectations and that the football world will continue to stand with Russia in order to ensure a lasting legacy.

Infantino stated this in Moscow on Friday, saying the World Cup in Russia has been the best World Cup so far.

“It’s been a great adventure here in Russia and all of us, both here and outside Russia, have enjoyed it. Particularly, a lot of pre-conceived opinions have changed.

“In my opinion and that of those around me and those I have come across, this is the best World Cup so far,” he said.

Infantino said the organizers of the event impressed the world beyond all expectations, and this had gone on to change the world’s perception of Russia.

“We have seen that Russia has changed from what we all believed. The World Cup has shown a real football country. Football has now become part of Russia’s DNA.”

“You can see it in the massive infrastructure put in place, the stadia built, the beautiful cities and the efficient workforce.”

“People have discovered a beautiful country, which has welcomed people of all nationalities, whose people have been eager to help, and which is rich in culture and history.”

“The legacies of all this will no doubt help put FIFA on the top in football, and we in FIFA will be there by Russia’s side to ensure football continues to live in this country,’’ he said.

Infantino also praised the volunteers and other members of the competition’s workforce, saying they gave life to the event.

“There are more than 100,000 people who have been involved in one capacity or the other. They are, with their smiles, the heart and soul of this very successful event.

“It has been the best ever, especially because of the volunteers, and FIFA is grateful to all, particularly the Russian government and people of Russia, for proving us right,” he said.

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