FIFA racks ban on Nigeria from international soccer

The Federal government intervention for recognises Amaju Pinnick-led executives has shelved its plan to ban Nigeria from international soccer by FIFA.

The world football governing body had last week given Nigeria up till Monday 20th August to ensure that the duly elected board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), led by Amaju Pinnick, exercises its functions without undue government interference.

Nigeria had been on the verge of being suspended from all football-related activities over squabbles over the leadership of the NFF between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick.

In a statement on its website, FIFA confirmed ,that they will not go ahead with the ban, but that they “will continue to closely monitor the situation”.

The statement read;  Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of August 13, 2018 concerning the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA received confirmation that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.

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