World football governing body, FIFA, has confirmed that Nigeria will not be suspended following Federal Government’s directive that the Amaju Pinnick-led executive committee remains the only known board of the Nigeria Football Federation.
A statement from FIFA by Monday afternoon read: “Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of 13 August, 2018 concerning the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA received confirmations 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.
“In view of these circumstances, FIFA deems that the conditions set by the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council have now been met and consequently the suspension of the NFF will not take effect.
“FIFA will continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that FIFA’s rules and regulations are fully adhered to.”
Earlier on Monday, Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Office of the Vice President, had tweeted FG’s position on the leadership tussle at the Nigerian federation, insisting that the Amaju Pinnick-led executive committee remains the authentic board.
The statement was a follow up on the communication between the Vice President, Pinnick and FIFA at the weekend.
Nigeria was to be handed a lengthy ban from the midday of Monday, a development that would have thrown Super Eagles qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations into jeopardy. The Falcons would have forfeited their African Women Championship ticket just as Enyimba would have been pushed out of the CAF club competition.
This was not going to be the first major miss for Nigeria over squabbles. After missing the AFCON 2012 in similar fashion but came back to win the 2013 edition in South Africa, squabble over the coveted NFF post led to Eagles failing to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions in a row.