FIFA Lifts Nigeria Suspension Threat


Nigeria, on Monday, escaped threat of a FIFA suspension by full compliance on conditions for pardon.

on August 13, the World football governing body threatened to sanction the country if by August 20, Amaju Pinnick was not reinstated as president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

Nigeria, alongside Ghana had been under FIFA’s radar following interferences from unwarranted third parties in the running of the game in their countries.

Ghana was pardoned last Thursday after members of the Government of Ghana met with representatives in Zurich.

August 20 was given as ultimatum for full compliance in the reinstatement of Pinnick, failure of which would lead to a suspension.

In a bid to avoid such occurrence, the Nigerian government ordered that Chris Giwa vacate the football secretariat and the FIFA recognised president resume full duties at the helms.

After confirmation of resumption in office of the Pinnick led board, FIFA released a statement on Monday, clearing Nigeria of any pending sanction.

“FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices,” the FIFA statement reads.

“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.”

Giwa took over office whilst Pinnick was at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

He was later sacked by operatives of the Department of State Service but later assumed leadership at the secretariat after a withdrawal of the security officials.

In the case of any possible reoccurrence of him retaken office, FIFA could still act as it still monitors the situation.

“FIFA will continue to closely monitor the situation in order to ensure that FIFA’s rules and regulations are fully adhered to,” it concludes.


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Macaulay Maduwuba is the Chief Content at Kanu Sports TV

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