FIFA issues NFF final deadline to resolve leadership rift

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The world football governing body, FIFA has issued a stern warning and deadline to the Nigeria Football Federation following interference from unrecognized members of the NFF. Failure to adhere to the letter will see Nigeria suspended from international competitions.

The Federal Government of Nigeria had intervened and ordered the current board to respect the ruling of the Supreme court to vacate their offices.

FIFA has set Monday, August 20, 2018 as the deadline for the Nigerian soccer federation headquarters to hand back to the elected leadership of Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

The letter reads:

“Two decisions of the Bureau of the FIFA Council in relation to undue influence in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation and the Ghana Football Association have been notified on 13 August 2018.

“In line with art. 16 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes, the Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on 30 September 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes.

“The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices.

“Furthermore, the Bureau decided that if the suspension of the NFF takes effect, the Nigerian team currently competing in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 will still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament on an exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway.”

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