Nigerian football group urging government to ignore FIFA threat


The National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), has urged the Federal Government to ignore the threat to ban Nigeria by FIFA, saying that is an empty one.

The NANF in a letter to the minister of Youth and Sports said the threat was conceived to shield corruption in Nigeria Football which the FIFA and CAF Presidents are beneficiaries with a view to arm twist and intimidate the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The letter signed by NANF National President, Mr. Harrison Jalla implores the Federal Government to remain unshaken and ignore FIFA President, Gianni Infantino’s ban issued on July 13, 2018.

Infantino, warned that Nigeria risked a ban as the world football governing body only recognises Amaju Pinnick as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)

However, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung insists that Chris Giwa remains the president of the NFF, as was declared by the Supreme Court judgment made on April 27, 2018.

“FIFA has not written me that they recognise one person over the other and you know government does not operate on rumour, government is administration,” Dalung said. “The leadership in NFF, I think is very categorical. The Federal High court in Jos has ruled orders. I, as a co-defendant, was served with the order, ordering me to recognise Giwa as the president.”

Pinnick who was at the World Cup in official capacity is being expected in Nigeria this week and it remained to be seen what will happen next.

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