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Federal government endorses Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board to avoid FIFA ban

Federal government endorses Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board to avoid FIFA ban

- Federal government backs Amaju Pinnick as the NFF president

- The football federation was threatened by FIFA last week if the government interference continue

Nigeria may have avoided FIFA hammer following the federal government's intervention in the leadership tussle involving Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa.

FIFA had threatened to ban the NFF from all football related acticities over the government's inteference in the day-to-day running of the body.

The leadership of Amaju Pinnick had been taken to court by aggrieved Chris Giwa, claiming the election that brought the former Delta State FA chairman to the seat was illegal.

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With the world football governing body giving the country up till 12 noon on Monday, August 20, to resolve the situation or risk being banned from all football activities.

However, the senior special assistant to the vice president on media and publicity Laolu Akande confirmed in a tweet on his official Twitter handle that the federal government has thrown her weight behind Amaju Pinnick's NFF presidency.

Akande said in his tweet that: "The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognizing Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current & only NFF Exco.

"Government will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve dispute in a timely manner. Federal Government is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA."

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Nigeria's Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung was said to have directed the present NFF board under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick to step down.

Dalung made the announcement through his media aide claiming that he has been told by Attorney General of the Federation to tell the NFF to obey the court judgement.

It was reported in the media that the Supreme Court in April overturned the election of NFF president Amaju Pinnick who has been in office since September 2014.

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