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Respect our statutes or face ban, FIFA tells Nigeria


By George Aluo
World football governing body, FIFA has made it clear that Nigeria would get banned if authorities back home fail to respect her statutes by sacking the Amaju Pinnick led board.
FIFA president, Gianni Infantino who spoke yesterday at a media briefing in Moscow ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final said there is no disputing the fact that Amaju who is still in Russia working in his official capacity as a FIFA man and NFF president remains in charge of Nigerian football.
In Infantino’s word: ” The name of Nigeria football association president is Pinnick. He has been elected and we are very clear about that…sometimes ago there was a dispute and this issue is coming up again. But this issue is very clear, we have a statute , we have regulations, there can be no interference in the running of the association. ..for this reason Pinnick is working here in his official capacity. He is the president of NFF . He is the president elected by the Nigerian football association members and that is the end of the story. And if any external bodies think they can change the situation, then Nigeria would risk to be banned as it has happened in other countries. In FIFA we have processes and democratic ways that must be respected, so it’s a very clear cut and simple case as far as we are concerned. We have made this very clear, but you ( media) can help us transmit this message clearer to Nigerian authorities if it was not clear enough.”
It would be noted that Nigerian football has been engulfed in another round of football crisis no thanks to an on going legal tussle.
Sports minister, Solomon Dalung had last week ordered Amaju and his board to vacate office and respect orders of court.

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