A supporter of Nigeria celebrates after the FIFA World Cup 2018 group
D preliminary round soccer match between Nigeria and Iceland in
Volgograd, Russia, 22 June 2018. Nigeria won the match 2-0. EPA/Zurab
Kurtsikidze

by
Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Aug 21, 2018. 10:27


World football governing body FIFA has lifted a threat to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), clearing the Super Eagles to resume their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign next month.

FIFA cites assurances that “legitimate leadership” of the NFF has been restored to power. A rival group occupied the offices during the World Cup, claiming authority from a local court order.

FIFA rules prohibit interference in how elected officials run football federations, under threat of teams and administrators being suspended from international games and meetings.

“Following the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council of 13 August 2018 concerning the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), FIFA received confirmations that the legitimate leadership of the NFF under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices,” read a statement from the world organisation.

“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.

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

Nigeria’s Super Eagles are scheduled to play a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Seychelles on September 7.


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