- FIFA have rejected a proposed ministerial visit by minister of sports Solomon Dalung
- Dalung is keen to hold talks with FIFA President Gianni Infantino over NFF leadership crisis
- FIFA handed Nigeria a Monday, August 20, deadline to handover to legitimate President Amaju Pinnick
Football’s governing body FIFA have snubbed a proposed ministerial visit by a Nigerian delegation under the leadership of the minister for sports, Solomon Dalung, in last minute effort to address the ongoing leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
According to a Vanguard report citing sources at www.aclsports.com, Nigeria is facing FIFA’s worldwide axe from football activities after world’s soccer arbiters handed Nigeria a Monday, August 20, deadline to handover the administration and offices of the football federation to Amaju Pinnick and his scribe, Mohammed Sanusi.
In a drastic move to avoid FIFA’s blackout, the report revealed that Dalung wrote to FIFA on Wednesday, August 15, through the office of the Nigerian ambassador to Switzerland demanding to hold discussions with the FIFA President Gianni Infantino alongside members of his reconciliatory committee and Chris Giwa, head of the other faction.
However, in quick FIFA’s response to Dalung’s request signed off by its secretary general, Fatma Samoura, the football governing body objected the idea while reechoing the stand of the Bureau Council of FIFA to ban Nigeria by Monday, if they fail to do the needful.
“While we are aware of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, we regret to inform you that we are not in a position to respond favourably to your request for an appointment with the FIFA Leadership. In fact, the FIFA President is indisposed during the proposed period,” noted FIFA.
The proposed Dalung’s delegation to Zurich include; permanent secretary in the ministry of youth and sports Olusade Adesola, former NFA chairmen, Ibrahim Galadima and Anthony Kodjo Williams, former NFF secretary general Bolaji Ojo Oba, Amaju Pinnick, Mohammed Sanusi and Chris Giwa.
“Moreover, we would Iike to recall that one member of the proposed delegation, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently under a worldwide ban, in accordance with the decision of the FIFA DiscipIinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five—year ban from taking part in any kind of footbaII-related activity imposed by the Nigeria FootbaIl Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016,” FIFA added in their response.
Interestingly, Dalung was also reminded by FIFA that the only channel it relates to its member nation bodies is through the legitimate Football Federation and advised him not to use other means in future communication.
“We would Iike to emphasise that we normally communicate with and through our member associations, in this case the NFF under its Iegitimate President Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
“Consequently, we would be grateful to have any future correspondence be routed through the NFF directly,” FIFA submitted.
Already the federal government is making frantic efforts to ensure FIFA’s axe don’t fall on Nigeria and the acting president, Yemi Osinbajo, has held discussions with the NFF President Pinnick and rival Chris Giwa toward resolving the leadership impasse.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Amaju Pinnick who is the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been told by the federal government to step down from his current position as Nigeria's football chief.
This is according to a statement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports which is under current Nigeria's Sports Minister Solomon Dalung.
The statement from the Ministry of Sports restored the orders of the Federal High Court setting aside the election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September 30, 2014, which brought in Amaju Pinnick.
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