World football governing body, FIFA, has accepted the Federal Government’s late decision to finally recognise the Amaju Pinnick-led faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
FIFA had threatened to ban the West Africans on Monday should they fail to end the leadership tussle involving Chris Giwa.
Giwa paraded himself as the rightfully elected President of the NFF.
But a belated move by the Muhammadu Buhari’s government has saved the country from FIFA’s hammer.
“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.” the apex football body released in a statement on Monday.
“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.”