“We are not in a position to respond favourably to your request”, FIFA tells Nigeria

In a move to avoid the looming FIFA ban in Nigerian football. The acting president Yemi Osinbanjo on Wednesday, held meetings with sports minister Solomon Dalung and NFF presidency rivals Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa.

The meeting culminated in the presidency writing to FIFA through Nigeria Ambassador to Switzerland H.E. Baba Madugu, requesting for a meeting of Nigerian delegation with FIFA leadership. A team led by sports minister Solomon Dalung, with Chris Giwa part of the delegation.

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Responding to the request FIFA turned down the nation’s request with various reasons, among which was Chris Giwa  FIFA ban.

“We refer to the correspondence dated 15th August 2018 from the Ambassador of Nigeria in Switzerland, H.E. Baba Madugu, the contents of which have received our full attention,” FIFA response reads.

Amaju Pinnick and Gianni Infantino

Embattled NFF president Amaju Pinnick and FIFA president Gianni Infantino

“In the respect, 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.” FIFA continued.

“In fact, the FIFA President is indisposed during the proposed period. Moreover, we would like 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 Disciplinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed by the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016,”

“We would like to emphasize that we normally communicate with and through our member associations, in this case, the NFF under its legitimate President Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

“Consequently, we would be grateful to have any future correspondence be routed through the NFF directly.”

With this latest development Nigeria has limited options  and days to avoid serving FIFA ban.

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