Nigeria may have escaped a ban from the world football governing body, FIFA but it is not yet done and dusted for the country going by the statement released from Zurich on Monday.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande had disclosed earlier on Monday that the Federal Government had ‘bowed’ to the wish of FIFA.

He said the FG. had already conveyed its position to the world football governing body that they would continue to work with stakeholders to resolve the federation’s dispute in due time.

Akande wrote, “The FG has already conveyed to FIFA its firm position recognising Amaju Pinnick-led NFF as the current and only NFF executive.

“Government will also continue to work with all relevant stakeholders involved to resolve the dispute in a timely manner.

“The Federal Government is upholding NFF treaty obligations to FIFA.''

On their part, FIFA confirmed they have received assurances on the return to status quo but affirmed that they would still be watching Nigeria closely to ensure that they keep to their promise

The full FIFA statement reads:

“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.

''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.”

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