Nigeria’s Minister Of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has described as an oversight, his appointment into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Nigeria’s government had announced the appointment of over 1,000 members including 209 board Chairmen to fill boards and government parastatal positions which include the NFF, the National Youth Service Corps, the National Institute for Sports and the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre. 

Appointments are not made to fill the board of the NFF, rather, election is conducted every four years.

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But Dalung, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, said the error was an oversight.

"The recently released board members of NFF is an oversight which is being sorted out. NFF is governed by statutes and board members are elected by congress and not appointed.

"I am appealing for calm from all stakeholders as it was an administrative oversight. Efforts are tailored towards addressing it very soon."

FIFA will frown at the development but Dalung noted that he has spoken with General Secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura on the issue.

"I have spoken with FIFA Secretary General over the situation in Nigeria and conveyed Federal government's commitment to uphold the governance structure of the Nigeria football Federation.

"All efforts are on course to liaise with CAF and FIFA on constructive engagement that the situation may likely attract. This board of NFF under Amaju has provided leadership but their performance is subject to a congress and not appointment,” Dalung stated.

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