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FCT FA boss: Congressmen won’t allow Amaju Pinnick’s normalisation plot

The president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has been offered a seat in the influential newly constituted FIFA Working Group on Normalisation Committees.

The chairman of the FCT Football Association, Adam Mouktar Mohammed, has said members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) congress are doing everything possible to abort tenure elongation for the present NFF board.

He made this declaration yesterday against the backdrop of emerging signals that the NFF Executive Committee led by Amaju Pinnick is not favourably disposed to carrying out the recent directive by the federal government.

It will be recalled that the federal government through the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has ordered the NFF president to ensure that the 2022 NFF election is held in September.

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The letter also urged Pinnick to make sure that the infamous Bayelsa High Court Order restraining the NFF from holding its congress is vacated.

However, instead of obeying the government’s directive, Pinnick and his members are said to be secretly plotting for a FIFA normalisation committee which they believe will favour them.

Mouktar said the intervention by the government is meant to avert another crisis in the NFF.

He also maintained that everything necessary will be done to shoot down any plans geared towards tenure extension for the present NFF Executive Committee members.

“I don’t envisage any FIFA ban at all unless the NFF has written certain letters to certify otherwise. I see it as FIFA’s responsibility to strengthen the Member Association Governance Mechanisms to ensure timelines for elections are respected.

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“I feel there is a deliberate attempt to create a crisis somewhere by some people that will lead to no elections and actualise a Normalization Committee but as congress we are working not to allow such,” said Mouktar.

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