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Nigeria not scared of FIFA's Ban, says Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung

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    Nigeria not scared of FIFA's Ban, says Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung

    Nigeria's Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has said they are not scared by the looming ban from the world football governing body FIFA, KweséESPN reports.

    The Minister made this known to KweséESPN on Friday in Kampala at the Seninde Foundation Women's Football tournament hosted at the Philip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo, where he was a guest.

    It would be recalled that FIFA has earlier in the week issued an ultimatum to restore and recognise Mr Amaju Pinnick as the NFF President by 20 August after declining the letter written by the Sports minister to have an appointment with FIFA President.

    Dalung however, told KweséESPN that since Nigeria is a sovereign state, they will not bow to pressures from FIFA.

    "FIFA will not scare us. We are a big country and FIFA must learn to listen to a country that is investing a lot of money in football development.

    "There is a misconception of the entire situation. FIFA is an international organisation. Nigeria is a country and a defined sovereign state which is affiliated to FIFA. We have a crisis in the football leadership and the crisis went to the courts and the supreme courts decided. So, what is FIFA talking about? And yet they also don't want to meet us," said Dalung, as made available by KweséESPN.

    Dalung insists that FIFA are incorrect and he believes that FIFA should treat governing bodies in Africa with more respect.

    "FIFA cannot be right. They have not even appreciated what is on the ground. Football is funded in Africa by governments which build the infrastructure and pump in money. FIFA must therefore learn to treat the government partners with respect.

    "We wrote them a letter seeking [a platform to] discuss about the crisis in Nigerian football. But, we received a letter on Thursday saying that they are not willing to meet with the Nigerian delegation. That is the best we have done to engage with them and discuss the crisis.

    "They have decided to take sides and stand by what they think," added Dalung in his interview with KweséESPN.
    Last edited by Nenye; 08-20-2018, 10:14 AM.