FIFA does not accept third party interference in its member federations and said the NFF must be led by Amaju Pinnick. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde/File Photo
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Nigeria acknowledged a FIFA-approved appointee as the sole head of its national football federation Monday, minutes before the world body was due to ban the country from international matches over political interference in filling the post. FIFA had said it would suspend Nigeria at 11 a.m. GMT – thereby excluding the team from next month's African Nations Cup qualifiers – over alleged state meddling in the running of the Nigerian football Federation.The NFF voted in FIFA's recognized leadership team, under Amaju Pinnick, in 2014 . FIFA does not accept third party interference in its member federations and said the NFF must be led by Pinnick.
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