Dalung Awaits NFF Committee Report On FIFA Sanction

Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has revealed that he is awaiting the report of the NFF committee on FIFA Sanction.

World football’s governing body, FIFA, had earlier sanctioned the Super Eagles of Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player (Shehu Abdullahi) during a Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria on November 10.

While speaking with newsmen on Tuesday, Dalung said: “I am awaiting the report of the NFF committee on the matter before taking the next step.”

FIFA awarded the match’s three points and three goals to Algeria despite the fact that the match ended in 1-1 draw.

In addition, the Super Eagles of Nigeria were also fined 6,000 Swiss francs for the offence.

On Super Eagles’ preparations for Russia 2018, Dalung said: “Friendly matches have been lined up for the Super Eagles ahead of the World Cup.”

“Preparations are in top gear, and we have reviewed our welfare packages and we plan to make prompt payments to ensure that players are motivated.

“The welfare of players is very key, because it will not only motivate them, but build in them confidence and trust.

“Also, the National Technical Director should be given the complete free hand in the choice of players and the management of the team. Everybody should limit himself to his responsibility.

“This means nobody should interfere so that we can hold him, at the end of the day, accountable. But when you have interference, we will not be able to hold him accountable.” he concluded.