by Staff writer
World football governing body FIFA has rejected a request from Nigeria’s minister of sports Solomon Dalung to visit them, ACL Sports reports.
Dalung had written to FIFA, through the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland, saying him and his delegation want to discuss the ongoing leadership battle at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
The letter was dated August 14th, 2018.
FIFA turned down the proposed visit, saying Infantino “is indisposed during the proposed period.”
“While we are aware of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, we regret to inform you that we are not in a position to respond favourably to your request for an appointment with the FIFA Ieadership.
Earlier this week, FIFA issued ultimatums to both Nigeria and Ghana over “undue influence” in the affairs of their football governing bodies.
The letter also reminded Dalung that one of his proposed delegations for the visit, Mr Chris Giwa, is on a worldwide ban from football-related activities, adding that all communication to FIFA should be done through the NFF, under Melvin Pinnick’s leadership.