Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youths and Sports, says he is still waiting to act as may be necessary over Nigeria being sanctioned in November by world football governing body FIFA.
Dalung, while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, said he was still waiting for the reaction of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to the sanction before deciding on what to do.
“I am awaiting the report of the NFF committee on the matter before taking the next step,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FIFA had sanctioned Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Algeria on Nov. 10.
FIFA had gone on to award the match’s three points and three goals to Algeria, after a suspended Shehu Abdullahi was fielded in the match which ended 1-1.
The world football governing body also fined Nigeria 6,000 Swiss francs for the offence.
Speaking on the Super Eagles’ preparations for the 2018 World Cup, Dalung said all arrangements were in top gear.
“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…