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Musa Amadu steps down

General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Musa Amadu has resigned his position with immediate effect, feelers from the NFF suggest.

It remains unclear why the 53-year old decided to quit his position, but it is believed to be connected to the money collected from world football governing body, FIFA, for Nigeria’s appearance at the last World Cup in Brazil.

For the better part of the last one year, rumours have been rife that Amadu would either resign his position or be asked to leave.

And the latest development from the Glass House suggests Amadu has tendered his resignation after getting into disagreements with the embattled NFF President, Amaju Pinnick over how the World Cup money would be spent, and as a result, is said to have handed over to the NFF director of competitions, Mohammed Sanusi.

Sanusi, has also for the better part of the last one year, been tipped to replace Amadu as the NFF General Secretary.

Meanwhile, efforts to get in touch with Pinnick, Sanusi and Amadu have so far proved abortive as none of them have answered their phones and are yet to respond to text messages.

The Nigeria Football Federation got an ‘intervention fund’ of about $3.3m during the last World Cup, after players of the Super Eagles boycotted a training session, demanding for their appearance fees to be paid.

Sources have disclosed to sl10.ng that Pinnick had allegedly ordered Amadu to withdraw the said amount of $3.3m for repayment of the ‘loan’ they got from the Federal Government last July.

But Amadu is said to have stood his ground and insisted that withdrawing the $3.3m does not meet the necessary financial regulations. And as a result, Pinnick is said to have ordered Amadu to resign or be fired for challenging his authority.

Meanwhile, during the NFF 2015 budget defense before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, chairman of the House of Representatives committee on sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya had explained that the NFF need not repay any money to the Federal Government.

Gaiya explained that the $3.3m given by the Federal Government was part of a ‘sports intervention fund’ which was budgeted for in the 2014 budget, and explained that it wasn’t a ‘loan’ that needed to be paid back.

“You (NFF) don’t need to pay back that money because it wasn’t a loan,” Gaiya began. “It was a sports intervention fund which was budgeted for in the 2014 budget and the money was taken from that fund.

“So it’s not a loan that needs to be repaid,” Gaiya said on Tuesday. sl10

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