This followed elections held at the CAF Ordinary and Elective General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco on Friday.
In a statement released in Lagos and signed by the organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Philips described the election of the NFF president as historic and momentous.
NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said the report was sheer falsehood as such was never even discussed either on the floor of the Congress or at any meeting of the CAF leadership.
Six players were put on stand-by for the ties.
According to the Minister; the late NFA boss was a great administrator and a fine gentlemen.
Family sources said the flamboyant trainer of trainers and respected nurturer of talents complained of body pain and was treated for malaria, only to be found dead in his bed at dawn on Thursday.
The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, confirmed Erico’s death on Thursday.
He was 60 years of age.
The Chairman of the NFF Security Committee and Member of the Organising Committee for the African Nations Championship, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, heads the task force.
The continental body via its official Twitter handle on Tuesday approved the Nigeria Football Federation’s request to postpone the tie.
Both country and club celebrated the player via their official Twitter handle on Wednesday.
A proposed protest by the players last month, ahead of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations away fixture, backfired after they let a 4-0 lead slip as Sierra Leone fought back to draw 4-4.
NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, disclosed on Monday that the federation had been inundated with tales of some sleazy practices by some persons who demand monies from parents of young players to put their wards in the camp of the U17 boys national team, Golden Eaglets.
The Nigeria Football Federation revealed this via its official Twitter handle @thenff on Monday.
Pinnick made the comment on Monday in Benin during an inspection tour of the facility, and added that it had undergone tremendous improvement since the last time he visited.
The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, confirmed the receipt of $1 million from FIFA as palliative.
The global body via its official Twitter handle, @FIFAcom: wrote: “@Obafemimartins is a man who knows how to celebrate in style.
He takes over from Toyin Ibitoye who has been in the post for five-and-half years.
However, the 60 sports icons named by the ministry of sports caught my attention. It is important to state that the idea is noble and highly commendable because we are not used to appreciating our heroes not only in sports but in other spheres in Nigeria.
The country’s football governing body spokes via its official Twitter handle: @TheNFF.