Wednesday, 15 August 2018

FIFA Set To Ban Nigeria

FIFA, which is the world football body, has given Nigeria a strong warning to solve its problems or risk being suspended from all football activities.

The fight for power in the Nigeria Football Federation is still ongoing with factions Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick who have not yet settled their differences.

FIFA insists that Pinnick is the legitimate leader of the NFF after his triumph in the elections of September 30, 2014, and that Giwa must stay before August 20, 2018.

If the directive is not respected, the country will be excluded from all football activities.

However, Nigerians under the age of 20 who have progressed in the last eight of the U20 Women's World Cup will be allowed to continue on condition of participating in the semi-final.

"Two decisions of the Fifa Council Office concerning undue influence in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation (...) were notified on August 13, 2018," reads a FIFA statement.

"In accordance with article 16, paragraph 1, of the FIFA Statutes, the FIFA Council Bureau decided that if the offices of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) were not postponed by Monday, 20 August 2018 back to the legitimate executive committee of the NFF led by President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, duly elected on September 30, 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for violation of Article 14, paragraph 1 (i) and Article 19 as well as Article 14 (1) (a) of the FIFA Statutes.

"The suspension would only be lifted once the FFN, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi, confirmed that it had received effective control of the FFN and its offices.

In addition, the Bureau decided that if the suspension of the FFN came into effect, the Nigerian team currently participating in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018 would still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament. tournament is in progress. "

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