Peterside Idah faults FIFA ban

FIFA has maintained it will only relate with the ousted NFF President, Aminu Maigari.

A former Nigerian international and sports pundit, Peterside Idah, has picked holes in FIFA’s decision to suspend Nigeria from all football activities for alleged government interference in the running of football in the country.

Idah submitted that it was wrong to punish Nigeria when an individual was responsible for taking the NFF to court and subsequently secured an injunction to sack the Aminu Maigari-led board.

According to Idah, rather than descend on the whole country, the party that went to court to secure the sacking of the NFF board is the only culprit in the scenario.

“I don’t think the ban on Nigeria is justified,” Idah, a retired goalkeeper, said. “So if I take the NFF to court because they are owing me money or for many other reason, Nigeria will suffer the consequence of my action.”

Having seen the ultimatum given to Nigeria expire on Tuesday, FIFA on Wednesday via a statement communicated that Nigeria has been suspended from football activities .

The world body however said the suspension will be lifted once the “properly elected NFF executive committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs”.

The decision immediately means the female U-20 team will be unable to participate in the Women’s World Cup which kicks off on August 5 if the suspension is not be lifted by July 15.

It also means that the Flying Eagles will not be eligible to play Lesotho next month in the final round of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship.

The genesis of the Nigeria suspension started when a court sitting in Plateau State suspended Maigari’s board based on a petition by club owner, Rumson Baribote.

The sports minister, Tamuno Danagogo, appointed a sole administrator, Lawrence Katken, to run the NFF as directed by the court.

An emergency extraordinary congress was hastily summoned by the chairman of state FA chairmen, Effiong Johnson. The congress sacked the Maigari board and other sub-leaderships in the NFF.
The congress was seen as illegal by some including the Lagos State FA which said Johnson lacked the mandate to call a congress and that the mandatory 30-day notice was not observed.

For now, FIFA has maintained it will only relate with the ousted NFF President, Aminu Maigiari, and Secretary General, Musa Amadu, thus meaning that a return to status quo is key in seeing Nigeria out of the present logjam.

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