NFF Crisis: FIFA gives Nigeria fresh deadline

Sepp Blatter

The world football governing body, FIFA, has given Nigeria up till Friday, October 31 to resolve the crisis plaguing its football administration or risk finally being suspended from the comity of football nations till its next congress fixed for May 2015.

The fresh deadline for Nigeria was contained in a letter from FIFA sent on Tuesday.

FIFA stated that it has been abreast of issues happening in Nigeria particularly as regards the sacking of the elected NFF board by a Jos court and the prevention of the president, Amaju Pinnick, from carrying out his duties, including not being able to travel to Namibia for the finals of the AWC to watch the Super Falcons conquer Africa again.

“Under these circumstances and in order to give Nigeria football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy suspension, we inform you that if by midday October 31 Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case has definitively being withdrawn from court and that the board elected on September 30, 2014 is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for the implementation of suspension,” part of the FIFA letter from Zurich read.

The world football governing body frowned at the developments that has transpired in the past weeks and warned of the dire consequences that await Nigeria in the event the country chose to shun this latest warning.

“We would like to underline the dire effects that a suspension will have on Nigeria football. It will for instance mean that no team from Nigeria of any sort (including club teams) can have any international sporting contact,” FIFA warned.

FIFA went on to also state that in the event of a ban, the NFF and indeed any of its members or officials will not benefit from any FIFA or CAF developmental programmes, training and courses thus meaning a total blackout for Nigeria.


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