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Fifa Warns Nigeria to Reinstate NFF or Face Suspension

World football’s governing body, Fifa, threatens to issue an international ban on Nigeria, if the government does not reinstate the executive committee (ExCo) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) not later than Tuesday.

The Nigerian government appointed Lawrence Katiken as sole administrator of the NFF on Thursday, after a High Court sitting in Plateau State granted an injunction stopping Aminu Maigari, his executive committee and the NFF congress from office.

In a letter signed by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, dated July 4 and addressed to the NFF president Maigari, the football governing body says the country risks ban from international football if the ExCo board of the NFF “are not fully reinstated”, adding it do not recognise the appointment by government of a sole administrator.

The letter read in part: “If the aforementioned NFF officials are not fully reinstated by Tuesday, July 8, 2014, we will have no choice but to refer the case to the appropriate Fifa organs for sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.

“We would like to underline the dire effects a suspension have on Nigerian football. It would for instance mean that no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) could have any international sporting contacts (art 14 par. 3 of Fifa statutes.

“But it would also mean that neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials could benefit from any development programme, course or training from Fifa or Caf any longer.”

Fifa also stated that an extraordinary congress reportedly fixed for Abuja on Saturday is null and void. It says only results from an elective congress slated for August 26 would be binding.

The letter, copied the Confederation of African Football (Caf) said Fifa are aware Maigari has been arrested and detained by the state security operatives and other NF officials
are being hunted down.

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Posted By kellychi On 10:32 Sat, 05 Jul 2014

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