FIFA Ban: Sports Minister hopes for escape
As apprehension heightens amongst football
stakeholders concerning the looming FIFA ban
on Nigeria, the Sports Minister/Chairman,
National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy
Danagogo has expressed hope that world’s
football governing body will not ban the
The NSC Boss advised FIFA against wielded its
big stick instead he canvassed them to wade
into the internal wrangling in the Nigeria
Football Federation, NFF.
Dr. Danagogo expressed this confidence on a
breakfast television programme, Good
morning Nigeria on the Nigeria Television
Authority, NTA in Abuja on Tuesday
The minister said
that FIFA should
view what is happening in the NFF as internal
wrangling among football stakeholders who
are angling to take over control of the football
“I am aware that FIFA does not ban countries
over internal wrangling among stakeholders.
What I expect FIFA to do is to listen to both
sides in the dispute and fashion out a peaceful
resolution of the crisis,” he said.
According to the sports minister, “It is also not
fair for FIFA to ban a country over the actions
of individuals. If they feel that an individual
has gone against their statutes, such individual
should be singled out and sanctioned and not
the entire country.”
He added that he is also aware that FIFA or
football federations ban some of their
members for offences against the football
statutes and expects that the same thing
should apply in the present case of the NFF.
“I don’t expect FIFA to ban Nigeria because we
are in contact with them and have explained
the position of things as they affect the
current crisis. We expect that they would
carefully look into the matter after listening to
both sides and seek a peaceful resolution. If
they say the way out is for another election to
be held, we would ensure that it is done for
peace to return to our football.
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