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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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