FIFA gives Nigeria September 8 final warning
The Federation of International Football
Associations (FIFA) has given Chris Giwa and its
factional NFF board until Monday, September 8 to
vacate the Glass House, failure to do so will earn
Nigeria an outright suspension.
Stating this in a signed letter by its Secretary-
General, Jerome Valcke, the FIFA Emergency
Committee “decided that should there still be
persons claiming to be elected and occupying the
offices on Monday, 8 September, 2014 at 8am
Swiss time, the NFF will automatically be
suspended with immediate effect until the said
persons vacate the premises of the NFF and the
General Secretary is able to come back and carry
out his work without interference”.
In the letter, addressed to NFF scribe, Musa
Amadu, the FIFA Emergency Committee also
postponed today’s scheduled Elective Congress of
the NFF and extended the tenure of the Aminu
Maigari’s Executive Committee board till fresh
elections are held.
“The NFF Executive Committee as it was
composed on 25 August, 2014, meaning under the
Presidency of Mr. Aminu Maigari, should then
convene a first extraordinary general assembly as
soon as possible to elect the members of the
electoral committee and a second extraordinary
general assembly in order to proceed with the
elections of the new NFF office-bearers”.
The FIFA Emergency Committee, while warning
Nigeria on the dire consequences of a
suspension, said that “we would like to remind
you that a suspension means no team from
Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any
international sporting contact (art. 14, par. 3 of
the FIFA Statutes). During the period of
suspension, the NFF may therefore not be
represented in any regional, continental or
international competitions or in friendly matches.
“The suspension also means that neither the NFF
nor any of its members or officials can benefit
from any development programmes, courses or
training from FIFA or CAF during the time of
suspension”, wrote Valcke.
The FIFA ultimatum threatens Nigeria’s African
Cup of Nations qualifying match next Wednesday,
against South Africa in Cape Town.
Nigeria, the defending champions, are cleared to
play their home opener against Republic of Congo
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