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FIFA gives Nigeria September 8 final warning

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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

on Saturday.

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