Danagogo Urges NFF To Settle Crisis

Danagogo Urges NFF To Settle Crisis

–Wants court case withdrawn; confirms meeting with Hayatou

The Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has ordered quick and unambiguous resolution of the crisis threatening to tear the Nigeria Football Federation apart, and directed feuding parties to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace.


Danagogo, at a meeting with top officials of the Federation and the faction led by Ambassador Chris Giwa, specifically charged that the court case entered into by the Giwa faction should immediately be withdrawn to save Nigeria from impending FIFA hammer. He also confirmed holding a meeting with President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Alhaji (Dr) Issa Hayatou in Windhoek on Saturday, where the CAF supremo told him in no uncertain terms that FIFA and CAF have had it up to their neck with Nigeria.

“Dr. Hayatou told me Nigeria could actually have been stopped from playing the final of the African Women Championship in Namibia on Saturday, but he had to plead with FIFA to stop its Emergency Committee from taking immediate action. He also explained that such an occurrence would have handed the trophy automatically to Cameroon, and people would have thought that being a Cameroonian, he instigated such to favour his country.


“The CAF President was really unhappy with us. He brought out documents which constitute the protocols that every country wishing to be in the international football family had to sign, and which Nigeria signed. Part of these is the fact that disputes in football have to be taken to arbitration, and not civil courts.”

Restating that national interest and the interest of football should be paramount in the minds of those battling for the soul of the Nigeria game, Danagogo directed that the court case should be withdrawn and that both NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Ambassador Giwa should sit down like brothers and discuss firmly on ways to bring to an end the imbroglio.

“I am not interested in who is the NFF President. I am concerned with the interest of our country and the fact that football is such a serious matter for us and a ban from international football would be a disaster.

“I can assure you all that the Federal Government will not take kindly to any individual or group that contribute to an unfortunate situation of Nigeria getting banned from international football.”

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  • Isaac Akinmoyede 7 years ago

    The Senate and House Committees on Sports should start thinking of proposing a Bill to make it an crime against the country for anyone to take NFF and indeed other sports associations to civil court, if the parents body of such associations forbid resolution of disputes of the associations thru civil courts. This Giwa and his likes are dragging our integrity as a nation in the MUDs because of his inordinate ambition to become NFF chairman. We have to protect and preserve our integrity as a nation because Nigeria is not the only country in FIFA for us to be suspended twice in a year. It smacks of complete lack of organization. Those supervising theNFF and indeed other Associations should always be bold to take decisions for good governance of such associations.

  • Chosen Victor 7 years ago

    Nigeria should be a good example to others Africa countries, and even beyond the soil of Africa. The differences in the factions that exists in NFF contributed to the qualifying Africa cups during Keshi as the head coach, and lack of adequate preparation is really affecting the super Eagles. Let us sit down , and protect our image. We have the Senate committee of sports in the House of Senate, what is the work of the committee if they can not call the factions to order to safeguard the image of the country. We do not respect ourselves within, how then can outside have respect for us. Enough is enough.