The crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation which culminated in the instalment of Chris Giwa as the President of the Federation on Tuesday, August 26th 2014, assumed a new twist on Friday with the football world-governing body, FIFA declaring the process null and void.
FIFA in a letter sent to the Nigerian FA, warned that Giwa must vacate the NFF Glass House on Monday or Nigeria will be sanctioned.
The letter signed by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valke and sent to the NFF Secretary General Musa Amadu reads inter alia: “We will not recognise the outcome of the above mentioned elections and should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on Monday 1 September 2014, we will bring the case to the appropriate FIFA body for sanctions, which may include the suspension of the NFF.”
However Chris Giwa has allayed the fears of Nigerians over the letter from FIFA on Friday assuring that the NFF will relay a detailed and convincing response to FIFA on Monday morning.
“We have seen the letter from FIFA and digested the full content of it. Nothing has changed as far as we are concerned, Giwa stated.
“We will present our position to FIFA on Monday morning and they will be convinced beyond any reasonable doubt.”
Giwa however insists there is no wrong-doing by the Nigeria Football Federation, and stresses that the NFF board do not expect a sanction from FIFA.
“We call on Nigerians not to panic. The NFF is not intimidated and we do not expect any sanction because we have done the appropriate thing,” a statement from the embattled Giwa and signed by Demola Olajire, the Assistant Director, Communications read in part.