NFF Crises Vs FIFA Threat: D-Day For Nigeria

NFF Crises Vs FIFA Threat: D-Day For Nigeria

Nigeria will today know if it will continue to be part of FIFA’s programmes or not following world football governing body’s letter last Friday mandating NFF President, Chris Giwa, to vacate office or it will sanction the country.

The fresh ban threat was sequel to the August 26 election in Abuja which was purportedly won by the Josb-ased businessman and proprietor of Glo Premier League side, Giwa FC.

But the Alhaji Aminu Maigari-led faction of the NFF kicked against the process and emergence of Giwa as NFF president, saying they were not part of the election since election was not on the agenda for the day’s congress, just as they fixed September 4, 2014 as NFF elective congress in Calabar.

The Maigari-led faction of NFF subsequently communicated to FIFA necessitating the World football governing body to write NFF on Friday nullifying Giwa election.

FIFA also warned that Giwa should vacate office latest midnight today or Nigeria runs the risk of a ban, adding it will set up a committee who will investigate the ‘Nigeria case’ and wield its hammer.

Despite FIFA’s warning and impending ban, the Giwa-led NFF insist the election was in order, saying it followed due process.

Upon receipt of FIFA’s letter on Friday, Giwa declared that NFF will dispatch a detailed and convincing response to FIFA on Monday (today).

“We have seen the letter from FIFA and digested the full content of it. Nothing has changed, as far as we are concerned. We will present our position to FIFA by Monday morning and they will be convinced beyond any reasonable doubt,” Giwa said in a statement from the media department of the FA.

He stated that the NFF is not anticipating any sanction from FIFA in his belief that the general assembly of NFF voted him into power.

“The NFF is not intimidated and we do not expect any sanction because we have done the appropriate thing. For us, it is not about noise-making. FIFA has admitted in its letter that the General Assembly is the highest decision-making body of any association/federation. That is perfect,” Giwa said.

Major stakeholders in the game have stood behind the call for the annulment of the election of Giwa and insisted on a fresh poll that will be seen as credible with September 5slated for this purpose.

This led to referees, coaches and players bodies boycotting all domestic league games over the weekend as the wait for the FIFA D-Day finally is here.

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  • Israel Akinlawon 4 years ago

    The way out is very simple. President Goodluck Jonathan should call Danagogo and his boys (Chris Giwa and his so called board members) to order, to vacate the office before the close of business today, and participate in the credible election on September 4. The fact that the so called election did not have FIFA, CAF and WAFU representatives in attendance as stipulated by both FIFA and NFA statutes is an enough knockout of such kangaroo election. The justice minister (who has become the laughing stock of international community), Tamuno Danagogo did not play his card with wisdom and his machination has backfired, he needs to swallow shame and tow the line of justice – that is credible election. I don’t even know what to call Danagogo – Sport Minister or Football Minister. God will help us.

  • lambert 4 years ago

    wonder wonder country naija how long we go play his game of mago mago where no dey favour us?

  • mumish 4 years ago

    I’m yet to see politicians interfering in football compared with how FIFA goes about interfering in Nigerian affairs, Be that as it may very snobbishly and disrespectfully. It is high time we call their bluff, ban or no ban. FIFA must be made to understand that Nigeria is not a push over, that will always dance to their discordant tune. The current crop of FIFA executives are so corrupt to the extent it makes you shudder in utter disgust. As a matter of fact, why are Nigerians so low in self esteem to warrant all sorts of hog wash be sold to us with impunity. Lets face it, Nigeria’s contribution to soccer over the years on a world wide scale, has been phenomenal and utterly significant. It is therefore right to say that; FIFA are actually the one that needs Nigeria and vice versa may not hold completely true. Seriously, the new executives of NFF need to be proactive and work towards the a change or outright removal of Sep Blatter and his “cronies in bribes”. Alternatively, a new world body can be called by Nigeria and other forward thinking nations of the football world to checkmate the current usurping FIFA under Blatter. To hell with their threats and let the NFF of today probe Maigari and those he gave Nigerian money to in FIFA that forced to bring him back in August only for the important documents to be burnt in the face of a probe at the glass house. Lets call a spade a spade Maigari has a case to answer so is FIFA for all their corrupt activities in Nigeria, Qatar, and many other countries, the current president Sepp Blatter has a case to answer not Nigeria. If he brandish yellow card against us let us give him a red card finish and clar.