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D-day For Nigeria As FIFA Ban Looms

D-day For Nigeria As FIFA Ban Looms

–Adamu, Sports Minister off to Brazil to meet FIFA

FIFA will today decide whether to refer the case of the Nigeria Football Federation to one of its appropriate bodies for sanctions or respect Nigeria’s high court decision which restrained the Nigeria Football Federation Executive committee led by Aminu Maigari from administering over the affairs of the federation and by extension football in Nigeria.

FIFA had in a letter dated Friday,July 4 and addressed to the NFF expressed concern over the different actions taken by Nigerian public authorities that affect the NFF.

FIFA claimed it learnt from various sources that the NFF was served with court processes and that consequently an order restraining the President of the NFF, his Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

FIFA says it is also aware that the Minister of Sport has appointed an assistant director to take charge of the NFF.

The world governing body for football decried the development and reminded whoever cares to listen that all FIFA member associations have to manage their affairs independently and without influence of any third parties as clearly stipulated in articles 13, par. 1 and 17, par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes.,

FIFA has thus asked the NFF to disregard the ruling of a court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria and relay its position to the relevant authorities and inform them that if the aforementioned Maigari and members of his executive committee are not fully reinstated by Tuesday 8 July 2014 the case will be referred to the appropriate FIFA bodies for sanctions, including the potential suspension of the NFF.

Meanwhile Complete Sports gathered late Monday night that former FIFA executive committee member,Dr Amos Adamu and the Sports Minister,Dr Tammy Danagogo will fly out to Brazil tonight to meet FIFA.

Danagogo has vehemently denied government is interfering in the affairs of the NFF and will seize the opportunity of the visit to let FIFA know that the restraining order came from a court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria and must be respected.

Complete Sports also gathered that a second team of Nigerian officials are scheduled to also fly out at a later date to meet with Issa Hayatou,president of CAF to explain the Nigeria situation so that FIFA can properly understand its laws are not superior to the laws of Nigeria.

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