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.