Thursday, July 10, 2014
FIFA BANS NIGERIA WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT FOR GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN NFF
FIFA has banned Nigeria, with immediate effect, from all football relating activities as a result of government interference.
The World Governing body had demanded for the immediate reinstatement of the ousted Aminu Maigari-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which was removed by the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo, in line with an order from a High Court in Jos, in a later dated July 4, 2014 and had given a deadline of July 8 to do so.
In a statement from FIFA eemergency committee,the ban will take effect immiediately; "The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, 9 July 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference''.
They disapproved of the appointment of Lawrence Katken as Acting Secretary-General of the Federation, and refused to recognise the emergency extraordinary general meeting which it said was organised contrary to the NFF's statutes, as an elective congress was already due on 26 August 2014.
FIFA'S Emergency Committee said the ban will only be lifted once the court action is withdrawn, and the elected executive committee members are reinstated.
“The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.”
What this ban means is that no team from Nigeria of any sort (including clubs) can have any international sporting contact (art. 14 par. 3 of the FIFA Statutes).
During the period of suspension, the NFF may not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions, including at club level, or in friendly matches. The most immediate effect is that Nigeria will not be entitled to participate in the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (5-24 August 2014) should the suspension not be lifted by 15 July 2014.
In addition, neither the NFF nor any of its members or officials may benefit from any FIFA or CAF development programmes, courses or training during the suspension period.