FIFA Threatens To Ban Nigeria, Ghana From Its Activities
World football ruling body, FIFA has given Nigeria and Ghana up till August 20 to stop official interference in the countries’ football associations or face being expelled from all its activities.
Fifa on Monday reviewed two decisions of its council in relation to undue influence in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The world football ruling body decided that in line with article 16 paragraph 1 of its statutes, “if by Monday, August 20, 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on September 30 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes.
The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof.”
The NFF has been engulfed in a leadership crisis since 2014 with Jos club owner, Chris Giwa challenging Pinnick’s right to head the federation.
Recently, the Chris Giwa group forcefully took over the NFF secretariat claiming it was acting based on a Supreme Court judgment.
The substantive case is currently at a Federal High Court based in Jos.
Fifa said the ban would only be lifted once Pinnick has confirmed the NFF is back under his effective control.
Still with football, The Nigeria U-17 National Team otherwise known as the Golden Eaglets will be hugely depleted when the 2019 U-17 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers gets started in a fortnight’s time, after a staggering 15 players out of 40 failed the mandatory MRI screening conducted in Abuja.
The players who have been sent home from the team’s camp will be replaced by another set who will also have to undergo the MRI scan.
Coach Manu Garba’s team are to begin their qualifying campaign on September 3rd against Burkina Faso.
They are drawn in Group B along with Cote d’Ivoire and Benin Republic with only the overall winners of the seven-team qualifying competition advancing to the tournament proper in Tanzania next year.