FIFA May Ban Nigeria

By Ikenga Chronicles July 12, 2018

The counsel to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Festus Keyamo SAN, on Wednesday warned that the country may be banned by the world football governing body, FIFA, if the crisis in the federation is left unresolved.

A Jos court failed to deliver judgment on the case between the embattled NFF President Amaju Pinnick and his challenger, Chris Giwa.

The four-year-old case was expected to be resolved at the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday but it was adjourned to September 25.

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Pinnick has been the NFF president since 2014 but a Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago gave Giwa the mandate, and he has since assumed office. Justice Musa Kurta, the presiding judge in the case between Yahaya Adama and Aminu Maigari, had, on June 5, given an ex-parte order , pending the determination of an application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the case.

Instead of finally resolving the case, drama ensued on Tuesday as both sets of lawyers failed to agree on certain processes and Justice Kurye adjourned to September 25, as he noted that the court was on vacation.

Keyamo told NAN in an interview that an imminent ban loomed for Nigerian football if the right steps were not taken by the parties involved.

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“The grave implication of the adjournment and failure to resolve this case is that Giwa will continue to claim leadership of the NFF in defiance of his lack of recognition by FIFA and the global body could ban the country.

“The only NFF recognised by FIFA is the one headed by Pinnick, who is also the Vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

“I have pointed out to the court that the FIFA hammer is eminent. Let us not pretend that this is not happening.

“This is not for myself, Pinnick or Giwa but for the future of our country. It is for the future of our children who earn a daily living from football.

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“The loss and catastrophe will be so colossal that even our local league will be affected. So, I am just sounding a note of caution to everyone involved that the earlier we dispose of this, the better,” he said.

He noted that FIFA had already reacted in a letter written to NFF, stressing that the world football governing body did not mince words in the letter.

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