15 August 2018

Nigeria: FIFA Suspension - Act Now Before It's Too Late, Toro, Duamlong Tell Govt

Photo: 2010 FIFA OC
Fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup (file photo).

Jolted by the Monday, August 20 2018 deadline given by FIFA for Nigeria to put its football federation in order, Nigeria football stakeholders have urged the Federal government to act and saved the country embarrassment.

Following the renewed conflict of interest at the Nigeria Football Federation, the world soccer ruling body gave Nigeria and also Ghana a final warning yesterday, urging the government to hand over the headquarters of the NFF to the faction of federation recognized by CAF and FIFA.

"The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick... the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect," FIFA said in a statement.

"The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices."

Speaking on the issue former Nigeria Football Federation secretary-general and former chairman House Representatives sports committee, Sanni Toro said the FIFA suspension was long in coming and now its up to the government to do something fast. "The Federal government should have the political will to settle this matter once and for all.

"It is like we caught in a crossfire. We have ruling of the courts and FIFA statues to contented with.

"If we decide to abide by FIFA statues, we make our court rulings look inferior.

"We have made some recommendations to the reconciliation committee. And of course we expect that the only way out is for the party that went to court withdraw the case and have the judgment' vacated,"

Also former Plateau United coach Ben Duamlong stated that the issue is resolved amicalbly.

"Court case, FIFA case, my guess the Hon. Minister for sports will be in a better position to answer this one. Don't forget he is a lawyer!

"But honestly speaking, the whole scenario is disgusting. Worst of all, nobody is saying anything for or against the suicidal joke, I mean the so called stake holders.

"Are we saying the waring parties don't have people they defer to, who can convince them to get off this suicidal ride"

"We can only hope this is resolved amicably."


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