10 Sep 2014

Nigeria avoid FIFA ban

Fifa has confirmed that African champions Nigeria have avoided a ban from global football.

The threat of suspension was lifted after Aminu Maigari was allowed to continue as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

His position has been questioned by Chris Giwa, whose election last month Fifa refused to recognise.
"Conditions in our correspondence of 3 September have been complied with and the NFF is not suspended," said Fifa.
However, Fifa warned that further complications in holding elections will lead to a ban.

Maigari's main task now is to plan for elections to be held as soon as possible for the NFF presidency and board members.
"We inform you that should the electoral process be affected by any interference or mishap, the case will be referred again - and without prior notice or warning - to the appropriate Fifa bodies for immediate suspension of the NFF until the next Fifa Congress," the letter stated.
Fifa's next congress is in May 2015.

Giwa had claimed to have been elected NFF president on 26 August but Fifa did not recognise him and gave him a deadline of Monday morning for him to step aside.

He failed to appear at the NFF offices on Monday and a case has been taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on behalf of Giwa's committee.

A Fifa suspension could have led to Nigeria missing Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa.

The Confederation of African Football said last week that the Super Eagles would be kicked out of the 2015 qualifying campaign if they failed to play the fixture.


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