Thursday, July 10, 2014

FIFA suspends Nigeria from international football.

Amid allegations of government interference, The FIFA emergency committee has decided to suspend Nigeria from all international football.
The suspension in accordance to Article 13, par 1 and Article 17, Par 1, of the FIFA Status which states that member associations are to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.
With this suspension, NO Nigerian team including clubs are able to play internationally.
The football governing body gave Nigeria until Tuesday to reinstate the sacked Nigerian Football Federation Executive committee after the NFF was dissolved last week only to be replaced by a sole administrator.

The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing. The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes.

Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on 26 August 2014.
The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their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.