Fifa rejects Nigeria football elections
Fifa have rejected the election of Chris Giwa as the new president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and warned that Nigeria could be banned by Tuesday if he does not vacate the post by midnight on Monday.
It follows a controversial Nigerian Football Federation ‘election’ last week,
Fifa said they do not recognise the executives’ election from Tuesday, although football’s world governing body said that “it appears the ministry of sports has recognised them.”
“We will not recognise the outcome of the above mentioned elections and should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on Monday 1 September 2014, we will bring the case to the appropriate Fifa body for sanctions, which may include the suspension of the NFF,” said the Fifa statement on Friday.
In Friday’s letter, Fifa accepted the decision of the majority congress where 39 of its 44 members resolved at an ad hoc general assembly, for executive committee elections in Nigeria to now take place on 4 September.
The disputes within the NFF have already led to a Fifa intervention, international suspension and the enforced return – twice – of outgoing NFF president Aminu Maigari.
Another ban could affect Nigeria’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Congo and South Africa early next month.
However the man who has found himself in the eye of the storm, Chris Giwa, has played down the Fifa threat.
“We will present our position to Fifa by Monday morning and they will be convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that we adopted the correct statutes before organising the election,” said Giwa.
“We call on Nigerians not to panic. The NFF is not intimidated and we do not expect any sanction because we have done the appropriate thing.
“There is absolutely nothing to fear. Our response is ready. FIFA will receive the position of the Federation and will be convinced that elections have, indeed, taken place,” Giwa added.
The crisis caused by the purported election has meant league matches will not be played across the country as scheduled this weekend after
until the situation is resolved.
Football journalists in the country have called on Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene.
On Friday, the country’s National Assembly – comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives – summoned all parties in the NFF to a meeting to resolve the crisis plaguing Nigeria football.
In addition to the deep divisions in the NFF, the Super Eagles are still without a permanent coach after Stephen Keshi’s contract was not renewed after the World Cup.
He has agreed only to take temporary charge of the team for their
having grown impatient with negotiations over a new deal.
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28995537
August 30th, 2014