By Chineze Ogugua
Nigeria will receive a ban from football activities next week Monday if the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
According to a media statement on the official website of FIFA on Tuesday, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening act 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the FIFA Statutes.
The statement also stated that 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.
It was also decided that if the suspension of the NFF takes effect, the Falconets who are currently participating in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 will still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament on an exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway.
The tussle for the seat of the President of NFF between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick has been on since last year. However, a Federal High Court sitting in Jos adjourned the case till September.
Meanwhile, Ghana is facing similar crisis with FIFA claiming that the country’s government is interfering in the activities of the game.
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