For the umpteenth time this year the world football governing body, FIFA, has given Nigeria a deadline to avoid suspension from international football.
Confederation of African Football President, Issa Hayatou, has warned that Nigeria is in danger of being banned by FIFA by Monday (today) after a court sacked the recently elected Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee. Indeed, it was explained that the Super Falcons were allowed to play the AWC final match against Cameroon on Saturday after a plea was made to FIFA executives led by Sepp Blatter.
Last Thursday, the Federal High Court sitting in Jos gave a ruling setting aside the NFF elections of September 30 in Warri which had allowed in the new Exco. The court ruling has angered FIFA officials who had warned that Nigeria would be banned if there were any further interference from any civil court on purely football matters.
Hayatou told the Minister of Sports Dr. Tammy Danagogo in Windhoek, Namibia that they were fed up with events in Nigeria.
Hayatou said he had to plead passionately with FIFA President, Mr. Sepp Blatter not to take action on Nigeria on Friday, because Nigeria female National team were in the final of the African Women Championship and a ban for the country would have been bad for the competition and our sponsors.
It was believed that at a meeting that had in attendance Danagogo; Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Ambassador Biodun Olorunfemi; Nigeria’s Deputy President of the CAF Appeal Board, Amanze Uchegbulam; CAF General Coordinator, Paul Bassey and CAF media committee member Aisha Falode Hayatou made it clear that Nigeria would be suspended if there was no improvement by the start of the week.
Hayatou said he had appealled to FIFA to give until Monday for Nigeria to put its act together. After that, there is absolutely nothing I can do. It is all very disappointing because we have over 50 national associations in Africa, but a big country like Nigeria is the one always giving us the biggest headache.
“If Nigeria no longer wants to be part of the football world, then so be it.”
FIFA has warned that If Nigeria gets suspended, they will not revisit the matter until their 65th Congress on May 29, 2015.