FIFA Issues Nigeria Football Federation Last Warning

FIFA has given Nigeria final deadlines to avoid international suspensions because of outside interference in football associations, reports QED.

FIFA said Tuesday that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) headquarters must be handed back to the elected leadership by Monday or the country will be suspended from international competition.

Chris Giwa faction has risen up to mount a serious menace on the Amaju Pinnick-led leadership.

Giwa and his cohort have taken over the Glass House twice.

The group claims a Federal High court order gives them control of the federation.

A suspension means Nigerian national teams won’t be allowed to take part in any international competitions, although FIFA said the Nigerian women’s under-20 team currently competing at the World Cup in France would be able to continue in that tournament “on an exceptional basis” because it has already started.

Similarly, Ghana has been given until August 27 to reverse a court order dissolving its football association.

The government ordered the GFA to be dissolved after allegations of widespread corruption in Ghanaian football were made in an undercover documentary.

FIFA doesn’t allow governments to interfere in the running of soccer bodies.

The undercover documentary captured GFA president and FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi allegedly accepting a cash gift of $65,000 from undercover journalists.

Nyantakyi, who was also a vice president of the African confederation, resigned from his roles.

He has been provisionally suspended by FIFA and is under investigation by the body’s ethics committee.

Cash gifts are prohibited by FIFA.

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