July 9, 2014
Football’s world governing body, FIFA, has finally made good its threat to sanction Nigeria if the NFF’s congress decision to sack President Aminu Maigari and his board wasn’t reversed by today as the apex body announced it has banned the country from all football related activities indefinitely citing government interference as the reason.
The world football governing body had in a letter dated July 4, 2014 demanded for the immediate reinstatement of the ousted Aminu Maigari-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which was removed by NFF congress backed by the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo who said he acted in line with an order from a High Court in Jos.
FIFA has disapproved of the appointment of Lawrence Katken as Acting Secretary-General of the Federation, and refused to recognise the emergency extraordinary general meeting which it said was organised contrary to the NFF’s statutes, as an elective congress was already due on 26 August 2014.
FIFA insist the ban would be lifted once the court action is withdrawn, and the elected executive committee members are reinstated to their positions.