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Nigeria given Friday deadline by FIFA

BLATTER-STANDABUJA, October 29- Nigeria will be banned from all football unless a court decision that sacked the country’s recently elected FA executives is not overturned by Friday, world governing body FIFA announced on Tuesday.

A leadership crisis has bedeviled the African champions for the past four months despite several interventions by FIFA, who have now warned it will slap a lengthy ban on it.

Last week, a group led by Chris Giwa secured a court ruling that sacked the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) executive committee led by Amaju Pinnick.

Giwa, who maintains he was elected NFF president on August 26 although FIFA refused to recognise it, took the matter to court in contravention of FIFA statutes forbidding football issues to be deliberated in a civil court.

But a letter from FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke to Pinnick, who was elected as president of the NFF on September 30, said FIFA had extended the deadline for Nigeria till Friday as an opportunity to avoid a lengthy ban.

“This gives Nigerian football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy suspension,” stated Valcke in his letter.

“We inform you that if by Friday 31 October 2014 at midday Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case (the Jos Federal High Court ruling that sacked the Pinnick led NFF board) has been definitively withdrawn from court and that the board elected on 30 September 2014 is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for implementation of the suspension,” he added.

On Tuesday, it was revealed the country’s sports minister was locked in a meeting with Pinnick and the group led by Giwa in Abuja in a bid to ensure Nigeria avoided the ban.

The NFF have also appealed the court ruling and also requested a stay of execution.

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Their appeal is to be heard on Wednesday in Jos.

The crisis has been going on since July when Nigeria was suspended briefly after another court in Jos sacked the NFF then led by Aminu Maigari and the country’s sports minister appointed a civil servant to run the federation.

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  1. KamaawaChicago

    November 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Kwani ODM is a paper tiger? And the way I have hopes that its the party to reform and drive Kenya to Vision 2030 after next year’s polls. Please advise. 

    • Barmasai Felix

      November 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      It is not the party to drive reform…it is Kenyans….But it seems Kenyans only glorify monsters like Nyambati who fight for MPs not to pay tax. Kenyans really deserve all the screwing they get from politicians….i don’t cry at all…..Kenyans should eat what they planted. Politicians will screw them and they happily bend over

  2. Barmasai Felix

    November 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    kenyans deserve the leaders they elect; Nyambati, Sonko, Waititu et al….

  3. Ukweli

    November 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hahaha. ODM is a useless tribal party whose influence is daily reducing into Luo Nyanza and Kibera. Wapi Orengo, Midiwo, Nyongo, Mbadi and Namwamba to reject the polls?

  4. Mimi

    November 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Way to GO !   ODM should be shown dust.  And they will have to be, come 2012.  I am happy they lost this one in Kisii.  POLE sana RAO.  Go nurse your tears.

  5. Daggiefresh

    November 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

    ..,you cannot claim to own what you never had in the first place.., the seat was previously held by PNU., and they have reclaimed it back., so, how is this an upset to ODM?.. im just wondering., just like Ikolomani., they tried thier best and lost.., which is pretty much normal in a democracy., ok, moving on forward., so much of kenyans crying for change., im just hoping that this is not an indication of 2012..,

  6. Muths

    November 29, 2011 at 6:30 am

    PNU Alliance is serving notice to ODM and Raila but the message is being ignored. notice was served at Kamukunji. it was again served in Ikolomani and lately at Kitutu Masaba. when it finaly sinks in as it is bound to with this loss, ODM will drop the bravado and re-engineer the party failure to which RAO will face a humiliating defeat in 2012. I cant stop thinking of the chest thaimbing that would ensue had ODM won this seat. its nice to see how PNU-A just socks in the win magnanimously. its how i expect mature parties to be organised.

  7. Alexmtmt

    November 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

    This is a clear indication of how the elections in 2012 will be. ODM should stop boasting to be popular things have changed and kenyans know their destiny. The only advice is that PNU alliance should remain united  so as to be assured of easy victory come 2012.

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