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FIFA ban on Nigeria looms today as government refuses to reinstate NFF President Maigari

Published on: 08 July 2014
Nigeria will be banned from global football by the end of today if Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Aminu Maigari and his executive committee are not reinstated by the end of today.

Nigeria will be banned from global football by the end of today if  Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Aminu Maigari and his executive committee are not reinstated by the end of today.

World governing body FIFA will slap an indefinite ban on the West African country for government interference in the sport after an illegal coup was carried out over the weekend to remove Maigari.

This means Nigeria's U17 and U20 male teams will be unable to play in their African qualifiers while the female U20 national team will be unable to play at the World Cup in Canada next month.

The Super Eagles will also be unable to play in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September if Maigari is not reinstated. Adidas has already pulled out of their kit sponsorship of Nigeria.

A weekend meeting of football and government officials in Abuja endorsed the earlier sacking of Maigari and his executive committee for not solving a player payment dispute during the World Cup.

The NFF is now being led by an official appointed by the sports minister.

World body FIFA, which doesn’t allow governments to interfere in football affairs, said it would not recognize Saturday’s meeting and has given Nigeria until Tuesday to reinstate Maigari or face sanctions.

That would likely involve banning the country’s national team and clubs from playing in continental or international tournaments.


Despite the threat, government officials are not backing down after sacking their entire national football federation leadership, ignoring a FIFA directive and risking a ban from internationals for the reigning African champion.

That could leave players like Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Liverpool’s Victor Moses frozen out of next year’s African Cup in Morocco, where Nigeria is due to defend its title.

Maigari was also arrested on his return from the World Cup in Brazil.

Delegates at the emergency meeting said they blamed him for embarrassing Nigeria at the tournament by not resolving the bonus dispute.

Nigeria reached the second round for the first time since 1998 but had its campaign marred by the payment dispute, where players rebelled against the federation after not receiving their money for making the last 16 of the showcase.

Fifa rules protect its members from government interference, and a suspension bars teams and officials from taking part in international matches and meetings.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • OGYA says:
    July 08, 2014 02:19 am
    Nigeria should take a stand againbst this stupid FIFA regulations. Is FIFA ruling Nigeria? Nigeria should use its leadership position and challenge FIFA, set a good example for the rest of Africa. Ghana is a joke to allow FIFA to scare us to forcing Nyantakyi and Akwesi Appiah upon us. Ghana is a coward nation and Nigeria is not. I have now found a new respect for Nigeria.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 08, 2014 03:37 am
    @OGYA That is why they are called the giants of Africa,they don't fear the white man.Ghanaians are wimpy and cowards.
  • Sizzle says:
    July 08, 2014 03:58 am
    Truth be told...Ghanaians are cowards...look at what's happening in Ghana. The people in power are well aware of this fact. They are literally insulting Ghanaians with theirs actions daily and Ghanaians sit there and take it. I have never been soo ashamed to call myself a Ghanaian. May our ancestors punish Mahama, NDC and trickle down all the way to kwasia appiah and every corrupt individual at the GFA. I need to go to Ghana and start a riot against this damn gov.
  • Tank says:
    July 08, 2014 04:45 am
    All Ghana does is run mouth n let others fight for their wars...cowards!
  • Ojuju Spirit says:
    July 08, 2014 06:00 am
    We are cowards? we just don't have time to kidnap innocent little girls. we will rather dance Alkayida. By the way "Alkayida" is a dance not a terrorists group. Sorry but we will rather be cowards than die. After all football is suppose to be fun.
  • Cartel-man says:
    July 08, 2014 06:05 am
    Hahahahah GSN is at it again...will never report anything good about Naija. Report to ur ppl about ur goalkeeper who will be playing in d spanish la-liga dis season with newly promoted side Cordoba. Rally for his blackstars call up bkus he is far better than both Dauda and Kwarasey put together. Report to ur ppl that 19year old Joseph Ondoa of Ghanian descent has been promoted to Barcelona B team that plays in spanish second division from their under-18 squad. Tell ur ppl not to worry that with time ur goal keepin position will be a force to be reckoned with. Ondoa is rated best african star in barca's under19 behind Naija fantastic rigth back Godswill Ekpolo Elohor who will be goin for the pre-seasoning tour with Barca's first team squad dis season.
  • Blakroze GH says:
    July 08, 2014 06:36 am
    Hmmm....."Ghanaians are cowards" interesting discovery by some people who are praying for a brave "Ghanaianlike Rawlings" to come and rescue them from suffering in their own country, let's put all ya theorys to test shall we? Who were the 1st country to gain independence? By sacking the oyibo man? Almighty Naija I guess? Which country has some bands of rebels killing them mercilessly? Erm...I think that will be de cowards Ghanaians as usual abi?...massa, this is foolishness, not bravery, u will realise that when we are all enjoying soccer(failed socccer in Ghana but still soccer) and ya'll be watching behind your Tv sets........
  • Sack Kwesi Appiah Now says:
    July 08, 2014 09:39 am
    People. lets learn this time from Nigerians. It is SIMPLE!! If Kwesi Nyantekyi refuses to sack Kwesi Appiah, LET'S DESOLVE THE WHOLE STUPID GFA AND BE BANNED FOR 2YRS. Because FIFA laws protects Nyantekyi, we ask him to sack Kwesi Appiah and keep his job until he is voted out. Join the group on facebook to add your voice to Sack Kwesi Appiah Now (SKAN) movement.
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