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FIFA set to lift Nigeria suspension as sacked FA executives are reinstated

Published on: 18 July 2014
Amuni Maigari has been returned to his post after government backtracked on his sacking

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Aminu Maigari and his executive committee have been reinstated in office which means FIFA is set to lift the ban on the country.

FIFA slapped an indefinite ban on the country after a court order restraining Maigari and other executive committee members of the federation was vacated on Wednesday.

With the latest move, Nigerians are eagerly waiting for the lifting of FIFA’s suspension on Nigeria.

Nembe City chairman, Mrs Ebiakpo Rumson Baribote, had instituted a suit at the Plateau State High Court in Jos that restrained the NFF and its congress from managing football affairs in Nigeria.

The NFF was subsequently suspended by FIFA for government interference following the appointment of Lawrence Katken to run the football house by the Nigeria sports minister, Dr Tamuno Danagogo.

But on Wednesday, Justice L.P. Lot of the High Court in Jos agreed to vacate the case against Maigari and his NFF board as Nigeria move closer to beating further sanctions from Fifa.

Reinstated NFF general secretary, Musa Amadu, has already communicated with Fifa about the latest development.

Maigari and the NFF executive committee members have now returned to office as instructed by Fifa before it can lift the suspension.

It is now expected that the world football governing body, Fifa, will announce the lifting of the suspension on Nigeria since the court case has been vacated and the NFF executive committee reinstated.

Baribote dragged Nigeria football to a civil court, which is against FIFA statutes, following his recent ban.

The Jos High court ruling led to the country’s sports minister appointing an acting general secretary for the NFF and this in turn led to a FIFA ban on Nigeria.

Ghana has invited its federation to appear before a commission which is similar to a civil court, a decision which drew the attention of FIFA.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • Blakroze GH says:
    July 18, 2014 05:21 pm
    It was here that I said we wouldn't follow 9ja blindly.....where r all those nigerians who were sayin they know how to STAND FOR THEIR RIGHT??? Tweeaaa make man hear word wae.......ya'll brag and when push comes to shove u whimper and grovel on the ground begging to be accepted once more.......yawa big mouthers!!!!
  • Asem says:
    July 18, 2014 01:48 pm
    a word to those who use their hearts to think!!
  • He-goat says:
    July 18, 2014 01:32 pm
    Graa graaa no good oo. Who born dog. Naniyama!! Giant of Africa my foot!
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    July 18, 2014 09:05 am
    Nice..... we cant afford to loose out of the forth-coming FIFA U20 WOMEN WORLD CUP koraa ooooooo... SOUTH AFRICA FA Wo mame twe.. So you guys were praying for our BAN abi??? you immediately applied to represent NIGERIA @WOMEN U20 WC......... Pls someone should help me with south africa football site...