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Nigeria risks FIFA ban again after court sacks entire Executive Committee

Published on: 04 July 2014
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter

Nigeria is again in danger of being banned by world football body FIFA after the government appointed a sole administrator for the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday after a court sacked the executive committee.

Nigerian sports minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday appointed Lawrence Katiken to run the country’s football after a high court in Plateau State granted an injunction stopping elected NFF president Aminu Maigari, his executive committee and the NFF congress from office.

This is a direct interference by government in football, which FIFA frown at and which has attracted their wrath often in the form of a worldwide ban.

FIFA equally kick against law court for the resolution of football matters.

The country was threatened with a FIFA ban in 2010 just after the Super Eagles crashed out of the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa.

This was as a result of the federal government’s decision to withdraw the country from all international competitions for two years and sack the NFF management.

The government also called for a corruption probe of the NFF.

However, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will later rescind this decision for FIFA to spare the country.

But later in 2010, the FIFA hammer finally fell on the country when top Nigeria FA officials were dragged before a court.

The ban was only quashed when the court ruling was set aside.

It has been learnt that an NFF congress has been called for later Friday in Abuja, but this was most certainly not by the NFF president Maigari, who has the power to do so and who is only expected back in the country from the World Cup in Brazil on Friday.

Nigeria reached the knockout stage of the World Cup in Brazil for only the third time in their history after they did so in 1994 and 1998.

Last year, the country also won the Africa Cup of Nations as well as a fourth FIFA U17 World Cup.

The four-year tenure of Maigari’s executive committee will run out at the end of August and elections to the board are slated for Warri then.

An electoral body has been set up in this respect and forms for candidates have since gone on sale.


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  • jerry says:
    July 04, 2014 04:54 pm
    All our leaders are corrupt even the president of the nation too is more corrupt how on earth can a sport minister cause financial loss to the state and instead the father of the nation do something about it and let the law arrest the minister and the FA president and his people the president has giving another duty or post to the minister of youth and sports this tells that the president is also corrupt they all know what they were doing we shouldn't be surprise the president will get his share of the money das why he has giving another post to sports minister they all know what they are up to and they dont want to sack anyone for the person to leak or tell the truth to disgrace em das why and to the players if they did not come out and tell eir side of the story and sit there mute then all the time they FA and executives will always put blame on them is about the players have to opened eir mouth and speak the truth they know and again all the players should boycott international matches to serve a warning to the corrupt leaders we then if they will go and bring eir families to come and play for the national team they treat the players like a slaves this is pure nonsensical a word to the wise to the players is enough
  • amoah freeman says:
    July 04, 2014 07:25 am
    That is why they are giant of africa they do things that no one can do because they do giant things on like coward ghanaian.
  • Boro says:
    July 04, 2014 07:41 am
    His excellency john dramani mohama should do same if corrupt nyantakyi and stupid coach akwasi appiah fail to voluntarily resign from their positions.
  • beautiful says:
    July 04, 2014 08:22 am
    Guys here is Kwarasey's interview on what happened. Kwasi appiah was really lying. Something did happen. What he is saying that the players don't know his selection is a lie. How Iwish the pplayers were at the press meeting to answer questions too. They should come out and tell us their part of the truth cos it seems the officials are putting the blame on them Here is the interview
  • beautiful says:
    July 04, 2014 08:23 am
    ‘Hurt’ Kwarasey ready to quit Black Stars; feels ousted duo unfairly treated       Black Stars goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey has revealed his intention to call it quits with the national team after a rather difficult experience with the national team at the 2014 World Cup. The 26-year old Stromsgodset goalkeeper after being handed a start in the opening game against USA was looking forward to a great World Cup experience but his expectations was cut short as he dropped to the bench for Fatau Dauda to take his place in the subsequent group games – a decision by head coach Kwesi Appiah the shot-stopper believes was not performance-based. Kwarasey is now back in Norway talking about the scandals during the tournament, which ruined his football dream. He calls it a sick experience. “I would still have been pissed if it wasn't for the joy it was to come home to my son who was born during the World Cup, says the goal keeper of Strømsgodset." “I don’t think any other football player in Norway has experienced what happened with us in Brazil. It was a sick experience. Outside the pitch it happened way too much that a football player shouldn’t have to be a part of. Trouble with the flights, the hotels and internal problems,” he said in an interview with VG Sporten on Thursday. QUESTION: Did it all explode when Sulley Muntari hit an executive committee member of the Ghana FA during a team meeting? "Things like that happen when it gets to that point. At the end you get fed up. I understand his reaction after what we experienced." QUESTION: What’s your opinion about the decision that Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari were thrown out of the team? "I think it was unfair. I don’t think they did anything wrong. They stood up for the rest of the players. They spoke out, they told the truth. The truth was maybe too much for the guys running the FA." QUESTION: After playing the opening match against USA, you were axed from the starting line up just an hour or two before the second match against Germany? "It was hopeless. We had a match meeting four or five hours before the game. At that meeting I was in the team. Then it was a little bit back and forward. And suddenly I was out. I asked why. The coach didn’t look me in the eyes. He just looked down and said sorry. Then I understood that it probably wasn’t his choice." QUESTION: Now are you considering a break from playing for Ghana? "It’s no point travelling to Ghana if it is other things than how you perform that decides if you play or not."
  • Solo uk says:
    July 04, 2014 09:56 am
    U see why I insist kwasi appiah should be sacked. Now come out and say kwaresey is not telling the truth. Can kwasi appiah say it is a lie our fabrication Didn't he say that no one gets to know the team sheet prior to a game? Please kwasi resign immediately. You are not fit for the job
  • Tampa- USA says:
    July 04, 2014 01:36 pm
    Adam Kwarasey, please do not quit the Black Stars of GHANA team cos you are a "fixed asset" to the Ghana nation. Having said the above, I fell and share your pain and frustrations- the way the coach Appiah and his money-making machines crooks treated you, particularly dropping you off the "starting 11" in the eleventh hour for a bench warmer, Daudu just based on his perceived notion that "the coach knows my capabilities." Surprise surprise, he was right and coach Jame Appiah bought it. What a shame. Adam, you are a dependable and a better goalkeeper... you have demonstrated and continue exhibit these capabilities for Norway' top league club which I really enjoys. I am with you in this- in Ghana, the is discrimination based on tribalism, regionalism, language, skin-color, financial status and deadly corruption plays big and deep in making vital decisions that affects the Ghana nation; that is not right and should not be allowed going forward in future Black Stars call-ups. My advise to citizens of Ghana is, stand up in a civil and peaceful way to fight out and destroy this tribalism in soccer sports and re-install sports decency and pride and bold to our beloved nation, Ghana. My fellow Ghanaian, you have the power to do this- "soccer revolution" to make sure the GFA, Sport Ministry is well combed and cleaned up so that any fragments that still lives around are rid out for good so that our beloved Black Star flies high again. Though I disagreed with coach James Appiah's decision-making leading to USA-Ghana match defeat, I still think he should not be fired so that he can correct his wrongs. I believe he as a coach has learned some valuable tactical lessons and hope the GFA would give him all the authoritative tools needed- without Government interference to select and call-up potential players both locals, U-20s and Ghanaian foreign-based players who are: committed, love-for-my-country, die-hard patriots. Adam Kwarasey, in my opinion, you have shown all these characters but still was not given the chances to blend and develop with the rest of the Ghanaian society- team for that matter. James Appiah, if you really wanna stamp out your full authority as a respected coach, stay away from player-management-family corruption staffs and be satisfied with what suffering Ghanaian tax payer gives you. Please select a strong and committed team to play for the love of the game and country. This is for the team, Black Stars of GHANA, I know how deadly you can be if you really wanna be...Please pour your whole heart out for Ghana and forget dirty egoism, riches,fame and class warfare and do the honorable thing- bring enviable good name and PRIDE to our beloved GHANA. Discipline, commitment and dedication and anti-corruption attitude is key to our successes in future tournaments. GO GHANA BLACK STARS
  • selfmade says:
    July 04, 2014 01:42 pm
    It seems when it comes to football politics, JONATHAN IS THE MANDELA IN AFRICA! I simply adored and admired him for boldness in relation to football issues! Kudos mister president! U shown that u have balls when it comes to football and u did that after south Africa fiasco and super eagles came back strongly to win the AFCON! What is our president doing?
  • OGYA says:
    July 04, 2014 02:09 pm
    I LOVE NIGERIA. Why is Ghana not following Nigeria's steps. FIFA should go to hell as far as I am concerned. We as a country cannot sit bye and allow Nyantakyi to do whatever he wants at the GFA. Ghanaians should rise up and storm the GFA demanding his resignation. I am sick and tired of this idiot being forced into our throat because of FIFA's dumb rule and forcing another monkey Akwesi Appiah on us. We demand accountability to our GFA. If you do not produce, the president of our country should have the ability to replace you and not some FIFA rule. Nyantakyi has been at the GFA for too long stealing and embezzling the GFA money. As a lawyer he has no capability to practice law and therefore using the GFA as a way to make a living. Enough is enough. He has to go by force.
  • elie says:
    July 04, 2014 02:25 pm
    What is Ghana waiting for.. ?????
  • Benito says:
    July 04, 2014 02:34 pm
    Please join the campaign to throw out these stupid officials at gfa and government officials who have reduced this our beloved country to a global scandal and embarrassment. Some of us living in the USA have become a laughing stock. Stupid'stupid government .we have stone age men running a country. How could a government in this modern fly just $3millions with 27 fools accompanying it all the way from Accra ?
  • TrueGhanaian says:
    July 04, 2014 03:06 pm
    A good one there;bro selfmade.president Mahama has to do something.why can we Ghanaians allow such a corrupt dictator Kwesi Nantakyi and the so called incapable coach Akwasi Appiah ,to run our mighty Black Stars?the best thing is to organise a massive demonstration to force them out.what do you think?bro.;or we the fans and citizens stop supporting and boycouting any black stars matches,as long as these two crooks stay on.we have to take the matter in our own hands and kick them out before they destroy our dear black stars.Akwasi Appiah call himself a coach,but could not win a single match at the world cup.with all these talented players we have.shame on you;AA.You guys should step down now.A for you corrupt Kwesi Nantakyi;the black stars is not your personal property.ok?its for the nation.You fool.we the fans are coming for your ass,and we mean it.idiots
  • Ike says:
    July 05, 2014 03:53 am
    Ghanaians are only good at running their dirty mouths .