FIFA threatens to ban Nigeria in 5 days’ time

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FIFA says by August 20 if the power tussle between the Chris Giwa led-board and that of Amaju Pinnick is not resolved in favour of the latter, it will suspend Nigeria from international football competition.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the world football governing body said Nigeria will be suspended for contravening FIFA statutes in relation to undue influences.

Giwa had on July 1, 2018 forcefully taken over the NFF secretariat as president-elect of the federation, claiming his authority from a Supreme Court ruling. But on July 23rd State Security operatives ejected the Giwa-led board to reinstate Pinnick and his executives.

The statement said the suspension will be lifted when Pinnick and the NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that they have effective control of the NFF and its offices.

According to FIFA, if the suspension takes effect, the Falconets competing at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France will be allowed to remain in the tournament on an ‘exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway’. It could, however, affect the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles on September 7.

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