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Nigeria has been suspended from all international football related activities by FIFA due to government interference.

Following its emergency meeting today Wednesday, FIFA has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect over allegation of “government interference”.

The football governing body waited 24 hours after its earlier issued Tuesday deadline over the the illegal dissolution of the Aminu Maigari-led NFF board, Goal.com reports.

After Nigeria lost to France in the Round of 16, a court order forced the sports minister to place a senior civil servant in charge of the NFF owing to counter allegations.

Due to the suspension, no Nigerian team including club sides, can compete with other nations, even in friendly matches. Until the situation is resolved, Nigeria will not participate in any regional, continental or international competitions.

“The FIFA Emergency Committee has decided today, July 9, 2014, to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with immediate effect, on account of government interference.

The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on July 4, 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing.

The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes.

Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on August 26, 2014.

The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.” read the statement on FIFA’s official website.

This new development means Nigeria will not participate in FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

11 Comments

  1. mrs chidukane

    July 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    APC is at it again.

    • Olanma

      July 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      I’m not a fan of any political party in Nigeria. But what has this got to do with APC? I’m actually stunned. Please explain.

    • mrs chidukane

      July 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you for the question Mr Moderator, lol. If you follow Reuben Abati and co on twitter, everything bad that happens in Nigeria including things not necessarily bad but unfavorable to GEJ is attributed to APC. For example, the #bringbackourgirls protests, boko haram and co. Which is why I decided to beat them to it and proclaim this the handwork of APC.

    • Bullet

      July 10, 2014 at 6:33 am

      ….meen..so myopic and narrow minded…so sad at your thinking level!!….is this supposed to be a joke?

  2. @edDREAMZ

    July 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    USA all the way….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. Kiks

    July 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Haba!!!

  4. asgrl

    July 10, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Could someone explain to me what exactly FIFA means by government interference? It’s not easily gleaned from the article. What exactly was the violation? The fact that the court ordered the dissolution of the NFF board?

    Is FIFA allowed to take actions as a result of bureaucratic decisions taken by sovereign countries? I’m confused.

    • Fan girl

      July 10, 2014 at 2:42 am

      Yes FIFA can do as they please when the government interferes with the national soccer team. Apparently the sacking of Aminuvis politically so FIFA took action.

    • Anon

      July 10, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Yes, it’s a statute. The operative sentence being “the illegal dissolution.” The board has a tenure and should be made to serve out its term of office.

  5. sum1special

    July 10, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Disciplinary action needs to be taken against NIgerians, i support that.

  6. cjnexel

    July 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I think it’s crazy for FIFA to sanction Nigeria , be course so criminals where chased out of office no wonder the super Eagles players refused to play on till they where paid and I just ready from the news that some hotels which where used by the Super Eagles are still being owed but the government made provision for that ,how come the same FIFA weren’t complaining of Government interference then ,what of the case of missing money on a plan ?,I have never heard about that before .this is happening because FIFA as an association is also corrupt so am no surprised.

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