FIFA bans Nigeria from football

FIFA has banned Nigeria from all international football activities with immediate effect as a result of interference from the government.

The world football governing body had in a letter dated July 4, 2014 demanded for the immediate reinstatement of the ousted Aminu Maigari-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which was removed by the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo, in line with an order from a High Court in Jos.

FIFA has disapproved the appointment of Lawrence Katken as Acting Secretary-General of the Federation, and refused to recognise the emergency extraordinary general meeting which it said was organised contrary to the NFF’s statutes, as an elective congress was already due on 26 August 2014.

FIFA insist the ban will only be lifted once the court action is withdrawn, and the elected executive committee members are reinstated.

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