Nigeria could be hit with an international ban by Fifa for government interference in the country’s football administration.
Under Fifa rules, national football associations must not be subject to government control.
Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung has been widely condemned for causing confusion and instigating actions that brought shame to the football community last Wednesday when NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and Giwa FC owner, Christopher Giwa almost engaged in fisticuffs.
The minister’s shameful action was in a desperate bid to please his long time friend and fellow Plateau State indigene, Giwa, in a matter long settled and forgotten.
Fifa last year recognised the election of Pinnick on September, 30, 2014 as the NFF boss, a decision that didn’t go well for Giwa, who went to court and later withdrew the case when Fifa threatened to ban Nigeria. Giwa would not give up. He went to CAS and the highest court for sports matters ruled against him.
A source at the fifa headquarters said “We can confirm that FIFA has been informed by the NFF about the meetings and we hope the right thing will be done to avoid any problems.”
The question on the lips of most Nigerians is why is the minister bringing up this matter that had been settled over a year ago? Dalung who has come under criticisms for dressing like a militant has called for a follow up meeting next week.
Speaking to Nigerian Vanguard Sports, former Secretary-General of the NFF and one time member of House of Representatives, Sani Toro, accused Dalung of ridiculing the image of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari, Toro warned Dalung to call off next week’s scheduled meeting to save the country from international ban by FIFA, which he warned would complicate the employment problem in the country.