Sequel to the reinstatement of the Aminu Maigari-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), world football ruling body, FIFA yesterday lifted the suspension clamped on Nigeria on July 9 as a result of a court order barring the NFF Executive Committee and the NFF Congress from controlling and managing the affairs of Nigerian football.
In a letter signed by FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, and addressed to Maigari, the world body, in the letter captioned ‘Lifting of the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation,’ stated clearly that they received the correspondence of Thursday, July 17 from the NFF and were satisfied that Nigeria has complied with their demands for reinstatement into international football.
BRAZIL, Costa do Sauipe : Fifa president Joseph Blatter gestures during a press conference in Costa do Sauipe, state of Bahia, Brazil on December 3, 2013. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil final draw will take place December 6. AFP PHOTO
“Since the conditions set by the FIFA Emergency Committee on 9 July, 2014 have been met, the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation is lifted with immediate effect. The lifting of the suspension means that all of NFF’s membership rights have been reinstated, as defined in art. 12 of FIFA Statutes.
“The NFF is therefore entitled to take part again in international competitions and to benefit from all programs which were suspended.”
With this decision, the NFF has stepped up arrangements to ensure that the Falconets, travel to Moncton, Canada next week for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and for the U-17 boys to fly to Democratic Republic of Congo for a 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifier on Sunday, July 27.
Despite the relief from FIFA, the battle for the soul of the NFF is far over as the Ministry of Sports, which many feel instigated the move to oust the Maigari’s board is still keen on seeing the latter’s exit from the Glass House.
Posted By Valentino Godwin