Maigari’s NFF board: ‘Not yet uhuru’

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By Ben Efe

World soccer governing body, FIFA might have saved the Aminu Maigari led board from the dustbin of infamy, but the power brokers who wanted to force a change are back to drawing board to reconstruct how to ouster Maigari and his co travelers.

A top sports ministry source disclosed that the forth coming NFF elections could the trump card that will be used by the group who felt that the individuals running Nigeria football presently have outlived their usefulness. Also it was gathered that the Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo is studying the situation, most especially the ‘probe me if you can’ message sent to the government by the NFF board members after their meeting on Thursday in Abuja.

“We can say that it is not yet Uhuru for the Aminu Maigari board. I doubt if key officials of the NFF will get government backing if they so desire to run for re-election.

“The Sports minister has noted their wish to be probed. Most definitely the books of the NFF will be opened and Nigerians will be informed of what has transpired,” said the sports ministry official yesterday.

Tamuno Danagogo, Sepp Blatter and Aminu Maigari

Tamuno Danagogo, Sepp Blatter and Aminu Maigari

FIFA lifted the suspension on Nigeria after a Jos court order restraining the NFF board was vacated. But it is now a question of when the elections that will determine the fate of the board will be held. It was previously slated for August 26.

Meanwhile former NSC top shot and FIFA executive committee member, Amos Adamu has unwrapped the scenarios that led to the banning and unbanning of Nigeria by FIFA. He also warned that football officials should learn to abide by the rules to avoid such embarrassing moments in the future.

“I had read about the NFF being dragged to court.  And soon after, I got a call from the sports minister inviting me to come over.

“I made the minister understand that FIFA will not tolerate football matters being in court and so, the suit will have to be vacated and he agreed. I immediately called the CAF president (Issa Hayatou), and explained to him and also asked him to plead on Nigeria’s behalf. He agreed but warned that the case must be withdrawn from the court.

“When we learnt that the courts in Nigeria were on strike, I pleaded with the FIFA president to extend the deadline, which he graciously agreed to.”

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