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NFF comes under FIFA scrutiny

By Ben Efe

Nigeria Football Federation will come under FIFA scrutiny today as its executive committee, examines the recent happenings that saw Aminu Magari and his elected board resume office, after being kept in hiatus by a court order.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

FIFA had given Nigeria an October 26 deadline to put its football house in order, otherwise Nigerian football will be put in a permanent freeze, pending when the country meets the criteria for FIFA membership.

The NFF was entangled in a web of legal intricacies, after former footballer, Harrison Jalla dragged the federation to court for contravening laid down electoral procedures. Jalla secured a court order barring the conduct of the election. But the election went ahead in defiance of the court order.

That action led to the quashing of the August 26 elections throwing out Maigari and his co-travelers on the board of the NFF. The case came up before a Federal High Court, Lagos Monday, October 25

Following the discontinuation notice by the National Association of Nigeria Footballers, presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang struck out the case and the Aminu Maigari-led board returned to the office. But legal experts believe the board is still not free yet as the court was yet to vacate the earlier order of nullification of the election.

“The Nigeria Federation will be examined this weekend. By then FIFA should be able to come out and say if it is satisfied with the situation on ground,” said a FIFA media statement on Thursday.

The FIFA executive committee has been locked in 48 hour meeting that would be concluded today, after which FIFA president Sepp Blatter will speak on several matters affecting football development.


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