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NFF crisis: Nigeria gets FIFA’s September 8 deadline

The world football governing body, FIFA, has given a September 8 deadline for the Nigeria Football Federation to resolve its crisis or be suspended from international football.

FIFA in a letter sent to the NFF on Wednesday said Nigeria would be suspended with immediate effect if the factional president of the federation, Chris Giwa and other purportedly elected officials of the body refuse to vacate the Glass House at the expiration of the deadline.

The statement reads: “Following the decision by the FIFA Emergency Committee, FIFA has today, 3rd September 2014, sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation confirming that the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect should there still be persons claiming to have been elected to NFF positions on August 26, 2014 and occupying their offices on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 08.00 (Central European Time).

“The decision follows events linked to the NFF general assembly held on August 26, 2014. While the said general assembly was duly convened by the NFF Executive Committee to adopt a new roadmap leading to the NFF elections, some members proceeded to hold elections in the absence of the NFF President, who was being held by security forces for questioning.

“In a letter sent on August 29, 2014, FIFA confirmed that it would not recognise the results of the aforementioned elections and that the matter would be brought to the respective FIFA bodies should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on September 1, 2014. On expiry of the deadline, some people were still claiming to have been elected and were occupying the NFF premises.”

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