NFF Crisis: Chris Giwa Assures FIFA Won’t Ban Nigeria


Factional President of Nigeria Football Federation, Ambassador Chris Giwa has declared that the country does not deserve to be banned by FIFA.

He stated this in a statement, arguing that Nigeria has not gone foul of the FIFA rules tro earn FIFA’s hammer.

FIFA last week stated that in line with its statutes if the NFF offices are not handed back to the NFF executive committee led Amaju Pinnick by today, 20 August, 2018, Nigeria will be suspended with immediate effect.

“In any case, nobody wants Nigeria to be suspended or banned, as efforts are being made to avoid it, even as we know some people instigated it.

“We hope to resolve this unfortunate development caused by people, who think they are bigger than the country and its laws, but no matter how far they go, the long arm of the law will catch up with them, some day,” he pointed out.

He further stated: “It’s unfortunate that the government has been dragged into this whole leadership tussle, even when it was glaring it had no involvement in the crisis, but it suits the narrative of those beating the drum of FIFA ban”.

Giwa added that, “We hope all this will be resolved, and the country, comes out the winner, as against the posturing of ‘we can do without the government’ because sports cannot grow and develop without the active involvement of government of Nigeria.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Nigeria has not done anything to deserve any suspension because, the law of natural justice expects you hear from parties in disputes and not just from one party. Even an armed robber caught in the act is also given a fair hearing, but regrettably FIFA has failed to do in this instance.”

Chris Giwa