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Nigeria, Ghana Football Could Face FIFA Bans

Nigeria, Ghana Football Could Face FIFA Bans Nigeria, Ghana Football Could Face FIFA Bans

Nigeria and Ghana could face international football bans this month over political interference with their football associations, world soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Tuesday in a final warning to the two African nations.

FIFA said the Nigerian federation must be led by its elected president, voted in back in 2014, and its executive committee amid domestic challenges to the federation leadership, Reuters reported.

“The Bureau of the FIFA Council decided that if by August 20, the Nigeria Football Federation offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick... the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect,” FIFA said in a statement.

“The suspension would be lifted only once the NFF, under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, confirms that it has been given back effective control of the NFF and its offices,” the statement added.

FIFA said any ban would not affect the Nigerian team currently competing in the women’s Under-20 World Cup in France as the tournament is already underway. Nigeria also took part in the men’s World Cup in Russia in June.

Ghana will also be banned this month if an order to liquidate its FA is not withdrawn.

“The Bureau of the Council considers that the petition introduced by the attorney general to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence in the affairs of the GFA in contravention of art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19 par. 1 of the FIFA Statutes,” FIFA said.

“Under these circumstances, the bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by August 27, the GFA will be suspended with immediate effect. The suspension would be lifted only once the above-mentioned petition is withdrawn and FIFA is given written proof thereof,” FIFA added.

 

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