Nigeria dodges FIFA axe as Chris Giwa ‘steps aside’

by Olorunwa Lawal

Controversial Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Chris Giwa, has stepped aside as Chief executive of the football federation, in conformity the deadline given by FIFA.

Giwa, who had been asked by FIFA to step down or risk a ban for Nigeria, gave up claims as an eligible elected president this morning.

World football governing body had reiterated last week that it did not recognise the August 26 election in which Giwa emerged as the winner and had set a deadline of Monday 07:00 am for him to step aside.

Had Giwa maintained his role as the President of the NFF, Nigeria would have been suspended by FIFA, an act which would have led to the country’s national team, the Super Eagles, missing Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa; and the Super Eagles being kicked out of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

Aminu Maigari is expected to be reinstalled as the NFF president, as it was on August 25.

It will be recalled that in July, Nigeria was banned from global football for nine days due to government interference in the running of the football federation when Maigari was forced out of his post by a court ruling after the World Cup which was held in Brazil.


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