Nigeria stands a chance to be banned from activities of the Federation of International Football Federation, FIFA, if by August 20, 2018, Chris Giwa does not vacate the football house and status quo maintained.
Giwa first took over the NFF in July while Pinnick was on official assignment at the World Cup in Russia.
He was aided by the Police who led him to the football house to enforce a court order restraining Pinnick from the NFF.
The Jos-born football administrator was later sacked from the NFF by men of the DSS, making way for Pinnick to resume duties as president. But Giwa returned to the secretariat following withdrawal of the security men, a day after the sack of their boss, Lawal Daura.
FIFA delivered the notice in a statement issued out on Monday, August 13, 2018.
In it, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, who has only recognised Amaju Pinnick as the duly elected president of the NFF, warned that Nigeria will be suspended with immediate effect.
“Two decisions of the Bureau of the Fifa Council in relation to undue influence in the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation and the Ghana Football Association have been notified on 13 August 2018,” the FIFA statement read.
“In line with art. 16 par. 1 of the Fifa Statutes, the Bureau of the Fifa Council decided that if by Monday, 20 August 2018, at 12:00 (CET), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF executive committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was duly elected on 30 September 2014, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for contravening art. 14 par. 1 i) and art. 19, as well as art. 14 par. 1 a) of the Fifa Statutes. 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.
Should the status quo not be maintained and Nigeria be subsequently suspended, the action will not affect the participation of the national women junior team, the Falconets, who are competing in the quarter final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.
“Furthermore, the Bureau decided that if the suspension of the NFF takes effect, the Nigerian team currently competing in the Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 will still be allowed to continue to participate in the tournament on an exceptional basis given that the tournament is underway.”
FIFA in another related matter of different entities, issued warnings to the Ghanaian government for its interference in the running of the game.
Ghana’s government took charge of football in the country after former GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned following a video revelation by a Ghanaian journalist where the administrator was recorded receiving bribe.
In a bid to salvage its football, Ghana suspended all national and local football activities whilst it aimed to completely dissolve the GFA through a liquidation suit which is pending in a Ghanaian court.
This action, FIFA finds to be government interference and stands against it; giving the West African until August 27 to withdraw the suit and lift any previous action on football.
“In Ghana, it is noted that formal investigation proceedings are currently being carried out by the chairperson of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee against Mr Nyantakyi, who has been provisionally suspended by a decision taken by the chairperson of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee. However, 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.
“Under these circumstances, the Bureau decided that if the petition to start the liquidation process of the GFA is not withdrawn by Monday, 27 August 2018 at 12:00 (CET), 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.”
In the case of Ghana, FIFA had instituted a two-man liaison to run the game pending the conclusion of the ethics committee investigation on Nyantakyi.