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NFF to face another FIFA suspension

29 August 2014, 13:41

Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation is facing further censure from FIFA following a controversial split in the governing body's leadership.

Earlier in the week, Chris Giwa was elected NFF president with the backing of the country's Ministry of Sport, with outgoing head Aminu Maigari conspicuous in his absence.

It later emerged that Maigari and NFF secretary Musa Amadu had missed the crucial meeting on Tuesday as they had been detained by the Department of State Security for "general questioning".

However, there was another twist in the tale as a rival group of committee members subsequently held their own meeting where it was decided that the decision to appoint Giwa would be contested.

Also read: Sports editors wade into Nigeria football crisis

And with the decision to name Giwa as Maigari's successor contravening FIFA's ruling that the electoral process had to be "free and open to everybody", it appears that Nigeria's involvement in African competitions could once again be suspended.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that referees for the country's domestic leagues have decided to suspend their activities as a means of protesting the recent change in the NFF's presidency.

In statement by signed by secretary general of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), it was revealed that a working committee has directed that all referees withdraw from matches in the Nigeria premier league, the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Federation Cup and the women's league "until sanity is restored" in Nigerian football.

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