Maigari In Fresh Trouble, As FIFA Lifts Ban On Nigeria


The crisis rocking the Nigerian Football is far from being over despite the vacation of a court Order restraining the board from running football in the country, as aggrieved members of the board are warming up to oust Maigari through a palace coup.

Maigari, it was learnt, is hatching a plan to deal with those perceived enemies within the board now that he was left of the hook by the withdrawal of the court order.

Meanwhile, FIFA Friday lifted the suspension it slammed on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), following the vacation of the court order restraining the Aminu Maigari-led Executive Board from running Nigerian football, 

A statement by FIFA said, the World soccer ruling body has officially communicated the lifting of the suspension to the NFF.

The statement issued by FIFA reads: “FIFA has today, 18 July 2014, lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on 9 July 2014 on account of interference.

FIFA has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn.

As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension as of today, Friday 18 July 2014.

The lifting of the suspension means that all rights of the NFF as a FIFA member as defined in article 12 of the FIFA Statutes are reinstated.”

However, it was gathered that NFF President, Aminu Maigari, is planning to suspend some members of the board that are believed to be against is style of leadership.

The plan to suspend the so called ‘rebel board members’ is being hatched by Maigari, allegedly in collaboration with his key lieutenants, Chris Green, Emeka Inyama and Fresh.

Consequently, Maiagri is billed to address a press conference at the NFF Glass House this morning between 9.00am and 10.00am to announce the suspension.

Interestingly, members of the other group, who are said to be in the majority now are also planning to meet to sack Maigari and three others who are believed to be running a ‘Four-man show’ with him.

As at the time of filling this report, no fewer than seven members out of the board are said to have signed to remove Maigari from office.