12 July 2017
The Senate has warned that Nigeria risks ban from international football, if the Acting President fails to sign the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, bill into law.
This was disclosed in Abuja by the Chairman of Senate committee on sports, Obinna Ogba.
According to him, it would be a disaster if the nation incurred the wrath of world soccer governing body (FIFA) on account of the legal battles the NFF was facing in civil courts.
He said the only way the nation can be saved once and for all from the incessant FIFA threat was for the Acting President to as a matter of urgency sign the NFF bill into law.
The Senator said on Tuesday: “My appeal is for the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo to sign the NFF bill into law.
“Once that bill is signed into law, it would save us a lot of trouble. There is a provision in the bill for those in ordinary court now to go to the sports court of arbitration to seek redress. FIFA frowns at people going to ordinary court.
“We freely signed to be a member of FIFA and genuine stakeholders should learn to respect FIFA rules in the interest of the country. We can’t afford to go the way of Sudan that has just been hammered by FIFA.
“Sudan’s World Cup hopes have been frittered away, just like that of their clubs in continental football. Nigeria is too big to go the way of Sudan.”