Nigeria says no impending FIFA ban   2014-07-09 17:14:04            

LAGOS, July 9 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian government has dismissed speculations of the nation's impending ban by world football governing body FIFA due to alleged government interference.

Minister of Sports Tammy Danagogo told reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, the capital city of the West African country that there was no threat of an impending ban by FIFA because it was aware of recent happenings in Nigerian football.

A Nigerian High Court on Wednesday in central north city of Jos had granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining some Nigeria Football Association (NFA) members from running Nigeria's football the affairs forthwith.

The members included the then NFA Chairman, Aminu Maigari, as well as the association's board members, and the NFA Congress.

Danagogo, acting on the court's directive had appointed Lawrence Katken, the most senior civil servant in the NFA, as the Acting Secretary-General, pending the determination of the suit.

Consequently, FIFA on Friday sent a warning letter to the NFA, saying its affiliates had to manage their affairs without third party influence.

The letter read in part if the NFA officials are not fully reinstated by July 8, the case would be referred to the appropriate FIFA bodies for sanctions, including Nigeria's potential suspension.

While reacting to speculations that FIFA would ban Nigeria on Tuesday, the minister was insistent that nothing of such would happen.

Danagogo told reporters that it was untrue that he was in Brazil with some officials of the National Sports Commission (NSC) to mediate with the leadership of FIFA.

He said any intervention from the government side would be in the interest of the game.

Editor: Yang Yi
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