6th July, 2010
World football governing body, FIFA has commenced an emergency meeting to discussÂ Nigeriaâ€™s situation following President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s reversal of his decision to ban the country from international competitions for two years.
Jonathan, yesterday evening bowed to pressures from both the country and international community, reversing his decision to withdraw the Super Eagles from international competition until 2012.
The presidentâ€™s decision beat yesterdayâ€™s 6 p.m deadline given by FIFA to Nigeria to either rescind the withdrawal or face expulsion from the body and its programmes.
P.M.Sports gathered that FIFA executive body under President Sepp Blatter fixed a meeting for today in Johannesburg, South Africa, to take an official position on the action of the Nigerian government to heed to the ultimatum of the body.
A source who knows about the meeting told P.M.Sports early today that Nigeria may have avoided FIFAâ€™s ban with the action from the government, which was seen by most executives attending the meeting as timely and responsive.
FIFA said in a statement atÂ about 8:43 pm yesterday night that Nigeria met the deadline given to theÂ government to rescind the decisionÂ to withdraw the Super Eagles from international competitions.
“The Nigerian government has today (yesterday) confirmed in a letter to FIFA that it revokes its decision to withdraw Nigeriaâ€™s participation in all FIFA and CAF organised competitions for the next two years.
“In addition, the Nigerian government also recognises the currently elected executive of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF,” FIFA said in the statement.
It wasÂ disclosed that the letter from Nigeria was received by FIFA before yesterdayâ€™s 6 p.m.Â deadline set last Friday, 2 July, and follows mediation talks between FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu and the Nigerian government.
“Therefore, the NFF remains vested with all its statutory rights,” concluded the statement from the Media Department of FIFA.
The implication of this is that Nigeria would not be banned by FIFA, while the impeachment of NFF President,Â Alhaji Sani Lulu with the other two members, has been ratified. Also,Â Aminu Maigari,Â who was electedÂ last weekendÂ asÂ anÂ interim leaderÂ of the body by theÂ Executive Committee, has been givenÂ all powers to adjudicate on footballÂ affairs in Nigeria henceforth.