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Published On: Mon, Jul 7th, 2014

Maigari’s removal unlawful, says Kastina state FA

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Aminu MaigariBy Albert Akota

Following the removal of the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari by an extra-ordinary general assembly and it board members over the weekend,  football pundit has said that the congress does not have such power to remove anybody because of it pending cases in court.

 Kastina state FA representative at the congress, Alhaji Balele Kurfi noted that the removal of Maigari did not followed rule of law of the game.

 “Let’s me tell you, our president was not part of Maigari’s removal because he preaches rule of law, some football fanatics have started going round with rumours that Jonathan was behind his removal.

 “My fear is FIFA ban and the development of the game in Nigeria, FIFA has stated very succinctly that whatever decision reached by the congress will not be recognized.

“FIFA also stated that if the sacked NFF board members are not restated by Tuesday (tomorrow) the case will then be forwarded to the appropriate authority for disciplinary action that is my major fear because it would affect us badly.

“FIFA will not recognize any person or organ not elected in compliance with the NFF statutes (article 17, par 2 and 3 of the FIFA Statutes) and therefore it will not consider the appointment made by the Minister of Sports. An elective Congress has been duly convened by the NFF for 26 August 2014 and only decisions and persons elected then will be considered legitimate.

“The NFF has been asked to relay FIFA’s position to the relevant authorities and inform them that if the aforementioned NFF officials are not fully reinstated, the case will be referred to the appropriate FIFA bodies for sanctions, including the potential suspension of the NFF, “Kurfi explained.

He however implored well meaning Nigerians and president to consider FIFA sanction and return the elected members for the interest of the development in Nigeria.

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