Minister orders immediate resolution of NFF crisis

Tuesday 28 October 2014

/ by Colin Udoh
Danagogo wants crisis resolved 

The Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo has ordered quick and unambiguous resolution of the crisis threatening to tear the Nigeria Football Federation apart, and directed feuding parties to sheathe their swords in the interest of peace.


Danagogo, at a meeting with top officials of the Federation and the faction led by Ambassador Chris Giwa, specifically charged that the court case entered into by the Giwa faction should immediately be withdrawn to save Nigeria from impending FIFA hammer. He also confirmed holding a meeting with President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), Alhaji (Dr) Issa Hayatou in Windhoek on Saturday, where the CAF supremo told him in no uncertain terms that FIFA and CAF have had it up to their neck with Nigeria.


“Dr. Hayatou told me Nigeria could actually have been stopped from playing the final of the African Women Championship in Namibia on Saturday, but he had to plead with FIFA to stop its Emergency Committee from taking immediate action. He also explained that such an occurrence would have handed the trophy automatically to Cameroon, and people would have thought that being a Cameroonian, he instigated such to favour his country.


“The CAF President was really unhappy with us. He brought out documents which constitute the protocols that every country wishing to be in the international football family had to sign, and which Nigeria signed. Part of these is the fact that disputes in football have to be taken to arbitration, and not civil courts.”


Restating that national interest and the interest of football should be paramount in the minds of those battling for the soul of the Nigeria game, Danagogo directed that the court case should be withdrawn and that both NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Ambassador Giwa should sit down like brothers and discuss firmly on ways to bring to an end the imbroglio.


“I am not interested in who is the NFF President. I am concerned with the interest of our country and the fact that football is such a serious matter for us and a ban from international football would be a disaster.


“I can assure you all that the Federal Government will not take kindly to any individual or group that contribute to an unfortunate situation of Nigeria getting banned from international football.”


Among those present at the meeting were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Ambassador Giwa, NSC directors Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu, NFF Executive Committee member, High Chief Emeka Inyama, General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, Mr. Adama Yahaya, Mr. Sani Fema and Chief Rumson Baribote.


The Sports Minister has ordered the parties involved to reconvene at his office on Wednesday afternoon to report back on their resolutions.   


( Hide )
  1. This useless Minister is a clown. What does he mean by "he does not care who is the NFF President?" Pinnick was duly elected by FIFA statutes while the same Minister and the idiot at Aso Rock connived to install Giwa at a Kangaroo session. Danagogo, you have absolutely no idea what is in store for you if Nigeria gets banned. Even the creeks where you crawled from will reject you. FIFA needs to ban Giwa and I have actually heard some rumblings that Blatter might just do that. Then we'll see what the he (Giwa) will do then.

  2. My brother you've just said it all and Nigerians are watching events with keen interest.


Get In Touch
Don't Miss
© All rights reserved
Made with by ColinUdoh