FIFA Rejects Talks With Solomon Dalung As Giwa Stands Firm

FIFA has announced that it has no interest whatsoever in a proposed meeting with Nigeria’s sports minister Solomon Dalung to discuss problems in the NFF.

FIFA has given Nigeria until 20 August for Chris Giwa to vacate the NFF offices.

Giwa’s lawyer Ardzard Habilla maintains that FIFA cannot ban Nigeria as it needs to be sorted out internally by the country's judiciary.

Habilla told journalists that the threat by the Football's world governing body was a calculated attempt to undermine the constitution of Nigeria and an act of neo-colonialism.

“Do we take it that FIFA laws are superior to the judgment of the highest court in our land – the Supreme Court, and has FIFA elevated itself before the constitution of Nigeria?” Habilla questioned.

FIFA also emphasised that Giwa was part of the proposed delegation and that he is serving a five-year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity.

FIFA’s letter also reiterated that if the NFF offices are not handed back to the legitimate NFF Executive Committee under President Amaju Melvin Pinnick by Monday 20 August 2018 at 1000GMT, the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect for being in breach of binding obligations of the Fifa Statutes.

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