ZURICH: Ghana and Nigeria have been warned by international federation FIFA that they risk suspension from international football over ongoing chaos within their national associations writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
In the case of the Nigeria, the FIFA bureau – president Gianni Infantino plus the heads of the six regional confederations – has given the NFF a deadline of next Monday to reclaim its offices under president Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was elected on September 30, 2014.
The Sports Ministry has ordered Pinnick to step down in favour of a rival faction.
However, in case of suspension, the Nigerian team currently competing in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France will be allowed to continue playing.
As for Ghana, a formal investigation is being carried out by the ethics committee into corruption allegations against Kwesi Nyantakyi, who is already under provisional suspension.
However, the bureau considered a petition introduced by the Attorney General to the High Court of Justice to start the liquidation process of the GFA constitutes undue influence, contrary to statutes.
If the action is not halted by August 27 then Ghana will also be suspended from the international game.