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Respect FIFA statutes, Ekeji tells Giwa


By George Aluo
Former Director General of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr Patrick Ekeji has charged Chris Giwa to forget his “mandate” and allow Nigerian football to be saved from imminent FIFA ban.
Ekeji who spoke yesterday on a Radio Nigeria sports program said the present crisis rocking Nigerian football does not place the country’s sports administration in good light in the international community.
Ekeji said Giwa should rather go to Katsina and contest the next NFF election billed for next month.
The former Green Eagles captain cum coach said the Amaju Pinnick led NFF has done the right thing at the last congress held in Benin, Edo State by throwing the NFF election open.
“Giwa, if qualified, should go and contest that election in Katsina. Since Nigeria as a country has signed to be a member of FIFA, we should respect the statutes of the world soccer governing body. What is happening right now is not portraying our sports administration in good light. This is my take,” Ekeji said.

It would be noted that FIFA only yesterday gave Nigeria and Ghana what could pass for final warning to allow the elected soccer federations in the two countries function or incur its wrath.
While FIFA gave Nigeria August 20 deadline to resolve her crisis, Ghana was told to do same by August 27.

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