FIFA has today announced that it has upheld the five-year ban earlier imposed on Chris Giwa, Muazu Suleyman, Yahaya Adama, Sani Fema and Johnson Effiong by the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The implication is that the ban will now have a worldwide effect.
Similarly, CAF had last year written a letter to the NFF (dated May 27th 2016, signed by its General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani) confirming the extension of the ban to take effect at continental level.
The five men were, on 12 May 2016, banned by the NFF Disciplinary Committee from taking part in football activities for breaches of the NFF Statutes and the FIFA Code of Ethics. The ban is fallout of the 2014 NFF elections and the ensuing NFF leadership battle between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick, with the board of the latter being accorded recognition by FIFA.
Based on this latest development, it remains to be seen how Mr. Giwa can effectively assume leadership of the NFF or be recognized by FIFA, even if he wins the case in court. The Giwa and Pinnick rival factions are still in court over the validity of the 2014 NFF elections.