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NFF waits on Egyptian court’s May 8 ruling

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An official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday disclosed that the federation was monitoring events in Egypt following FIFA’s threats to ban the North African country from all football events if the government persisted in interfering in the affairs of the football federation.

FIFA recently warned the North African country’s government against implementing a court decision sacking the Egyptian Football Association following an electoral crisis that has dogged the federation.

In March, the Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt ordered that the country’s FA board be dissolved following complaints filed by former candidates in the FA elections, Dr. Magda El Helbawi and Hermas Radwan, regarding violation of the electoral process in 2012.

Reports in Egypt suggest that new elections will be held in September with Tharwat Sweilam holding the fort in interim capacity until then.

However, the Egyptian FA has appealed the court ruling and there will be a ruling on May 8.

Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, NFF Secretary General, Sanusi Mohammed, confirmed that the Federation was monitoring events in Egypt, adding, however, that the football body would not pray for the suspension of the North African country to pave way for Nigeria’s passage to Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup.

He said the NFF had already put behind it the Eagles’ failure to qualify for the Nations Cup, adding that the focus now is on the World Cup qualifiers billed to start later this year.


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