Sports Nigeria lucky to avoid a FIFA ban

16e6f7fcea3a36d286799c0401bd9f93_412x3671.jpg Nigeria has avoided a FIFA ban after Chris Giwa agreed to drop his claims as president of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)

There were fears that Nigeria would be banned today if the FIFA warning for Chris Giwa to vacate office was not adhered to.

Barrister Musa Amadu today resumed work at the secretariat of the NFF after weeks of absence from his post as the Secretary General of the federation.

Amadu was sighted resuming work today in Abuja,and is believed to have written to FIFA notifying them that normalcy has been restored in the football federation.

FIFA last week brought back Aminu Maigari as the NFF president,ruling that the election of Giwa was "null and void."

Giwa has been playing hardball since then,insisting that he was legitimately elected into office on August 26th.

But FIFA failed to recognise his NFF led executives and threatened to ban Nigeria if he continued parading himself as the NFF president.

"It has been a difficult time for our football but everything is over now," Amadu told BBC Sport.

"Our attention should shift towards moving our football forward because the country's football has gone through a tough period," he added.

"The next step is to have an extra-ordinary assembly that will set a date for elections for the new executive committee.

"It is important to emphasise that this will not happen beyond 25 September, as directed by Fifa."

Nigeria would have dropped off from the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers if FIFA had carried on with its threat to ban the country today.