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Crisis, A Big Shame On Nigeria-Oneya

Posted: Apr 12, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

General Dominic Oneya (rtd), former NFF President, has flayed the
current crisis in Nigerian football, foisted by a court ruling on a
case by Ambassador Chris Giwa.
Speaking on Monday, the member of the CAF Organising Committee for the
African Nations Championship described the current situation as
“shameful” and “patently unbefitting of a strong footballing nation
like Nigeria that has high global reckoning.”
He said: “I feel very sad, even uncomfortable, that this is happening
in Nigeria at this time. Certainly, FIFA and CAF would not be happy
with us, and may go for strong sanctions against our country.
“This is a period that every stakeholder should focus hard on the
qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with our country
having missed out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. We also have the
Olympics football tournament and some women tournaments coming up.
“This is not the time for distractions. I want to specially appeal to
Chris Giwa to sheathe his sword and allow peace to reign. We will gain
nothing other than a FIFA suspension from these activities. I regard
him as a big stakeholder because he has been investing in the game.
But in football, there are mechanisms for dispute resolution.
“FIFA, CAF and NFF have it in their different Statutes that you don’t
take football matters to ordinary courts. It is there, clearly spelt
out. If Giwa is dissatisfied with the verdicts he received earlier,
he can still take the case back to FIFA, and onwards to CAS. That is
the proper way to go.”