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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Nigeria escapes FIFA ban once again as court dismisses case against NFF.

Nigeria on Thursday escaped being banned by FIFA as Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High court sitting in Jos, Plateau State striked out the case against the Amaju Pinnick-led board of NFF, after the Chris Giwa-led group withdrew its case.

It would be recalled that FIFA had given Nigeria till midday on Friday to sort out the issues with the NFF or be banned. At the resumed sitting of the court on Thursday, the judge announced the dismissal of the case following the withdrawal of the suit by the Chris Giwa-led group.

Allagoa said, “The suit is hereby dismissed as the plaintiffs have announced their intention to withdraw the case from the court.”

Counsel for the plaintiffs, Mr. Ardzard Habilla, who spoke after the ruling said “My client is well aware of the implication of another FIFA ban on Nigeria and has also listened to the appeals from well meaning Nigerians to withdraw the case from court.”

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