NFF crisis: CAS acknowledge petition

The Court of Arbitration for Sports have has finally acknowledged receipt of a petition from Nigeria.

A correspondent with the BBC, Oluwashina Okeleji, had written to the Communications Office of the CAS asking if there was a case involving Chris Giwa’s claims to be the president of the Nigeria Football Federation on why FIFA are refusing to recognise his election on 26 August.

To that question, the communications officer of the Court of Arbitration for Sports, Katy Hogg replied

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your message and for your interest in the activities of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Please be advised that we do not currently have any arbitration procedures between these parties.


However, seeing that Chris Giwa himself did not write the petition, but seven State FA chairmen, including Obinna Ogba, another letter of inquiry was sent to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS’s Communications officer which got this response.

Dear Sir,

It appears I was too hasty in sending my response to you earlier. Having checked again, I can see that a case is pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
I apologise for the confusion caused.


A person who should know told that aside from writing to FIFA regarding this petition, CAS had also written to the Confederation of African Football, CAF and the South African Football Association, SAFA that the game between South Africa and Nigeria on Wednesday, September 10, should go on without hindrances.

They also want a FIFA response by 2pm on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

The Giwa group have reportedly appointed Prince Bola Ajibola as their arbitrator.

FIFA’s response

World football governing body, FIFA has however sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF not mentioning CAS in any part.

The letter confirmed that conditions set out in FIFA’s letter of 3 September have been met and that, therefore, the NFF is not suspended.

FIFA only addressed their angle and did not mention CAS.

The NFF had been set a deadline of 8 September to ensure that the persons claiming to have been elected to NFF positions vacated the association’s premises and to confirm that the NFF General Secretary could perform his work without interference.

And with FIFA receiving a letter from the NFF with these assurances and with an explanation of the positive steps taken to normalise the situation, they outlined that they now expect the NFF Executive Committee to meet as soon as possible in order to convene an extraordinary general assembly to decide on the roadmap leading to the elections, which should be open to all persons complying with the NFF statutes and regulations.

FIFA also emphasised that should the electoral process be affected by any interference or mishap, the case would be referred to the appropriate FIFA bodies and that FIFA would monitor the situation as the NFF progresses towards the elections.

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