NFF crisis: CAS rejects appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sports have rejected a provisional appeal filed by eight FA chairman in Nigeria.

In a release titled, FOOTBALL: NIGERIAN FOOTBALL GOVERNANCE - REQUEST FOR PROVISIONAL MEASURES REJECTED, CAS stated that on 5 September 2014 Yahaya Adama, Obinna Ogba, Musa Talle, Effiong Johnson, Chidi Ofor Okenwa, Busari Ishola, Mohhammed Saidu and Tijani Jubril (collectively, the Appellants) filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the FIFA Emergency Committee’s decision of 3 September 2014 that it would suspend the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the event that persons claiming to be elected and occupying the offices of the NFF had failed to vacate their offices at the NFF by 8 September 2014, 8.00am Swiss time.

Now, according to CAS, the appellants together with their statement of appeal, filed an urgent request for provisional measures by way of “[a]n Interim Order restraining the Respondent (FIFA) whether by themselves, their servants, agents, officers, directors, legal representatives and others whomsoever from suspending, excluding, removing, foreclosing and/or banning the Nigerian Football Federation or the Federal Republic of Nigeria from participation howsoever from international and or FIFA organized football events, pending the hearing and final determination of the Request for Arbitration dated 5 September 201 by CAS”.

Now with FIFA noting that the two conditions mentioned in their letter dated 3 September 2014 had been complied with and that therefore the NFF would not be suspended, CAS have rejected the Appellants’ request for provisional measures since “it was without object at this stage”.

The NFF is not suspended and the African Nations Cup qualifier match between South Africa and Nigeria scheduled to take place on 10 September 2014 is not affected.

However, CAS mentions repeatedly a provisional appeal made by the appellants but there is no talk about the initial appeal and if that has been squashed too.

There was also no talk of a noon ultimatum for Wednesday, September 10 reportedly given to FIFA by CAS to respond to a query.

Chris Giwa is however in South Africa for the AFCON qualify between the Bafana Bafana and the Super Eagles though it is not clear in what capacity he is going.
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