Mba, Falconets Fall Victims Of FIFA Suspension

Nigerians have started counting their losses as the Plateau State High Court refused to sit on Tuesday, the 15 July deadline earlier given to the country to reinstate the Aminu Maigari-led NFF or face a two-year ban by FIFA.
Although, FIFA has extended the deadline it gave to Nigeria till 17 July, 2014, following the industrial actions embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.
However, with just one week after the world football governing body suspended Nigeria due to government’s interference in the administration of football, Nigeria’s former referee boss, Linus Mba was the first victim.
Mba, an instructor of CAF, who is expected to be on continental duty this weekend, has been dropped, while an official from another country was named for the assignment.
Also, the Falconets who were scheduled for a pre-FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup camping in Canada are still stranded at their Serob Hotel camp, and are set to miss the event.
The Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles are also to miss their respective African junior championships. It would be double tragedy for the Flying Eagles who will not participate in the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
In addition, the Super Eagles who are expected to defend the African Cup of Nations trophy they won in 2013, will be missing out in action when the qualifiers begin.


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