.Panic In Nigeria, As FIFA Deadline Expires –
By Tunde Oyedele –
Reports reaching eyeonthesports.com say the Super Eagles have landed in South Afrca ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, Group A qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana on Wednesday.
The Stephen Keshi-led Eagles, who departed for South Africa Sunday night arrived in Johannesburg early Monday (Today).
Media Officer of the team, Ben Alaiya spoke to eyeonthesports.com on telephone shortly after their arrival in Johannesburg; “The Nigerian team arrived in Jo’burg safely this morning and we are about connecting a local flight to Cape Town, venue of Wednesday’s match”.
Alaiya further said the players are focused on their next assignment, despite uncertainties that the second game of the qualifiers would hold due to an impending FIFA ban. The leadership tussle which engulfed the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF recently is yet to abate.
The FIFA Emergency Committee has set a deadline of Monday, 8 September 2014, for those claiming to have been elected to the Nigeria Football Federation on 29 August to vacate the offices of the governing body, otherwise Nigeria may be banned from international football.
The Chris Giwa-led NFF board has vowed to stay put in office, while FIFA insists it will ban Nigeria by 7.00 a.m today if the Alhaji Maigari-led board is not allowed to return to office and plan for an electoral congress of the federation this month.
South Africa defeated Sudan 3-0 in their first away match last weekend and are leading Group A, but Nigeria lost 2-3 to Congo in Calabar on Saturday.