Nigeria, Ghana get FIFA deadline, a ban is imminent.


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Nigeria and Ghana are both on the verge of landing international suspensions from FIFA after a final warning was issued to the African nations over external interference in their football associations against FIFA statute. 

FIFA announced on Tuesday that the Nigerian football federation headquarters must return to its elected leadership by Monday or the country will be suspended from all international competition.

With NFF president Amaju Pinnick in Russia for the World Cup, the building was taken over last month by a group claiming a Nigerian court order had given them control of the federation.

The suspension would prevent all Nigerian national teams from taking part in international competitions, but FIFA did say it would make an exception for the Nigerian women’s under-20 team, which will be allowed to complete their participation at the World Cup in France.

Ghana has been given until August 27 to reverse a court order dissolving the country’s football association.

The government made the order after widespread corruption in Ghanaian football was revealed in an undercover documentary, which captured GFA president and FIFA Council Member Kwesi Nyantakyi accepting a cash gift of $65,000 from undercover journalists.

The Super Eagles’ are set to resume their African Cup of Nations qualification campaigns on September 8 against Seychelles.

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