Ex Eagles star handed life ban

Also banned were Harrison Jalla, long-serving president of the National Assocication of Nigerian Footballers (NANF), Shuaib Gara-Gombe, former chairman of the Gombe State Football Association, journalist Olajide Fashikun and Jarret Tenebe, who was appointed chairman of the paralled NFA formed by Jalla.

The decision, taken at an emergency meeting of the NFF Executive Committee, was in response to the formation, spear-headed by Jalla, of a parallel 'Nigeria Football Assocation'.

The move led to a letter from Fifa, warning of grave implications for the country, including but not limited to a ban on Nigeria.

"Committee condemned in all its entirety the recent attempt by some disgruntled elements to constitute a parallel body for the administration of football in the country," a statement from the NFF after the meeting read.

"While resolving to approach the National Assembly to quickly assist in fast-tracking the process for the change of name from Nigeria Football Association to Nigeria Football Federation, the Committee decided, unanimously, to place a life ban on Jarrett Tenebe, Shuaib Gara-Gombe, Harrison Jalla, Chikelue Iloenyosi and Olajide Fashikun from all football-related activities within the Nigeria nation, for their ignonimous roles in trying to truncate the programmes of the NFF and the overall footballing interests of the country."

The bans mean the affected men cannot hold any positions in Nigerian football, attend football matches in the country, or, in the case of Fashikun, cover a football event.

"That is the implication of the ban," NFF Acting General Secretary Musa Amadu told KickOffNigeria.com. "They cannot hold any offices, or attend football matches in the stadium or participate in any football-related activity."