Bafana spared Nigeria trip?


Should Nigeria fail to avoid their latest suspension, a third this year, Bafana will also likely qualify immediately for the African Nations Cup finals in Morocco no matter the result of their next game against Sudan in Mbombela next month.

That's because it is likely CAF will disregard points earned in matches against the Super Eagles in Bafana’s qualification pool, which would leave Bafana on seven points, Congo on four and Sudan zero, meaning Shakes Mashaba’s side could not finish outside the top two.

FIFA wrote to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday setting a deadline of mid-day on Friday for the executive that was elected on September 30, and which is recognized by FIFA, to be reinstated to their posts after the Jos High Court said last week the elections were invalid.

Amaju Pinnick was elected president at the congress, ahead of government-backed Chris Giwa.

Justice Ambrose Allagoa ruled that the elective congress of the NFF on Sept. 30 should not be recognised as the Jos High Court had put in place 11 days earlier an order that the elections could not be held.

This injunction was brought by two members of the previous NFF executive led by Giwa, which was stripped of its authority after elections that took it to power were deemed invalid by FIFA.

The court order was ignored by the NFF, which went ahead with their Sept. 30 congress and the Pinnick-led executive was put in place.

Pinnick was stopped from travelling to Namibia for the African Women’s Championship Final on Saturday, won by Nigeria over Cameroon, by the country’s security forces in more direct meddling in the country’s football by government.

Giwa and his executive moved into NFF headquarters on Monday and immediately said they would reinstate axed coach Stephen Keshi.