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Nigeria and implications of a FIFA ban

These are the implications of a FIFA ban on Nigeria as compiled by

1) None of Nigeria’s teams or clubs will feature in international tournaments for the time the ban is in effect. These will be tournaments organised by FIFA, CAF and even the sub-regional WAFU of which Nigeria’s Amos Adamu is president.

This will also affect friendly matches versus other FIFA members as well as invitational tournaments involving international teams. The immediate competitions to be affected should the Nigerian government stick to its guns are the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, 2011 African youth Championship, 2011 African Junior Championship, 2010 African women’s Championship.

Also, to be affected will be the 2010 CAF Champions League which Heartland have qualified for the group phase, while Enyimba will forfeit their CAF Confederation Cup play-off with Zanaco of Zambia with the first leg due to be played on July 17.

2) Nigeria will be fined heavily for pulling out of competitions they have already qualified, that would be the FIFA Under-20 and Under-17 World Cups for women, as well as the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

3) The suspension also means that transfers of players from the domestic league to the international leagues will be suspended.

4) FIFA-graded Nigerian referees will not handle matches outside the country even in next-door Cotonou.

5) Nigeria will be barred from attending coaching and administrative courses, seminars and workshops on account of this ban.

6) FIFA and CAF grants will be forfeited by Nigeria.

7) As a result of the country’s inactivity internationally, Nigeria’s FIFA ranking will plummet to an all-time low. The bigger implication is that when the country finally decide to the FIFA fold, they would have to do a lot more to get back to get within the top 30 in the world.

FIFA rankings are employed to seed teams for major competitions. A low FIFA ranking would work against Nigerian players in a league like the English Premier League because the granting or renewal of a work permit there is based on, among other things, a country’s FIFA ranking.

8) Frustrated Nigerian players will be forced to change nationality so as to play for other countries. Already, neighbouring countries like Togo and Benin have begun shopping for some promising Nigerian talent.

9) The sponsorship for national teams will equally be put on hold. These sponsorship agreements include those of adidas, Guinness, TomTom, Coca-Cola and Peak Milk.

10) FIFA Goal Project 2 will also be suspended.

11) Nigeria, who have been placed on standby to host the 2012 Nations Cup, will not step in to stage the tournament should Gabon and Equatorial Guinea be found unsuitable to host. South Africa could well replace Nigeria in this regard.