Presidency must intervene to save Nigeria from Fifa ban, says Abiodun Obafemi

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After the ultimatum issued by Fifa, the ex-international has appealed for the quick intervention of the federal government

Abiodun Obafemi has urged the presidency to step in and resolve the ongoing leadership crisis crippling Nigerian football to avert Fifa ban.

His appeal is coming on the heels of Fifa's final warning to the Nigeria Football Federation to put their house in order or get axed.

Despite several moves to resolve the difference between Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa, the imbroglio remains unsettled and the ex-international feels only the federal government can bring a lasting panacea.

“It is unfortunate we are back in this situation again but I urge all football stakeholders to look beyond the threats from Fifa and work towards resolving the crisis,” Obafemi told Goal.

"I must appeal that the presidency needs to step into this matter now. The future and source of livelihood for thousands of youths who have chosen football as a career and employed through the sport should not be jeopardised by the greed of a few.

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“The crisis every now and then has not done Nigeria as a country any good in terms of development. This is not where we should be with the abundance of talents, but we still struggle at the international stage due to bad and crisis-ridden maladministration.

“Just imagine, our leagues are indefinitely suspended for almost three months and there are high tendencies our players could take into some social vices in order to make ends meet.

“I think the presidency that should be able to get the two factions to sit down and thrash out these issues once and for all. Nigeria is bigger than any individual. Nigerians have the passion for the game of football. It is one of the major sources of livelihood for Nigerian youths."

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