FIFA may come to Nigeria’s rescue, as court dissolves Egypt FA

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Egypt’s Abdallah El-Said (right) vies with Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa during their African Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna…at the weekend. PHOTO: AFP.

Even with the Super Eagles yet to kick off their crunch qualifier against Egypt today, some Nigerians have started praying for world football governing body, FIFA, to throw out the North Africans from international football following ‘government intervention in the administration of the country’s football.’

The National Supreme Administrative Court has ordered the dissolution of the Egyptian Football Association’s board of directors.

Ahmed El-Shazly, head of the Supreme Administrative Court, issued a ruling that requires the dissolution of the EFA following a complaint issued by Dr. Magda El Helbawi and Hermas Radwan, former candidates in the EFA elections, regarding the invalidity of the polls held in 2012.

According top agency reports, the new elections are expected to be held next September, and Tharwat Sweilam is expected to be an interim president for the remaining five months.

Current president, Gamal Allam, has warned that the FA will take the legal route, and that it will probably lodge a complaint with FIFA for ‘government interference in football.’

To forestall any FIFA action, Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Khaled Abdel-Aziz, revealed that the ruling would not be effective until after the Pharaohs match against Nigeria today.

“We will wait until the Nigeria match is played, and then we will evaluate the situation; we are doing this to protect Egyptian football from sanctions due to of government interference,” he expressed.
El Helbawi also reiterated her claims regarding the alleged forgery during the previous elections.



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