Giwa steps aside as NFF head

The ultimatum was set on 1 September for Chris Giwa to step aside or face a ban by Fifa.

The Confederation of African Football said last week that the Super Eagles would be kicked out of the 2015 qualifying campaign should they have failed to play the fixture. Picture: Facebook.

LAGOS - Nigeria look to have avoided an international ban as their football federation leadership row comes to an end.

The BBC has reported that Chris Giwa has stepped aside from his position of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, a change that overlaps with a deadline that had been set by Fifa.

The ultimatum was set on 1 September for him to step aside or face a ban by Fifa. Suspension would have led to Nigeria missing the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa.

The Confederation of African Football said last week that the Super Eagles would be kicked out of the 2015 qualifying campaign should they have failed to play the fixture.

"It has been a difficult time for our football but everything is over now," Musa Amadu told BBC Sport.

"Our attention should shift towards moving our football forward because the country's football has gone through a tough period," he added.

"The next step is to have an extra-ordinary assembly that will set a date for elections for the new executive committee."

"It is important to emphasise that this will not happen beyond 25 September, as directed by Fifa."

"We are verifying the respective information concerning the Nigeria Football Federation and can't make additional comments for the time being."

World football's governing body echoed last week that it did not recognise Giwa's election on 26 August and set a deadline of Monday 07:00 GMT for him to step aside.

The newest progress allow the NFF board, as it was on 25 August, with Aminu Maigari as president, to begin planning for elections to be held as soon as possible.

Nigeria were banned from global football for nine days in July for government meddling in the organisation of the football federation when Maigari was pushed out of his position by a court ruling.