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Nigeria Lands Fifa Chief In Trouble by franctony(m): 2:00am On Oct 25, 2009
VICE President of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Mr Jack Warner may be in trouble should the standard of the U-17 World Cup which kicked off in Nigeria yesterday fall below the required standard of the world’s soccer governing body.

SundayTribune gathered on Saturday that the Trinidad and Tobago football bigwig risks the wrath of his boss, Sepp Blatter and other executive members of FIFA.

Apparently dissatisfied with the level of preparation Nigeria put up for the cadet championship, FIFA chiefs, led by Blatter were said to have expressed shock at the roles played by Warner whose report regarding the readiness of Nigeria to host the championship was far from what is on display.

As at the time the competition commenced yesterday, there were still lots of areas that were being hurriedly touched while some were even yet to be attended to by the Local Organising Committee (LOC ) of the championship.

The development, it was gathered, surprised Blatter and his officials, who had expected to see logistics near perfect stage based on the pictures painted by Warner who made several inspection visits to the venues designated for the three-week competition.

Aware of the implication of a badly organised championship, particularly on himself, Warner was said to have vent his spleen on Nigeria, warning the LOC that the country faces the wrath of FIFA .

In what appeared to be last-minute efforts at saving his the image of Nigeria Warner charged the LOC to ensure that all things were put in proper shape to ensure that the staging of the championship conforms with the standards of FIFA.

He stressed that FIFA would never lower its standard as far as its competitions were concerned, rather, it expected each competiton to be higher in standards.

Nigeria, according to Warner risks FIFA’s hammer which might come in any form should the organisers of the U-17 Championship fail to get their acts together and do things the FIFA way.

Warner, Sunday Tribune noted had earlier described Nigeria as an unserious host, threatening that FIFA would withdraw the hosting rights from the country with few other countries, including Ghana, mentioned as standby hosts.

He, however, made a turn around after what could be called consultations with those concerned, who asssured that the country would be ready by the time he (Warner) returned for another round of inspection after which he caved in to pressure.

Source: http://www.tribune.com.ng/25102009/news/news2.html

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