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Nigeria’s top international sports administrator faces another suspension

Lagos, Nigeria – Amos Adamu, Nigeria’s most renowned sports administrator faces another suspension if allegations involving FIFA’s bribery schemes are proven.

Adamu who served as a high-ranking government official for Nigerian sport for 20 years, was once considered to be a leading candidate to succeed long-serving CAF’s president, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou.

Per sources, the Nigerian sports administrator is facing another suspension from all football-related activities by FIFA.

Sports analysts say the investigatory chamber at the world governing body’s ethics committee has been considering alleged breaches of its code of ethics since March 2015.

Adamu (left) with other Fifa’s executives

Mr. Adamu was suspended from all FIFA’s related activities for three years but the ban was lifted in October 2013.

It has now recommended a two-year ban and a fine for Adamu, a former FIFA executive committee member who was banned for three years in 2010.

A statement from the world soccer governing body says Adamu, who was also once on the Confederation of African Football board, violated three articles – covering general rules of conduct, loyalty, and conflict of interest – of its Code of Ethics.

“For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish further details at the present time,” the statement reads.

Amos Adamu

Globe Afrique Media has learned that the new wave of possible suspension for Mr. Adamu relate to allegation of corruption and bribery.

During his most recent ban, he was found guilty of asking for money in exchange for World Cup votes – an accusation he denied.

The 62-year-old Nigerian sports administrator is highly as the best option to dethroned the longtime president of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

Supporters of Mr. Adamu say the new wave of accusations are smear campaign by CAF’s president Issa Hayatou and his camp to prevent a challenge to his Hayatou’s leadership.

Meanwhile, a final decision on Mr. Adamu’s new punishment may take several months to be determined.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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