FIFA lifts Nigerian Football Federation suspension

FIFA lifts Nigerian Football Federation suspension

International Soccer

FIFA lifts Nigerian Football Federation suspension

SeppBlatterFIFAMarch2014 (AFP)

By MIKE GRAMAJO

FIFA has decided to lift the Nigerian Football Federation’s international ban, it announced Friday.

The suspension was lifted because “statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled,” FIFA said in a statement.

Nigeria’s ban was imposed on July 9 after its second round exit from the World Cup, with FIFA telling Nigeria that no teams – men’s, women’s or youth – would be allowed to compete during the suspension.

After government interference in the Nigerian federation, a court order had forced their minister of sports to name a civil service member to take over the country’s football federation.

With the ban lifted, Nigeria’s soccer leaders were also reinstated.

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