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FIFA Lift Nigeria Suspension

FIFA Lift Nigeria Suspension

World football governing body FIFA on Friday lifted the suspension clamped on Nigeria on July 9 that barred the country from all international football. The storm is over and Nigerian football faithful can heave a chuge sigh sigh of relief.

The ban was the result of a court order barring the Aminu Maigari–led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee and the NFF Congress from controlling and managing the affairs of Nigerian football.

In a letter signed by FIFA Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, and addressed to the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, the world body, in the letter captioned ‘Lifting of the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation,’ stated clearly that they received the correspondence of Thursday, July 17 from the NFF and were satisfied that Nigeria has complied with their demands for reinstatement into international football.

“Since the conditions set by the FIFA Emergency Committee on 9 July, 2014 have been met, the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation is lifted with immediate effect. The lifting of the suspension means that all of NFF’s membership rights have been reinstated, as defined in art. 12 of FIFA Statutes.

“The NFF is therefore entitled to take part again in international competitions and to benefit from all programs which were suspended.”

With this decision, the NFF has stepped up arrangements to ensure that the U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, travel to Moncton, Canada next week for a final training camp ahead of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup taking place in the same country, and for the U-17 boys to fly to Democratic Republic of Congo for a 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifier on Sunday, July 27.

 

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