Nigeria avoids Fifa ban

Abuja – The Nigeria Football Federation says it has avoided a long-term ban by Fifa after in-fighting over the leadership of the football body was ended through intervention by the country’s president.

The organisation says President Goodluck Jonathan has ensured “a truce”, and a faction challenging the election of the federation’s president, Amaju Pinnick, last month has “discontinued” legal action against him.

The world body gave Nigeria until midday today to withdraw a court order nullifying the September 30 football elections. Fifa endorsed Pinnick’s election and viewed the order as interference in football matters against its rules.

If Nigeria does not meet the deadline, Fifa said it would be banned until at least May, disqualifying the defending champion from next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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