FIFA lifts Nigeria suspension

Sepp Blatter (AFP)
Sepp Blatter (AFP)
Zurich - Football governing body FIFA on Friday lifted the suspension of Nigeria from international competition over "government interference" in the game.


The suspension of the Nigerian Football Federation was imposed on July 9 just after the national team were beaten in the last 16 at the World Cup.

"FIFA has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF executive committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn," said a statement by the world body.

"As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension as of today, Friday 18 July 2014."

The new order means that Nigeria can again take part in international competitions.

FIFA's suspension came after a Nigerian court sacked the NFF leadership and appointed a sole administrator for the federation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 11294 votes
Cricket
12% - 3231 votes
Football
19% - 5079 votes
Athletics
2% - 673 votes
Boxing
1% - 268 votes
Cycling
2% - 635 votes
Golf
5% - 1395 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2310 votes
Tennis
3% - 910 votes
Water sports
1% - 244 votes
American sports
1% - 327 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 885 votes
Vote