World governing body FIFA has lifted the ban it placed on the Nigeria football federation over government interference in the running of the organisation.
The ban was imposed after a court ruling allowed the Nigerian sports Minister to appoint a civil servant to preside over the NFF instead of its appointed members. At the time, the president-elect of the NFF and its committee members were said to have been prevented from conducting the affairs of the federation, which is in contravention of FIFA rules.
If the ban had not been lifted yesterday, it would mean that no Nigerian team domestic or international, male or female could have competed in an international tournament. Many had feared that the U-20 female team would miss out on next month’s world cup in Canada as a result of the ban.
FIFA made the announcement yesterday saying they had lifted the ban because the country had now met the conditions it imposed for reinstatement; namely, reinstating the original elected executives of the NFF.
In a statement, the sport’s governing body said, “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members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn.”