Fifa lifts Nigeria's suspension

Fifa has lifted Nigeria’s suspension following a court ruling that saw the country’s Football Federation board reinstated.
The ban, on July 9, would have seen Nigeria’s Women’s Under-20 miss next month’s World Cup in Canada.
Fifa punished Nigeria for government interfering with the sport when a sole administrator replaced the Football Federation board last week following the national team’s poor performance.
On Thursday a court order quashed that ruling and a lawsuit was withdrawn.
Fifa had given Nigeria until 17 July to reinstate the board – extended from 15 July because of a judiciary workers’ strike in the country – in order for the Women’s Under-20 side to play at the World Cup.
The governing body confirmed on Friday it had reinstated Nigeria’s rights to play internationals.
A statement read: “Fifa has lifted the suspension that was imposed on the Nigeria Football Federation on account of interference.
“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members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn.
” It means the Super Eagles will be able to defend their Africa Cup of Nations title when qualifying matches start in September.”
Credit: BBC

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