Nigerian govt lifts Super Eagles soccer ban

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The Nigerian Federal Government on Monday lifted its decision to ban the national soccer team, the Super Eagles, from participating in all FIFA and CAF competitions in the next two years.

Following their dismal performance that led them to an early exit of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan imposed a two-year ban for the national team.

Upon receiving the banning of the national team from participating in all international tournaments, on Friday, FIFA gave the Nigerian government until Monday 5 July to revoke their decision.

"The Nigerian Government has today confirmed in a letter to FIFA that it revokes its decision to withdraw Nigeria's participation in all FIFA and CAF organised competitions of the next two years," said FIFA in a statement.

Since the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) was also dissolved by the President, FIFA said now the Nigerian government also recognises the currently elected executive of the NFF.

As a result, the NFF remains vested with all its statutory rights.

However, the dramatic u-turn on the Super Eagles international soccer ban follows mediation talks between FIFA Executive Committee member, Dr Amos Adamu and the Nigerian government.

The letter was received by FIFA before the deadline set last Friday 2 July.

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