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FIFA clears Nigeria of ban

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World football governing body, FIFA has cleared Nigeria of a possible ban after being satisfied that there is no longer any interference in the administration of the game in the country.

FIFA threatened to ban Nigeria last week, giving the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) until midday this past Friday to have the court case filed against them withdrawn, or be sanctioned.

After President Goodluck Jonathan prevailed on the warring factions laying claims to the NFF leadership, the main character behind the controversies, Chris Giwa withdrew his suit against the football body.

FIFA having confirmed that the issue has been sorted, wrote to the General Secretary of the NFF, Musa Amadu clarifying that Nigeria will not be banned,but warned that they will still be monitoring them.

“FIFA has today sent a letter to the NFF in which it takes note the order granted by the Federal High Court, nullifying the NFF elections of Sept. 30, was definitely withdrawn and that the board…is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance,” a FIFA statement read.

“We understand these events occurred before midday on Oct. 31. Consequently the case will not be referred to the FIFA emergency committee for implementation of the suspension of the NFF.”

“However, FIFA will continue to closely monitor the situation in Nigeria,” the statement added.

If Nigeria had been banned, it would have only been lifted at the next FIFA congress in May 2015.

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