FIFA suspends Nigeria from international football - CNBC Africa

FIFA suspends Nigeria from international football

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Nigeria's national team, the Super Eagles, has been suspended from international football. PHOTO: AFCON

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) explained that their decision follows after a letter was sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014 in which the committee expressed great concern that the NFF’s president, executive committee members and its congress were served with court proceedings from Nigeria’s High Court that prevented them from running the affairs of Nigerian football.

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 The court also ordered the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court without specifying a date for the hearing.

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“The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014.This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes. Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on 26 August 2014,” said FIFA in a statement.

FIFA added that the suspension would only be lifted if the court withdraws its actions and NFF’s committee members, general assembly and administration that are properly elected are able to manage the NFF without any interference.

This means that no football team from Nigeria can have any international sporting contracts during the period of the suspension. The NFF will also not be represented in any regional, continental or international competitions such as the upcoming FIFA under 20 Women’s World Cup taking place in August 2014. 

The NFF will also not be allowed to benefit from any FIFA or the Confederation of African Football (CAF) development programmes, courses or training during the suspension.

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