Nigerian leader reverses ban on national football team (2)

07:53, July 06, 2010      

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Following Super Eagles dismal performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, President Jonathan on June 30 directed that Nigeria should withdraw from all international competitions for the next two years.

The Presidency had said "the ban would enable us put our house in order and enable us work out a more meaningful way to engage the global stage in terms of football."

The President has also directed a comprehensive audit of the finances of the 2010 World Cup project with a clear instruction that perceived misapplication of fund be investigated.

The world football governing body, FIFA, had, however, considered the decision as government interference in football administration and gave the Nigerian Federal Government till 6 p.m. local time Monday to reverse it.

FIFA, In a letter to NFF, had restated its rules which prohibit political interference in football and stated that Nigeria will be suspended from FIFA membership if it fails to rescind its decision.

FIFA had also hinted that it has commenced the process of inviting another team to replace Nigeria at this month's FIFA U-20 women championships in Germany.

The NFF in Abuja over the weekend impeached its chairman Sanni Lulu over the Super Eagles poor outing in South Africa 2010.

Also impeached at the meeting involving nine of NFF 13-member executive committee were Vice President Amanze Uchegbulam and technical committee chairman Taiwo Ogunjobi.

Source: Xinhua
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