FIFA temporarily lifts Nigeria suspension

World Soccer governing body, Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has temporarily lifted the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from all football related activities.

The decision means that the Guinea-Nigeria Orange CAN 2012 qualifier slated for Sunday, October 10, in Conakry will come on as scheduled.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on its website, curled by GNA Sports indicating that the Emergency Committee of FIFA has decided to provisionally lift the suspension against the NFF following recent developments in resolving the issues engulfing Nigerian football.

“The FIFA Emergency Committee decided today, 8 October 2010, to provisionally lift the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the statement read.

“The decision was taken after observing that the situation had taken a positive turn in recent days, with the claimant at the origin of the court actions publicly committing itself to withdrawing its claim, the acting General Secretary of the NFF returning to his post on 5 October 2010 and the issue of the Nigeria League being left totally within the ambit of the NFF.

“The suspension has been lifted provisionally until 26 October 2010, noting that the next hearing before the court is scheduled for 25 October 2010 and that only then can the judge vacate the court orders.

However, should the NFF still be embroiled in court actions or any other issue preventing it from working freely on that date, the suspension will be automatically confirmed until all problems have been definitively solved,” the statement ended.

It would be recalled that FIFA on October 4 announced the suspension of the NFF citing Government interference in the running of football in Africa’s most populous country.

Source: GNA

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