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FIFA lifts Nigeria suspension after leaders restored to power

Jul 18, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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That didn’t take long.

The Nigeria Football Federation’s FIFA suspension has been lifted after the African federation reinstalled its leadership to power.

It is unknown whether this affects the status of Nigeria at the U-20 Women’s World Cup next month. Reports had said that Nigeria would be removed from the tournament if the suspensions weren’t lifted by July 15, and this news come three days later.

The federation was suspended after the Nigerian government removed the NFF’s leadership from power. FIFA forbids third party interference with federation rule.

Apparently, those offenses have been rectified.

From the Associated Press:

FIFA has lifted Nigeria’s suspension from international competition after the country’s soccer leaders were reinstated.

After Nigeria’s second-round elimination at the World Cup, the country’s government issued a legal order for the sports ministry to appoint new federation leaders. FIFA rules protect its 209 member federations from influence by third parties, including politicians.

But FIFA said on Friday that court proceedings and an order preventing the Nigeria Football Federation from operating had been withdrawn.

FIFA said in a statement that as the “legitimate bodies (have been) reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension.”

Stay tuned.

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