FIFA lifts suspension on Nigeria

Rumson Baribote, club president, Nembe FC

“The lifting of the suspension means that all of NFA’s membership rights have been reinstated, as defined in article 12 of FIFA Statutes”.

The world football governing body, FIFA, on Friday lifted the suspension imposed on Nigeria on July 9.

In a statement issued by Ademola Olajire, the Head of Communication at the Nigeria Football Association, the NFA said the ban was lifted in a letter sent to the Nigerian football body on Friday.

The Secretary General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke, signed the letter addressed to the NFA Chairman, Aminu Maigari.

“Since the conditions set by the FIFA Emergency Committee on July 9 have been met, the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation is lifted with immediate effect.

“The lifting of the suspension means that all of NFA’s membership rights have been reinstated, as defined in article 12 of FIFA Statutes.

“The NFA is therefore entitled to take part again in international competitions and to benefit from all programmes which were suspended,”‎ Mr. Olajire said in statement.

Mr. Olajire also said that FIFA received the correspondence of Thursday, July 17 from the NFA of the withdrawal of the court case.

He said that FIFA was satisfied that Nigeria had complied with the demand.

A Jos High Court, through an order obtained by Ibiakpo Baribote, restrained the board from using the name – NFA.

The Federal Government, however, prevailed on her to withdraw the suit, giving room for the board to return to its duty on Friday.

With this decision, the NFA has stepped up arrangements to ensure that the U-20 Women National Team, the Falconets, travel to Moncton, Canada, next week for a final training camp.

The training camp is preparatory to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled to take place in Canada in August.

The lifting of the suspension will also pave the way for the U-17 boys to fly to Democratic Republic of Congo for a 2015 African U-17 Championship qualifier on Sunday, July 27.


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