FIFA lift Nigeria ban

Vincent Enyeama

www.mtnfootball.com story 

Nigeria football fans can breathe a huge sign of relief after FIFA temporarily lifted the ban on the country, allowing their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea to go ahead. 

Nigeria fulfilled all the three conditions set by FIFA for the suspension to be swiftly reversed. 

CAF media director Sulieman Habuba also told MTNFootball.com exclusively that all the necessary arrangements are in place for the Nigeria-Guinea clash to go ahead after receiving the directive from FIFA that the ban has been provisionally lifted. 

FIFA expressed its happiness over the fact that the Nigerian authorities had moved to have the issue resolved but there are still some outstanding worries. 

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

"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, after 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." 

FIFA banned Nigerian from international competition this week after months of political intrigue in a battle to control the country's football affairs.
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