FIFA gives Nigeria deadline to avoid ban

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FIFA has given the Nigerian Football Federation until Friday to restore order, or they will face a lengthy seven-month ban from international play.

Nigeria is in hot water for having government interference with their football federation, which is not allowed by FIFA.

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Elections were held to choose officials for the NFF, but the election was overruled by a Nigerian court. FIFA has stated they want those who won the election to be placed back in their positions, or Nigeria will be banished from football until May.

If a ban were to be handed down, Nigeria would be forced to miss the African Cup of Nations set to kick off in January. The Super Eagles are the reigning African champions, so missing the tournament would be a major blow for the players and the country.

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FIFA released a statement regarding the issue:

As stated in our previous letters, FIFA stressed that should the electoral process and the installment of the newly elected NFF board be affected by any interference, the case would be brought to the attention of the appropriate FIFA bodies for a suspension of the NFF until the next FIFA Congress due to take place on 28 and 29 May 2015.

We thus hope that by Friday midday, we will receive the requested evidence in order to avoid the adverse consequences of a suspension.”

Nigeria has already been punished by FIFA for government interference earlier this summer, yet it seems they haven’t learned their lesson. The Super Eagles are scheduled to play Congo and South Africa in mid-November.