Controversy… Super Eagles in limbo
Nigeria’s suspension from FIFA competitions has been provisionally lifted, pending a further court hearing on October 25. The world governing body announced on Monday that it had suspended the Nigerian Football Federation, owing to government’s interference.
While, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have now put off Nigeria’s Group B tie away in Guinea on Sunday until further notice after FIFA this week suspended the country from international football because of government interference in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
But the football governing body said on Friday that it would provisionally allow the team to return “after observing that the situation had taken a positive turn in recent days”, which should allow the game to go ahead. Nigeria won her opening Nations Cup qualifier 2-0 against Madagascar.
FIFA has constantly warned the Nigerian government not to interfere in football affairs in the wake of a poor World Cup campaign.
There were already huge doubts over this match because at a time it looked like it would clash with Guinea’s general elections. “All the players are unhappy over the ban because we know that this will affect us negatively,” lamented Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo after the team’s training in Abuja on Thursday.
The West Africans were knocked out in the first round in South Africa, prompting the country’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, to suspend the team.
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