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Nigeria lift ban on Super Eagles

Nigeria free to play after ban threat is removed

Last Updated: 05/07/10 10:09pm

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The Nigerian government have rescinded their ban on the national team imposed after their disappointing World Cup campaign.

It was announced last week that the Super Eagles had been suspended for two years by the government following their poor showing in South Africa.

Nigeria picked up just one point from their three games and crashed out at the first hurdle at the finals.

The news sparked outrage with Fifa giving the Nigerian goverment until Monday to lift the threatened suspension or face serious ramifications.

The Nigerian government have now decided to withdraw their threat and the national team will now be able to play in international competitions such as the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

A statement on the NFF's website read: "The President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Monday graciously rescinded last Wednesday's decision to withdraw Nigerian national football teams from FIFA/CAF football competitions.

"The decision was made known at the presidential villa on Monday evening as President Jonathan hearkened to the passionate appeals of top officials of the National Sports Commission, the Nigeria Football Federation, other concerned organs of government and well-meaning Nigerians on the matter."

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