7th October, 2010
There is hope that the Super Eagles and other Nigerian teams would return toÂ international football any moment from now, as the Federal Government has agreed toÂ reverse the decisions which led to Mondayâ€™s ban by FIFA.
It was the second time in a year that Nigeria would bow to the superior powers of theÂ Federation of International Football Federation, FIFA, that cited government interferenceÂ as its reason for banning Nigeria indefinitely from international football competitions.
P.M.Sports gathered early today that the the Nigerian government has called on allÂ factions involved in the lingering crises rocking Nigerian football to sheathe theirÂ swords, while a special Presidential delegation, to be led by FIFA Executive CommitteeÂ member, Dr. Amos Adamu was due in Zurich to lobby FIFA and ensure that the suspension onÂ the country is lifted.
The move started shortly after FIFA suspended Nigeria due to court actions against theÂ elected members of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Executive Committee, who were notÂ allowed to exercise their functions and duties.
FIFA categorically stated that the suspension will be maintained until the court actionsÂ have ceased and the duly elected NFF Executive Committee is able to work without furtherÂ interference by the government.
The cheery news however is that the court action instituted against the NFF by theÂ National Association of Nigerian Footballers, NANF, which led to the cacellation of theÂ elections of Alhaji Aminu Maigari and his board has been withdrawn from the Federal HighÂ Court.
Also, the NFF Acting Secretary General, Musa Amadu, who was sacked by the National SportsÂ Commission, NSC has since been recalled to his duty post.
Also set to be reversed is the decision of the NSC, which ordered the Nigeria PremierÂ League, NPL board not to relegate any team from the previous season.
Feelers from the House Committee on Sports, the House of Representatives in Abuja alsoÂ revealed that the world football governing body will reverse its suspension on Nigeria,Â assuring that the Super Eagles would continue with their qualifying matches andÂ participate in the next African Cup of Nations slated for Gabon/Equatorial Guinea inÂ 2012.
Meanwhile, Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo said he and his teammates are disturbed about theÂ current impasse in Nigerian football. But the Fenerbache of Turkey defender said theÂ players have continued with their training in Abuja with theÂ hope that FIFA would liftÂ its ban on Nigeria before their match against Guinea.
FIFA handed a similar threat to ban Nigeria when President Goodluck Jonathan announcedÂ the withdrawal of all the national teams from international competitions due to theÂ dismal performance of the Super Eagles at the World Cup held in South Africa in June.