Nigerian leader rescinds ban on national soccer team

Nigeria’s president has backed down on his decision to suspend the national soccer team, according to the African country’s football federation.

The announcement came just before Monday’s deadline set by world governing body FIFA, which had threatened to expel Nigeria completely if the ruling was not overturned and also withhold $8 million due for participating at the World Cup.

Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan was so angry with the Super Eagles’ poor performance in South Africa that he decided to suspend the national team at all levels for two years.

“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of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Monday graciously rescinded last Wednesday’s decision to withdraw Nigerian national football teams from FIFA/CAF football competitions,” the federation said in a statement.

“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.” Read more.

Source: CNN

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