Earlier on July, the governing body of FIFA suspended the Nigerian Football Federation from participating in any way or manner in continental, regional or international tournaments but this sanction was revoked 1 week later.
A statement from FIFA said: “FIFA has noted that the court proceedings and order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football that prompted the suspension have been withdrawn. As statutory order has been reinstated at the NFF and the legitimate bodies reinstalled, FIFA has decided to lift the suspension as of today…”
“Since the conditions set by the FIFA Emergency Committee on 9 July have been met, the suspension of the Nigeria Football Federation is lifted with immediate effect. The lifting of the suspension means that all of NFF’s membership rights have been reinstated’’
The sanction was given to certain members of the country’s football federation after allegations of corruption was received by FIFA. Now that the court order abolished the original ban, Nigeria is able to participate in the upcoming Under -20 Women’s World Cup which initiates in August 5 as well as managing to take part in the CAF Under-17 Championship qualifier against Rwanda.
Nigeria managed to make it past the group stages of the 2014 World Cup by claiming the 2nd spot behind Argentina with a total of 4 points which was just enough for them to above Iran and Bosnia. When playing in the knockout stages they had to face France and lost 2-0. It still was a fairly impressive campaign for Nigeria considering that the nation had never made it past the group stages of the World Cup since 1994 when United States was hosting the worldwide event.