FIFA ban: Sunshine friendly vs Benin off

FIFA ban: Sunshine friendly vs Benin off
Goalkeeper Fabiyi of Shooting Stars

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014. 11:18

A friendly international match involving Nigerian club Sunshine Stars and Benin Republic in Cotonou has been called off following a FIFA ban on Nigeria, officials informed

“The match did not take place as planned because of the FIFA ban on Nigeria, which forbids any international football contact with Nigeria,” a Benin FA official informed

Sunshine Stars are now due back in Nigeria by the weekend after being in Cotonou for several days.

Benin had planned to use this test game to prepare for a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi in Cotonou on Sunday.

The FIFA ban has already caused former FIFA referee Linus Mba a CAF appointment for this weekend.

Nigeria have till Thursday to quash a court ruling which restrained the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from office and reinstate the NFF board.

If they failed to do so, the country will be replaced at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Canada.

The country’s U17 team are also due to take on their DR Congo counterparts on Sunday in a qualifying match billed for Kinshasa.

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