Nigeria’s President Suspends Nation’s Football Team for Two Years Due to Woeful 2010 World Cup Display

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U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Acting President Goodluck E. Jonathan of Nigeria, to the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center on April 12, 2010 in Washington. UPI/Ron Sachs/Pool Photo via Newscom

Nigeria’s president has suspended his nation’s football team from international competition for two years after a poor showing at the World Cup.
Special presidential adviser Ima Niboro told reporters the decision by Goodluck Jonathan will “enable Nigeria to reorganise its football”.
The BBC understands the Nigerian Football Federation is to be dissolved and an interim board appointed.
Nigeria were knocked out in the group stages without winning a game.
Niboro said: “This directive became necessary following Nigeria’s poor performance in the ongoing World Cup.
Under Fifa rules, government interference with national teams is strictly forbidden. (BBC Sport)

This is a tad of a harsh over reaction. After all the west African country didn’t do that badly. In fact had Yakubu not missed this sitter then everything could have been so different.

FIFA won’t be happy with this at all and this ban would clearly make it hard for Nigeria to qualify for the African Nations Cup in 2012. Jonathan Goodluck is something of a eccentric character and perhaps he felt that making such a statement would help appease the voters. For those of you who like a bit of trivia, President Goodluck is by profession a Zoologist and was charged with money laundering in the UK in 2006. Of course these two statements were dug up from Wikipedia so could in fact be completely false.

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