After making the headlines for all the right reasons at the most recent World Cup, a farcical battle over the leadership of soccer in Nigeria could undo the progress made at the tournament in Russia. While Nigeria might yet avoid a ban, there’s a worrying historical precedent. Nigeria was banned only days after the 2014 World Cup ended for sacking its top soccer officials and arresting the governing committee’s president. The ban was lifted after the committee was restored.

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