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FIFA sets African champion Nigeria new deadline to avoid suspension over disputed elections

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ZURICH - FIFA has set a Monday deadline for Nigeria to reinstate its football federation leaders or face suspension over disputed elections.

The FIFA ultimatum threatens Nigeria's African Cup of Nations qualifying match next Wednesday, against South Africa in Cape Town.

Nigeria, the defending champion, is cleared to play its home opener against Republic of Congo on Saturday.

FIFA says it does not accept Nigerian federation elections held with sports ministry approval last week, and wants unofficial winners to leave office by 0600 GMT Monday.

FIFA recognizes the presidency of Aminu Maigari, "who was being held by security forces for questioning" during polling, the governing body said.

FIFA says Maigari should oversee new elections "in the shortest time possible allowed by law."

Nigeria already served a nine-day FIFA suspension in July.

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