Nigeria may face Fifa action after its football federation executive committee is sacked

ABUJA (AFP) - African champions Nigeria risk an international ban due to government interference, after a court sacked the football federation's executive committee.

Nigerian sports minister Tammy Danagogo on Thursday appointed Lawrence Katiken as sole administrator of the NFF.

The move comes in the wake of Nigeria's World Cup campaign which came to an end on Monday with defeat by France in the last 16.

Danagogo acted after a high court in Plateau State granted an injunction stopping elected NFF president Aminu Maigari, his executive committee and the NFF congress from office.

This represents direct interference by government in football, which has in the past incurred worldwide bans handed down by Fifa, the sport's world governing body.