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Benin Suspended country granted partial reprieve by FIFA

“If this condition is not met, the game will simply be cancelled and the organising committee for the Africa Cup of Nations will rule on the case,” it added.

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Mohamed Zidan of Egypt (C) is challenged by Damien Chrysostome (R) and Khaled Adenon of Benin during their African Nations Cup soccer match at Ombaka stadium in Benguela January 20, 2010. play Mohamed Zidan of Egypt (C) is challenged by Damien Chrysostome (R) and Khaled Adenon of Benin during their African Nations Cup soccer match at Ombaka stadium in Benguela January 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Benin have been granted a partial reprieve from the prospect of having to forfeit a key African Nations Cup qualifier after their suspension was conditionally lifted by FIFA.

The small west African country was banned by world football’s governing body last month after a local court stopped its football federation elections. FIFA has suspended several countries previously for outside interference in footballing affairs.

The ban threatened the Group C qualifier against Equatorial Guinea, scheduled for Cotonou on Sunday, but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it would now be played on June 12.

“Following the decision of the FIFA Council on the conditional lifting of the suspension of Benin, CAF decided to postpone the qualifier initially scheduled for June 5,” said a statement on Saturday, adding that it would go ahead only if elections took place no later than June 11.

“If this condition is not met, the game will simply be cancelled and the organising committee for the Africa Cup of Nations will rule on the case,” it added.

Benin are in contention for a place in next year’s finals, sitting two points behind group leaders Mali with two matches left.

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