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Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Nigeria Football Federation reinstates president

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP):

The Nigeria Football Federation says Aminu Maigari has been reinstated as president after he was forced out of office during the World Cup, leading to the country being banned from all football by FIFA. The NFF said that Maigari returned to work yesterday morning.

Maigari was sacked by the government on his return to Nigeria following the team's elimination at the World Cup in Brazil. That led FIFA to suspend Nigeria on July 9 because of government interference, which the world body does not allow. The suspension was lifted nine days later on the condition that Maigari would be reinstated.

In yesterday's statement, NFF official Emeka Inyama said, "There were disagreements and (a) misunderstanding for a number of weeks, but FIFA has cleared the air."

Nigeria are the current African champions.

Neymar nominates Zuniga in Ice Bucket Challenge


Neymar took part in the ice bucket challenge and called on the player who fractured his back at the World Cup to keep the campaign going.

Neymar posted a video where he douses himself with ice water, then named Colombia player Juan Camillo Zuniga, former teammate Robinho and One Direction band member Niall Horan as those he wanted to participate in the campaign to fight ALS.

Zuniga ended Neymar's World Cup when he kneed the Brazil star in the back in the quarterfinals, fracturing his back.

Zuniga didn't take long to accept Neymar's challenge. He posted a video of Napoli teammates pouring ice water over him yesterday, then challenged Colombia teammates James Rodriguez, Pablo Armero, and Juan Cuadrado.

The campaign was launched by the ALS Foundation to raise money and awareness for fighting ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Fluminense fans upset with Fred


Striker Fred continues to struggle in Brazil, with some Fluminense fans demanding his departure after another disappointing performance in the Brazilian league.

Fans painted "Out Fred" on a wall at the team's headquarters early yesterday, a day after Fred missed a late penalty kick in Fluminense's 2-0 loss to rival Botafogo at the Maracana Stadium.

Fred performed poorly with Brazil at the World Cup, scoring only one goal in seven matches, prompting severe criticism from fans and local media. He has scored only once in four matches with Fluminense since returning from the World Cup and the goal came in a disappointing Brazilian Cup loss last week.

Fred was visibly upset when asked by reporters about his slump on Sunday, saying that "all players have to accept their responsibility".