World football governing body FIFA on Monday lifted the ban imposed on Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA). Photo: AFP
The suspension of teams, referees and officials from international soccer threatened Sri Lanka playing Yemen in October in a two-leg series in the first round of Asian qualifying for the next World Cup being played across North America. The winner advances into a group with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and either Nepal or Laos.
FIFA imposed the sanction in January when the federation was not exempted from a Sri Lankan law that put limits on candidates for sports elections.
The federation should now have fresh elections on Sept. 29, FIFA said in a statement.
Sri Lanka’s men’s team is ranked 204 of the 211 FIFA member federations, 25 years since reaching its highest status of No. 122.
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