FIFA has slammed an indefinite suspension on the Benin Football Federation (FBF) from global football after a court ruling in the country blocked upcoming elections.
Benin will now miss June’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Equatorial Guinea.
A statement from football’s world governing body read:
“The Benin Football Association (FBF) was suspended with immediate effect due to a recent injunction by a local judicial court which impeded the holding of the due election.”
A court ruling in Benin on May 4 prevented the FBF holding presidential elections and the suspension will be lifted once a new Executive Committee has been installed.
Benin are currently second in Group C two points behind group-leaders Mali.
The Squirrels are due to host Equatorial Guinea on the weekend of 3-5 June and then travel to face Mali in September, with only the group winners guaranteed a place at the 2017 finals in Gabon.
The FIFA Council meeting also ratified a recent of the decision of the bureau of the Council to appoint a normalisation committee to run the daily affairs of the Guinea Football Federation.