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Volume 10 No. 22
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Nigerian Football Federation Says Lesbians Have Not Been Banned From Playing

The Nigerian Football Federation says lesbians "have not been banned from playing in the West Africa country," according to Oluwashina Okeleji of the BBC. NFF spokesperson Ademola Olajire said, "Unfortunately, a section of the media has blown petty speculation out of proportion." The issue arose when Nigeria Women Football League Chair Dilichukwu Onyedinma said lesbian players would no longer be eligible for the Nigeria women's national team and would "be sacked" from their club sides. However, Olajire "is adamant that is not the case." Olajire said, "We have already circulated Onyedinma's speech at the NWFL's annual general assembly, clearly she never said anything of the nature that has been alleged" (BBC, 3/11).