The Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the national football team from international competition for the next two years following their poor performance in the World Cup, a senior adviser said today.

"Mr President has directed that Nigeria will withdraw from all international football competition for the next two years to enable Nigeria to reorganise its football," Ima Niboro, a special adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, told reporters.

"This directive became necessary following Nigeria's poor performance in the ongoing Fifa World Cup."

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Nigeria were knocked out in the first round. Fifa is opposed to political interference in the regulation of national sides and this month the Fifa president Sepp Blatter warned the France president Nicolas Sarkozy that he would suspend the side from international football if he continued to meddle in football matters.