Benin's suspension is lifted after it holds FA elections

The Benin football team in November 2015
Benin lost to Burkina Faso in the qualifying for the 2018 World Cup but still had a chance of qualifying for the 2017 Nations Cup

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) says the suspension on Benin has been lifted, after the Football Federation held its elections on Friday, a day later than scheduled and despite a court injunction.

The team had been serving a ban from world football which could only be lifted if their Federation polls were held by 11 June.

Benin were keen to do so in order to play Equatorial Guinea in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday. and avoid disqualification.

Anjorin Moucharafou was voted in as president by the 40 of the 42 delegates present.

The election was attended by delegates from Caf and Fifa, and Caf has confirmed that the ban on Benin has now been liftedexternal-link and they will be able to play Equatorial Guinea on Sunday as planned.

Moucharafou has held the post previously but is a controversial figure, having been accused of embezzling US$650,000 sponsorship money from a mobile phone company between 2008 and 2010.

On Thursday a court in Porto Novo insisted the polls, which had been set for that day, should be delayed indefinitely as it upheld a complaint by 20 of the country's football clubs.

The clubs argued the current normalisation committee running the sport in the country had violated the statutes of Benin's Football Federation in organising the elections.

Originally the Squirrels should have played Group C opponents Equatorial Guinea on 5 June.

A Squirrels squad had been in Cotonou training for the match while the already eliminated Equatorial Guinea cancelled a friendly against Uzbekistan in Tashkent last week, because of the qualifier.

Benin need to win their final two games against Equatorial Guinea and Mali to qualify for the Nations Cup as the winners of Group C.

Football's world governing body, Fifa, banned Benin from world football in May after a similar court ruling but stipulated the sanction could be lifted when elections had been held.