Ethiopia has agreed to end dispute with FIFA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Ethiopia has agreed to end a long-running row with world governing body FIFA over leadership of the country’s football federation, giving the national team the chance to play in international competitions again.

Ethiopia were thrown out of the World Cup qualifying competition last year after refusing to honor an agreement reached with FIFA over restoring the local federations officially recognized leaders.

The Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) held an emergency meeting on Friday and decided to comply with FIFAs requirements, including holding a meeting to elect a new executive committee, state television and local media said.