International Federation of Football Association FIFA has written Nigerian Football Association NFA over claims of banning lesbians from playing national football.
Dilichukwu Onyedinma, chair of the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL), was quoted as making the statement: "Any player associated with it will be disqualified."
While contravening FIFA's anti-discrimination policies, the situation is made more complicated because homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.
Currently, a Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill that specifically outlaws same-sex marriage is awaiting a signature from president Goodluck Jonathan to go in to law.
If that occurs, gatherings of homosexuals or any other support for gay clubs, organisations, unions - whether in secret or in public -will be banned, with same-sex couples facing up to 14 years in prison.
In a speech at the NWFL's recent annual general assembly, Onyedinma is reported to have said that lesbian players would no longer be eligible for the Nigerian women's national team and would "be sacked" from their club sides.
The Super Falcons have won the Africa Women's Championship eight times, but exited the 2011 Women's World Cup at the group stage and did not qualify for London 2012.
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Culled from BBC