Howard Wells last night admitted that the Irish FA must play a waiting game as Northern Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup maybe be about to recieve a boost.
FIFA have warned authorities in Poland that the country’s two World Cup qualifiers this month will be forfeited unless the government reinstates the football association by October 6.
Poland, who are in Northern Ireland’s group, are due to face the Czech Republic on October 11 and Slovakia four days later.
If they forfeit the matches, their opponents would be awarded regulation 3-0 victories and Nigel Worthington’s side would then have an opportunity to move ahead of the Poles when they take on Slovenia and San Marino.
A FIFA statement said: "FIFA has today (Thursday) sent a letter to the Polish FA (PZPN) in order to stress the fact that the internationally-recognised authorities of the PZPN must be restored to be able to adequately organise the two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches scheduled for 11 and 15 October.
“The letter indicates a deadline of Monday, October 6 at noon for those authorities recognised by FIFA and UEFA to receive full control."
The Polish football federation was suspended on Monday for allegedly failing to address corruption, but UEFA and FIFA say they will not recognise the administrator appointed.
IFA Chief executive Wells said last night: “We know there are problems in Poland and it’s a case of waiting and seeing what happens in the next few days.
“The problems are well known and it is up to them to get them sorted out.”