Nigeria docked points, World Cup qualification unaffected

Nigeria docked points, World Cup qualification unaffected

Incidentally, Nigeria only lost one point as the match ended 1-1.

World football governing body FIFA has sanctioned Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player in Shehu Abdullahi in their final FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers tie against Algeria on the 10th of November 2017 in Constantine.

Due to the sanction, Nigeria's points in the group stage dropped from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.

Although he should be serving suspension for picking up yellow cards in two previous games, Abdullahi Shehu played the full game against Algeria.

Nigeria have been docked two points for fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria but their place at next year's finals in Russian Federation has not been affected, FIFA said on Tuesday.

However, this ruling did not affect Nigeria's qualification to Russian Federation 2018 as they still finished with 13 points from six matches as Zambia were a distant second on eight points.

However, NFF President Pinnick has directed that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately and persons found culpable be dealt with.

"However, this is a grave error and somebody must be punished".

Pinnick said: "I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist". We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department.

Furthermore, a fine of $6000 was slammed on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for the breach, which now puts a dent on Nigeria's flawless qualifying record, even if it doesn't affect the country's participation at the Mundial in Russia next year.

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