Nigeria docked points, World Cup qualification unaffected

Posted December 14, 2017

World football governing body, FIFA has punished Nigeria for using an ineligible player in the final World Cup qualifier against Algeria in November.

Abdullahi, who played the entire duration of the above mentioned game and even gave away the penalty, which Algeria converted to draw 1-1 ‎isn't eligible for the game after picking up two separate caution in two separate games of the same competition.

The NFF was fined the sum of 6,000 Swiss Francs and the previous 1-1 result now changed to 3-0 in favour of Algeria.

He said, although no final decision has been reached, the three friendly matches would be played in Abuja before the World Cup to be hosted by Russian Federation in June.

The Eagles now have 13 points while Algeria, who previously had two points, now have four points in Group B of the African qualifiers but still remain in last place behind Zambia and Cameroon, who have eight and seven points respectively.

Pinnick said: "We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria".

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Meanwhile, a miffed Nigeria Football Federation 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. We are actually looking at a re-organisation of the technical department".

The NFF technical committee is saddled which such responsibility of documenting sanctioned players.

He, however, insisted that the incident will neither affect nor distract the federation's laid down plans for the World Cup.

NFF Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau and Felix Anyansi-Agwu are other members of the panel, with Mohammed Nasir Saidu, Chairman of Sokoto State Football Association, to serve as member/secretary.

Ladipo said: "It's disheartening that this could happen in a big country like Nigeria; it is a shame and an embarrassment that the NFF could not tidy up their end".