Nigeria fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association for fielding ineligible Player in Algeria Clash

Nigeria fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association for fielding ineligible Player in Algeria Clash

Federation Internationale de Football Association also fined the NFF 6,000 Swiss Francs for playing Abdullahi, who was to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches during the qualifiers in Algeria. It is unimaginable how disastrous it would have been if the sanction had affected our participation at the World Cup.

The match is declared to be forfeited and awarded 3-0 in favour of Algeria, with the NFF also receiving a fine of 6,000 Swiss Francs. Thankfully, the sanctions did not affect Nigeria's qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has also been fined US$6,000 for the oversight.

Nigeria escaped being thrown out of the 2018 World Cup as the world football governing body FIFA awarded three points and three goals against the country after the Super Eagles were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in the final of qualifying match against Algeria on November 10.

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The committee said though it was yet to get the details of the 2018 NFF proposal, it would give it much priority and make adequate allocations for the federation to succeed in its programmes. Patrick Paschal, who is the Team Manager should know that the player had two yellow cards and shouldn't have played that game. Traditionally, yellow cards issued in previous rounds of the qualifying race are cancelled going forward, but the principle did not apply for the latest series.

When the draws for the Group Stages were made, the Technical staff made a grave error; assumption. We have not been having problems with players clashing with officials over money. Team meetings were even held about how to handle their cards so they wouldn't miss crucial games. "Shehu then received a yellow against Zambia in our penultimate game, two years after the Swaziland match", he said.

The NFF led by Amaju Pinnick has been doing wonderfully well.

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