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Federation Internationale de Football Association fines Nigeria for fielding ineligible player

Federation Internationale de Football Association fines Nigeria for fielding ineligible player

Former FIFA and CAF instructor, Adegboye Onigbinde, has lashed out at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), after FIFA fined the federation for fielding Shehu Abdullahi against Algeria, after he was suspended for a match earlier.

Abdullahi had received two yellow cards during the World Cup qualification.

Cyprus-based Shehu Abdullahi was booked in a second round playoff against Swaziland in 2015 and was also cautioned in another qualifying match against Zambia in October 2017 and ought to have missed a final qualifier against Algeria, but he played the game.

Nigeria would have been disqualified from the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation if the country has not qualified for the tournament before their last qualifying match against Algeria in Constatine on November 10, 2017.

The world footballing controlling body also fined Nigeria CHF 6,000.

The match in Constantine originally ended in a 1-1 draw but that has now been overturned and Algeria awarded a 3-0 win.

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The match in Constantine ended 1-1 as Nigeria ended the qualifying series on 14 points but Federation Internationale de Football Association, on Tuesday, ruled that defender Abdullahi Shehu, who played for 90 minutes in the tie, was ineligible to feature and the Eagles have now forfeited the point.

Reacting, Pinnick, who accepted the decision, said it will not distract the NFF nor the Super Eagles as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup.

Following the decision, Nigeria's total points tally reduced by just one, to 13, while Algeria moved from two to four points.This is not the first time Nigeria will incur FIFA's wrath due to administrative incompetence.

"This is a grave error and somebody must be punished", NFF president Amaju Pinnick said in a statement. We are actually looking at a re-organisation of the Technical Department.

"The Technical C'ttee will henceforth play serious superintending role on all details, no matter how minute, in technical matters".

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