Super Eagles WC Qualifiers point deducted as FIFA fines Nigeria

Federation of International Football Association, FIFA have fined the Nigeria Football Federation 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,175,660) for fielding an ineligible player in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November, 2017.

Nigeria fielded Shehu Abdullahi for the game and according to FIFA, violated article 8 of the Regulations of the 2018 World Cup Russia and article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.  

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According to a statement on the official website of FIFA, Shehu failed to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition. Shehu apparently received two cautions in the qualifying series: the first in the first leg of the Second Round play-off against Swaziland, and the second in the win over Zambia in October, which secured qualification for next year's Mundial in Russia. This, in effect, made him ineligible for the next game against Algeria.

With the sanction already accepted by the NFF, Nigeria will forfeit the point gained from the encounter with three points and three goals awarded in favour of Algeria. With the deducted point, the Super Eagles finished the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign with 13 points instead of 14 and can no longer be considered unbeaten.

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