FIFA sanctions Nigeria for fielding ineligible player

FIFA has stripped Nigeria of the one point they earned from their final 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine on November 10th, after the world football body discovered that the Super Eagles fielded an ineligible player, Shehu Abdullahi. FIFA also fined the Nigeria Football Federation 6,000 Swiss Francs, about 2.16 million naira for the development.

FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee stated that Anorthosis Famagusta right-back Abdullahi failed to serve a one-match suspension after being cautioned in two separate games during the qualifiers.

The Eagles had secured Russia 2018 qualification with 13 points in their first five matches, with the bottom-place Algerians eliminated, thus making the game in Constantine, which ended 1-1, a dead rubber.

However, the Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding FIFA’s decision to sanction the country, for fielding an ineligible player Shehu Abdullahi in their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine on November 10th.