FIFA has sanctioned Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player on November 10 in the final Group B game of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria.
The World football governing body, on Tuesday, said Super Eagles’ right full back, Shehu Abdullahi, failed to serve a compulsory one game ban after receiving yellow cards in two consecutive games and was not eligible to play in Constantine.
Consequently, FIFA’s Displinary Committee has awarded three goals and three points to the desert foxes of Algeria, though the game had ended a 1-1 draw.
The committee also fined the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, 6,000 Swiss Franc for the administrative lapse.
Though FIFA said the sanction would not affect the final group standing, as well as Nigeria’s appearance at next year’s tournament, however, the development means that the Super Eagles’ finished the qualification with four wins, one draw and a defeat.
Shehu Abdullahi will now miss Nigeria’s opening game against Croatia at the World Cup next year.