The world football governing body FIFA fined Nigeria Football Federation the sum of 6,000 Swiss Francs (about N2,177,280) for fielding Shehu Abdullahi against Algeria, after he was suspended for a match earlier.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association also awarded a 3-0 victory to Algeria, which however did not affect the Super Eagles’ qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Due to the sanction, Nigeria’s points in the group stage dropped from 14 to 11, while Algeria gets five points.
The Committee stated that the Nigeria Football Federation was sanctioned for the match between Algeria and Nigeria on November 10, 2017.
The statement reads:
“The sanction relates to the player Abdullahi Shehu failing 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.
“This sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup since Nigeria had already qualified (and Algeria eliminated) before the match took place.”