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Onigbinde Laments Super Eagles Point Deduction, Blames NFF

Onigbinde Laments Super Eagles Point Deduction, Blames NFF

Nigeria have been sanctioned by Federation Internationale de Football Association for fielding an ineligible player in their final 2018 World Cup qualifying group match against Algeria, which has now been awarded as a 3-0 win to the Desert Warriors.

Abdullahi, who played the entire duration of the above mentioned game and even gave away the penalty, which Algeria converted to draw 1-1 ‎isn't eligible for the game after picking up two separate caution in two separate games of the same competition.

The result has been overturned and Algeria awarded a 3-0 win but the sanction does not affect Nigeria's World Cup qualification as they had already clinched a place in Russian Federation.

FIFA, in a statement, also said East Timor had forfeited seven games in the World Cup qualifiers for fielding a total of nine players who were ineligible because of nationality.

Pinnick said he takes the responsibility for the error and apologised to Nigerians, saying the sanctions will not take away the focus of the Super Eagles ahead of the Federation Internationale de Football Association contest next year.

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However, it failed woefully, nearly costing Nigeria a World Cup spot. We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department.

"However, this is a grave error and somebody must be punished".

"The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November 2017".

"They assumed the cards gotten prior would not count". For instance, when we played Cameroon, Mikel, Moses and Balogun were put on notice that they had yellow cards.

According to the decision taken by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee, Nigeria will forfeit three points and three goals to Algeria in addition to a fine of CHF 6,000 (N2,175,660). "Shehu then received a yellow against Zambia in our penultimate game, two years after the Swaziland match", he said.