The world soccer governing body, FIFA, has sanctioned the Nigeria Football Federation for fielding an ineligible player in their World Cup qualifying encounter against Algeria, but it will not affect the country’s participation in Russia next year.
The Super Eagles fielded right-back Abdullahi Shehu – who was on one-match suspension – in their final qualifying clash against the Desert Foxes on November 10 which ended in a 1-1 draw.
But the tie has been forfeited and a 3-0 victory has been awarded in favour of the North Africans, with the NFF slammed with a fine of CHF 6,000.
However, the sanction has no significant impact on the three-time African champions’ – who had already sealed qualification prior to the match – participation at the quadrennial event.
Also, on the Group B qualification log, there is an insignificant change as Algeria still maintain their position at the base of the log, but now with four points, and Gernot Rohr’s men are unshaken at the summit, but with 13 points, five better than then-close contender Zambia.