Nigeria fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association for fielding ineligible Player in Algeria Clash

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World football ruling body, FIFA, has rejected Nigeria's defence on the use of an ineligible player during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine on Friday, 10th November 2017, thus awarding the match to Algeria. Shehu had received a yellow card in the match against Zambia in Uyo on October 7, 2017 (the match in which victory guaranteed Nigeria a place in Russia), making it a second for him in the qualifying race, following an earlier yellow card against Swaziland in the preliminary round.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is also fined CHF 6,000.

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.

The Super Eagles saving grace is that they had already qualified for the World Cup before the game, which result had no influence in the race to Russian Federation.

Consul of the Embassy, Mr. Diuitri explained that football fans wishing to be at the FIFA World Cup finals in 2018 must have their match tickets and Fan ID, "which will enable them to travel round Russian Federation during the finals at no extra cost". "We are actually looking at a re-organisation of the technical department".

The committee said though it was yet to get the details of the 2018 NFF proposal, it would give it much priority and make adequate allocations for the federation to succeed in its programmes. Didn't the authorities know that the player in question had a yellow card?

"Team meetings were even held about how to handle their cards so they wouldn't miss crucial games". This was as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition.

"It was a lack of due diligence in and by one of our departments and we are ensuring that errors like these never happen again".

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