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Nigeria forfeit Algeria match for featuring ineligible player

According to FIFA, “The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player in the match between Algeria and Nigeria on 10 November 2017.” The Committee added that “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.”

However, this sanction bears no impact on the final result of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup because Nigeria had already qualified before the match.

SEE: More Nigeria news in Nigeria News Archive as well as in Nigeria News In Brief.