Fifa has punished Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player in their last World Cup qualifier against Algeria in November, 2017.
The game in Constantine originally ended in a 1-1 draw, but that has now been overturned and Algeria awarded a 3-0 victory
Super Eagles defender Shehu Abdullahi played the game and according to FIFA, Nigeria violated article 8 of the Regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and article 55 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for playing the Anorthosis Famagusta defender, who was ineligible for the match on 10 November 2017.
According to a statement on the official website of FIFA, Shehu failed 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.
Nigeria will forfeit the point gained from the match with three points and three goals awarded in Algeria’s favour.
However, this sanction has 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 was played.
With the deducted point, Nigeria’s Super Eagles finished the Russia 2018 qualifying campaign with 13 points instead of 14 and can no longer be considered unbeaten.
The Nigeria Football Federation has also been fined US$6,000.