Eagles Retain Ticket despite Stiff FIFA Sanctions


Nigeria’s premier national team, the Super Eagles escaped losing its 2018 World Cup ticket, after FIFA slammed it with sanction for fielding an ineligible player during their qualifiers against Algeria.

The sanctions among other things saw the three times CAF champions drop from 14 to 13 points, which is still enough to see Nigeria scale through as well as attracted a CHF6,000 (about N2.17M) fine.

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 have 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.