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The world football governing body, FIFA said on Tuesday that Nigeria was found guilty of the use of Shehu Abdullahi, who had two yellow cards against him, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine on Friday, 10th November 2017.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play Egypt and two other countries in preparations ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria", Pinnick said in a statement released by the Communication Department of the Federation.

The punishment does not however in any way affect Nigeria's qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation as they had qualified before that final game against Algeria. Thankfully, the sanctions did not affect Nigeria's qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

The match, that originally ended in a 1-1 draw, has now been overturned to a 3-0 victory for Algeria.

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The Secretary General of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Muhammed Sanusi, revealed this while speaking on the sidelines of NFF's 2018 budget defence with the House of Representatives Committee on Sports.

"To be fair to them, throughout the qualifying series, official match documents didn't even show that Shehu Abdullahi was on a yellow card".

Despite the sanction, Nigeria still finish top of Group B but with 13 points instead of 14 while Algeria's total at the bottom is now four instead of 2 points.

"However, this is a grave error and somebody must be punished". We are actually looking at a re-organisation of the Technical Department.

"Following the recent meeting of the Disciplinary Committee, FIFA can today (Tuesday) confirm the latest sanctions imposed for incidents that occurred during the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup as well as in global friendlies".

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