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NFF Set Up Committee To Probe Into Error Leading To FIFA Punishment

NFF Set Up Committee To Probe Into Error Leading To FIFA Punishment

Nigeria Football Federation First Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, a lawyer, has been named the head of a four-man panel to investigate the error that led to Nigeria forfeiting the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Algeria in Constantine on 10th November 2017, the NFF announced in a press release on Wednesday.

The final African qualifying Group B fixture for the Russia 2018 World Cup ended in a 1-1 draw, but FIFA on Tuesday awarded all three points to Algeria following Nigeria’s use of ineligible defender Abdullahi Shehu in the encounter.


The NFF were also fine 6,000 Swiss francs for their negligence.

Fortunately, the point deduction had no effect on Super Eagles’ World Cup Spot as the team had already qualified before the Algeria match.

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NFF Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau and Felix Anyansi-Agwu are other members of the panel, with Mohammed Nasir Saidu, Chairman of Sokoto State Football Association, to serve as member/secretary.

“The Committee has two weeks to submit its report. It will have the responsibility of thoroughly investigating how the slip came about and those who were responsible, recommend appropriate sanctions and also make other recommendations that will forestall this kind of error in the future,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick announced at an early morning meeting with NFF management and staff in Abuja on Wednesday.

The NFF release added that Pinnick also charged the Legal Department of the body to henceforth work closely with the Legal Committee to ensure the enforcement of the Code of Conduct enshrined in the contract of all coaches.

He also directed that a separate document be developed to be signed by the head coach and Team Administrator of every national team embarking on any assignment. He added that henceforth the NFF would visit any violation of the code with stiff sanctions as enshrined in the code and the Coaches’ respective contracts.

“People will as from now take responsibility for their actions, inactions, misconduct, negligence and downright ineptitudeness,” Pinnick said.

“We cannot continue to go on this way. What happened was a major gaffe and we will no longer condone this level of indolence and unseriousness.

“People must change their general attitude and their approach to work henceforth, or be ready to face sanctions.”

Pinnick also charged the heads of different departments and units to be much more alive to their responsibilities, while directing that rules and regulations be fully enforced to deal with erring members of management and staff.

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  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    Setting up a committee to probe misconduct is the traditional method of squandering funds in Nigeria. NFF has now received so much cash from CAF and FIFA, and promised more from the Nigerian Government for the World Cup qualification. The NFF members are now anxious to start spending the football federation finances for Christmas. By June next year there will be no money left to pay the players, and we’ll return from Russia with a lot of quarrel and without any achievements. Bet me!

  • Nigerian like to set panel at the end of the nothing

  • Everything nah committee for this country!

  • Rubbish…All of them are faulty even the so called picknic or wetin he call himself, how can they be making such silly mistake,it tells us they don’t know what they are doing at all but only to jamboree abroad

  • We all should support NFF in this matter. We like to criticise a lot. The Eagles is a team for all. Its a pity that no journalist, no fan, no NFF member kept a record of going on in the Eagles after each match and keep records. We the fans will take things into our hands and do the job of the NFF. So from now on, any fan that can, should be taking records of any red card or yellow card issues to our dear Eagles’ player and that of our opponents. At the end of each match we can compare our recording with fellow fans on http://www.completesportsnigeria.com. We will start with the CHAN competition in January 2018. Dear fellow fans, what is your take on this proposals.

  • A simple computer software will solve all the trouble of tracking every player’s eligibility.

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    Let’s not start complicating issues with software, just because we live in a digital age. You do not need computer technology to count the number and determine the colour of cards issued to players of your team in just 4 games. This has been simple incompetence and negligence. The NFF did not know the tournament rules. Period! Even Shehu Abdulahi himself, the player concerned could have told the manager that he was on his second yellow card. And one wonders why before a game FIFA does not tell associations which players are not eligible to be fielded. Like an ambush, FIFA knew, but allowed the mistake to be made in order to collect money from fines.

  • whatever this committee come up with, the deed has already been done, but we should let this serve as a deterant to us not just in football but in all sphere of our endeavour, sincerely i know that we really committed the blunder,but our showing of disapproval to their last kangaro fifa ranking may play some parts in this matter, and our jourmalists should always learn that all matches are important because if we are to go by how they tag the match as inconsequencial match, which latter turned to be consequential againt us.