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Onigbinde Laments Super Eagles Point Deduction, Blames NFF

Onigbinde Laments Super Eagles Point Deduction, Blames NFF

By James Agberebi:
Former FIFA and CAF instructor Adegboye Onigbinde has described Tuesday’s punishment of the Super Eagles by the world football governing body as unfortunate.

On Tuesday, while giving report on the  latest disciplinary actions taken by its Disciplinary Committee, FIFA announced on their official website that they had awarded three points and three goals to Algeria in their final Group B 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Nigeria which ended 1-1 in Constantine on November 10, 2017.


Super Eagles defender Shehu Abdullahi played the match, 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.

Aside from awarding Algeria three points and three goals, which however did not affect the final Group B standing, FIFA also fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 6,000 Swiss francs (approximately N2,175,660.00).

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Reacting to the sanction, Onigbinde who led the Super Eagles to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan, placed all the blame on the NFF.

“That’s unfortunate, and as I keep saying, our problem is administrative and not technical,” Onigbinde lamented to Completesportsnigeria. com.

“In cases like this, it will be unfortunate to just let it pass without action taken against those at fault.

“It is not good for the image of Nigeria. Didn’t the authorities know that the player in question had a yellow card? That was what I was saying about administration.

“Like I said, it is unfortunate and doesn’t tell a good story about our image.”

Meanwhile, NFF President Amaju Pinnick has reacted to the recent sanction by FIFA and has promised that those responsible will be dealt with.

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Adegboye Onigbinde says FIFA’s sanction on Nigeria was unfortunate and that the NFF must be held responsible.

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  • Where did that put Algeria now, shey they qualify for the world cup?

  • pls, what did we do to provoke this?

  • Forget about the deduction..so far we still dey go Russia

  • This was as our error n a costly we one .If Algeria need the point for qualification that might b it and we are home .Naija factor d player ,coach,FA should have known wat a disgusting mistake not funny

  • Our journalist should also get part of d blame, they
    should have record and make a report to d public before
    the match, this could serve as a reminder to NFF

  • Thank God Nigeria has qualified before the said game…

    But NFF and the Coaching Crew/Team should take note of this little and costly errors or mistakes….

  • the player need to be omitted from world cup list. because he’s aware

  • Tony Iloka 4 years ago

    What a sour taste to our near perfect NFF.

  • The NFF technical staff sucks. A child in kindergarten would not make that mistake. A simple click on a computer program would solve the issue of eligibility of a player in a flash. This is quite shameful, but lets put it behind us and forge ahead.

  • My country no go fit get since one day,any day,anytime and the worst part is their are too sentiments

  • Ifeanyi 4 years ago

    I will blame all the parties that involved. NFF, FIFA,COACHING CREW,JONALIST and SHEHU ABUDULAHI. I think we need to put it behind and move forward.

  • Adamsi 4 years ago

    We are even lucky supposing Zambia has 11 point they would have qualified with goal different what a stupid mistake by by NFF. Nigeria has many players that can play Shehu Abdullahi position. The question goes even though before our last match Super Eagles has qualified why fielding an in eligible players?

  • We no see the goal for net na award dem dey award goal? Hahahahah wait for world cup FIFA go cry.

  • Are you telling me the player in question doesn’t know he was not eligible for the match?

  • Ayodeji 4 years ago

    Is it now that fifa has the eyes to see uneligible players fielded by the Nigeria? They should av done that before or immediately after playing the qualifier&when I read the fifa sanction page I couldn’t see the reason for fielding the ineligible player,though Nigeria might have their own factor as number 1 corrupt country

  • Solomon Desmond 4 years ago

    Is shehu Abdullahi qualify to play our next world cup match against Croatia?pls lets ask question to know b4 it become late

  • Nicolsen 4 years ago

    Someone is not doing his or her job well and that person should not just be punished as Pinnick said. We need the persons Head or else we would have a repeat of this.

  • Destiny’ can never be change the want to stop abdulahi shehu because of blackmail and is only Nigeria vs Algeria game he play almost all the qualified matches that Nigeria play he is among the squad so the should disqualified Nigeria in Russia 2018 world cup