FIFA also awarded a 3-0 victory to Algeria, which however did not affect Nigeria’s qualification for the World Cup because they had qualified already before the said match.
The leadership of the Nigerian Football Federation under Amaju Pinnick has ordered an investigation into the offence spotted by FIFA.
Read the NFF’s statement below:
“NFF President has directed that an internal inquiry be instituted immediately & persons found culpable be dealt with.
“We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary C’ttee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria.
“At the same time, I want to assure that persons responsible for this slip would not be given just a slap on the wrist. We are actually looking at a re-organization of the Technical Department.
“The Technical C’ttee will henceforth play serious superintending role on all details, no matter how minute, in technical matters.
“It is important that all committees and depts at the NFF should move at the same pace as the Executive C’ttee,” said Pinnick