Pinnick Orders Investigation On Why FIFA Sanctioned Nigeria
President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has ordered an internal inquiry into the circumstances that led to the use of a suspended player, Abdullahi Shehu in Nigeria’s World Cup elimination match with Algeria.
Abdullahi had received a yellow card at the match between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo on October 7, 2017 the match which Nigeria won and guaranteed her qualification for the Mundial.
Before then, Abdullahi had received a yellow card in the qualification series.
The world governing football body FIFA had as a consequence ordered that the match between Nigeria and Algeria where Abdullahi featured on November 10, 2017 be ceded to Algeria with three points and three goals.
The sanction, however, does not affect Nigeria’s qualification being that Nigeria had already qualified for the World Cup before the match with Algeria.
Pinnick is, however, not letting matters lie low and has ordered an investigation.
“We accept the decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to fine the NFF and award the match to Algeria.
“However, this is a grave error and somebody must be punished. We apologize to Nigerians for this and assure that this will not in any way derail or even distract us in our well –laid plan to ensure that the Super Eagles have a great outing in Russia.
“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 Committee will henceforth play serious superintending role on all details, no matter how minute, in technical matters.
“It is important that all committees and departments at the NFF should move at the same pace as the Executive Committee,” stated Pinnick.