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The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has punished Nigeria for using an ineligible player in their final World Cup qualifier against Algeria in November, AOIFootball.com reports.

The match in Constantine originally ended in a 1-1 draw but that has now been overturned and Algeria awarded a 3-0 win.

The sanction does not however affect Nigeria’s World Cup qualification as the country had already clinched a place in Russia before the Algeria tie.

Abdullahi Shehu, who was ineligible to feature in the game, played the whole match against Algeria, even though he should have been suspended for picking up yellow cards in two previous qualifiers.

The defender was cautioned in the Super Eagles 1-0 win against Zambia in October that sealed Nigeria’s spot in Russia, having been shown a yellow card in the first leg of their second round tie against Swaziland in November 2015.

The Nigeria Football Federation has also been fined CHF 6,000 (Swiss Francs) for the oversight.

Nigeria still finishes top of Group B but now with 13 points instead of the initial 14 while Algeria’s total at the bottom is now four rather than 2 points.

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