NFF president Amaju Pinnick has recated to the latest sanction by FIFA which would have cost Nigeria its 2018 FIFA World Cup ticket and has tendered an apology to Nigerians for the costly mistake.
The World football –ruling body, FIFA on Tuesday rejected Nigeria’s defence
on the use of an ineligible player during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine on Friday, November 10, 2017, thus awarding the match to Algeria.
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A miffed Pinnick has directed that an internal inquiry be
instituted immediately and persons found culpable be dealt with.
"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."
However, the sanction does not in any way hurt Nigeria’s qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, as the Super Eagles had picked the ticket from Group B ahead of the clash in Constantine.