The Super Eagles of Nigeria narrowly misses elimination from the 2018 Fifa world cup in Russia next year. The Super Eagles were given the pecking order as FIFA awarded three points and three goals to Algeria.
The world football governing body penalized Nigeria for fielding Shehu Abdullahi. The fullback was ineligible to play in the last game of the world cup qualifying campaign. The president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick today apologizes to Nigerians telling press men that it was a grave error on the part of the NFF and the technical staff of the Super Eagles. Shehu Abdullahi the fullback got his initial yellow card in a preliminary game away to Swaziland. The technical staff assumes that the cards will not count prior to the to the group stages of the world cup qualifiers.
NFF President apologizes to Nigerians
He further stressed that the match documents did not reveal that Shehu Abdullahi was on a yellow card. When the Super Eagles played Cameroun the likes of Mikel, Victor Moses, and Leon Balogun were notified of their yellow cards.The Super Eagles technical staff also held meetings on how to handle their situation so as to avert the possibility of them missing crucial matches. Shehu,s second yellow card was handed to him in the game against Zambia. The yellow c rd comes two years after Nigeria and Swaziland encounter.
A mistake occurred when Fifa sent an email notifying the technical officer in charge of the team. The officer was in the hospital with a heart problem and could not pass the message to Gernot Rohr. The super Eagles qualifying campaign was an impressive one towards Russia 2018. The super eagles sealed their qualification as the first African Nation to book a place at the big stage.
They were top of the group with 14 points with six points more than Zambia. This turn of events would have been disastrous for Nigeria if the point gap was lesser.This also would have been painful to Nigerians who have high hopes of the team doing well at the Mundial with a 4-2 victory over Argentina in a friendly.
However, the super eagles will square up against familiar foes Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland. NFF is already taking the necessary steps to ensure that this doesn’t reoccur. With the Sanctions and fine out of the way, the NFF will focus on proper preparations for the Super Eagles at next year’s world cup.