World football governing body FIFA has revoked Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Algeria in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria had fielded an ineligible player in Shehu Abdullahi in the last match of the qualifiers.
Abdullahi was meant to serve the automatic one-match suspension imposed on him as a result of receiving a caution in two separate matches of the same competition, but didn’t.
FIFA hands Algeria a 3-0 walk-over victory, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is also receiving a fine of CHF 6,000.
The new result has no bearing on the group standings, as Nigeria finished 6 points ahead of second-placed Zambia.
FIFA, in a statement, also said East Timor had forfeited seven games in the World Cup qualifiers for fielding a total of nine players who were ineligible because of nationality.
This was based on a decision previously taken by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).