SCORENigeria can authoritatively report that the email from world football governing body FIFA clearly stating the ineligibility of Shehu Abdullahi was communicated formally to three principal officers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) – President Amaju Pinnick, secretary general Mohammed Sanusi and director of competitions, Bola Oyeyode.
Also, this warning was sent to the two official NFF email addresses as well as copied to the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The email was dated Monday, October 9, 2017, and signed by the secretary of the disciplinary committee of FIFA.
This was a clear one month to the match against Algeria in Constantine.
SCORENigeria investigations further revealed that FIFA subsequently sent another email on November 13 querying the use of Shehu Abdullahi in that game.
The world football governing body gave NFF a deadline of November 21 to respond to this query.
We gathered that the response was lame and unacceptable and so the subsequent sanctions.
Officials have desperately tried to put a smoke screen on another disgraceful episode of ineptitude by the NFF with one of them even claiming the email in question was only sent to an ailing officer in the NFF technical department.
Interestingly, the NFF have set up a four-man committee led by vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi to fish out those behind the latest shame brought on to Nigeria football.
Curiously, the sports ministry has yet to make an official statement on this international disgrace.
This week, FIFA fined Nigeria and docked three points to put a blemish on a previously unbeaten run by the country in the World Cup qualifiers after the team lined up Shehu Abdullahi in a match in Algeria in November, when he was ineligible after he was booked in two other qualifying matches.