FIFA Sanction: Westerhof Disappointed In NFF

By Ikenga Chronicles December 14, 2017

FIFA Sanction: Westerhof Disappointed In NFF

Former Head Coach of Nigeria, Clemens Westerhof has expressed disappointment at the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) over FIFA’s recent point deduction and fine on the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles were fined for playing an ineligible player during the inconsequential World Cup qualifier away to Algeria last month.

Westerhof who spoke from his country home in the Netherlands when called him up, said it was a monumental shame for the managers of football in Nigeria.

“FIFA deducted points from the Super Eagles? For what? I hope the Super Eagles will still go to the World Cup?” Westerhof fired when informed of FIFA’s sanction.

He was then told that the point deduction was punishment for fielding a supposedly suspended Super Eagles defender, Shehu Abdullahi, following cautions in the Swaziland and Zambia games.

Having been also told that the Super Eagles will still be at the Russia 2018 World Cup, an obviously relieved Westerhof said it was a shame a country like Nigeria could still come short of simple rules of the game at this stage.

“Shame, yes, it’s a shame Nigeria don’t know a suspended player. You play games, you don’t know player A, player B with yellow card, red card.

“The federation is there; the officials of the Super Eagles don’t take note and team media.

“It is a big shame, but however the Super Eagles will be at the World Cup which is a big relieve.”