FIFA to sanction Nigeria as fans invade pitch, CAF doctor die, MKO Abiola stadium destroyed

FIFA to sanction Nigeria as fans invade pitch, CAF doctor die, MKO Abiola stadium  destroyed

Nigeria may facing sanctions from FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), after thousands of fans invaded the Moshood Abiola National Stadium pitch, following a 1-1 draw with Ghana on Tuesday.

The result meant the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The angry supporters attacked Ghanaian players and fans, destroying properties and equipment in protest.

The substitute benches were smashed by the fans, who called for the removal of Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

“Pinnick must go! Pinnick must go!!” the mob demanded, while some criticised Eagles’ coach, Augustine Eguavoen.

The Police were forced to fire several rounds of tear gas to disperse the angry crowd.

FIFA and CAF frown at violence and crowd trouble in stadiums and might fine Nigeria or impose a stadium ban.

Meanwhile, a Zambian medical doctor, Joseph Kabungo, died in Abuja after the Nigeria Vs Ghana 2022 FIFA World Cup play-off.

Kabungo was the Confederation of African Football (CAF) doping control officer for the Super Eagles and Black Stars game at the MKO Abiola stadium on Tuesday.

The Cable reports that he d#ed after v#olence erupted at the end of the match in Abuja. A witness told TheCable that he lost consciousness after he was be@ten and st£pped upon as fans tried to get out of the stadium in the stampede.

“When the fans rushed on to the pitch of play and started destr#ying things and be@ting people up, we had to rush into the tunnel to save ourselves. Dr. Kabungo was be@ten and st£pped upon by the crowd and was unconscious. An ambulance had to be called so as to rush him to the hospital after they tried to resuscitate him without success.”

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