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FIFA fines Nigeria N11, 000,000 for crowd disorder

ANIETIE UDOBIT,ABUJA

 

The World football governing body FIFA, has imposed fine of $31,000 (N11,000,000) on Nigeria’s football authority for crowd disorder during last month’s World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo.

The match ended 4-0 in favour of Nigeria, and the fans were let loose at the entered into the field of play at regulation time in celebration of the Super Eagles victory. It would be recalled that Nigeria was also fined by CAF during the last 2016 AFCON qualifying game against Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello stadium in Kaduna which witnessed an unprecedented crowd that overwhelmed the security and full capacity of the stadium.

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Nigeria will host Zambia in the Russia 2018 FIFA world cup qualifying match on Saturday, and Zambia coach, Wedson Nyirenda, has already claimed that Algeria have complained about the hostility of the Nigerian fans to them, when they played last year in one of the Group B qualifiers.

Nyirenda, who has boasted that the Chipolopolo would storm Uyo to shock the Super Eagles claimed that Algeria are waiting to pay back Nigeria for the hostility they encountered when they visited Uyo last November. Algeria welcomes the Super Eagles to Constantine on November 6 in a final match of the Group B qualifying tournament for Russia 2018.

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Nyirenda has also said they are ready to take in “any tricks” Nigeria will throw at them in Uyo, adding he has played for both the national team and various clubs in West Africa to know what to be expect in Nigeria.

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