A major disaster was avoided on Friday as an estimated 40,000 supporters packed into the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna to watch Niger...
A major disaster was avoided on Friday as an estimated 40,000 supporters packed into the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna to watch Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Egypt.
Listed as a 25,000 capacity venue, the stadium in the north west of the country was subject to a heavy military presence after a pitch invasion marred the last international there in June.
But a decision by the Kaduna State government to open the gates to fans to attend the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier for free created a frenzied atmosphere.
Hours before kick-off supporters started arriving, with some scaling fences to find their way in. Some were even pictured clambering up floodlight scaffolding to gain a vantage point.
|Fans were spotted on the roofs of neighbouring houses around the stadium|
AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah would eventually spoil the party for Nigerians with a late equaliser after Etebo Oghenekaro’s strike looked to have secured the vital three points.
That proved to be the only disaster from a Nigerian standpoint, but it could have been a lot worse given the insane crowd and this should be a call to the NFF for better organization in subsequent games.
|A pitch invader apprehended by security officials|