Nigeria is facing sanctions from FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF), after a report went up that a CAF official was killed by fans who invaded the pitch at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium pitch, following a 1-1 draw with Ghana on Tuesday that led to their knockout from the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup which comes up later this year.
CAF official Allegedly murdered in Abuja
After the final whistle was blown Nigerian fans angrily supporters attacked Ghanaian players and fans, destroying properties and equipment in the 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).
The crowd was shouting: “Pinnick must go! Pinnick must go!!” the mob demanded, while some criticized 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 following the incident. It was said that an unnamed CAF official died from that attack although is yet to be confirmed.