Nigeria/ Ghana Match: NFF Apologises Again, Says FIFA Official Died Of Cardiac Arrest

Watford's Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria's match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria’s match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has again apologised to Nigerians for the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

This formed part of the communique issued at the end of the federation’s executive committee meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja to discuss critical issues in the nation’s football sector.

It thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his presence and apologised that the team faltered in the quest for a ticket to Qatar after losing to the Black Stars of Ghana.

The NFF also reacted to the invasion of the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja by fans who were aggrieved by Eagles’ defeat to the Ghanaian side.

READ ALSO: Nigeria Fail To Qualify For World Cup In Qatar After Ghana Draw

It stressed that the incident had nothing to do with the death of Dr Joseph Kabungo who was appointed as the FIFA Doping Officer for the Nigeria-Ghana playoff match on Tuesday last week.

According to the football governing, Dr Kabungo died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest as attested to by the autopsy report.

It added that the FIFA official’s body has been flown to Zambia for final rites accompanied by his family members who were flown to Nigeria two days after the unfortunate incident.

The NFF also hinted at when it would hold its Annual General Assembly (AGA) which failed to take place on December 17, 2021, as a result of an ex parte injunction that suspend the exercise.

Read the communique of the NFF Executive Committee meeting below:

The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation met on Tuesday, 5th April 2022 at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to deliberate on important issues in Nigeria Football and resolved as follows:

The Executive Committee tendered unreserved apology to the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria for the inability of the Super Eagles to win a ticket to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

It praised the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for his personal presence and apologised that the team faltered in the quest for a ticket to Qatar.

For his steadfastness, exemplary leadership and warm relationship with the NFF since assuming office and especially for the FIFA World Cup playoff matches, the Committee commended, appreciated and applauded the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare.

The Committee further commended the Honourable Minister for his savvy in convening the meeting held among the Presidency, Sports Ministry and NFF on Monday, 4th April 2022 to review the unfortunate outcome of the match with Ghana and agree concrete steps on how to reinvigorate the Super Eagles and indeed Nigeria Football going forward.

It noted that the meeting was very cordial, as well as established and appreciated the fact that all that was needed to be done and/or provided the team and the technical crew to ensure a positive outcome on the pitch against Ghana was delivered, and in a most professional manner.

In addition, unique motivational strategy was put in place to spur the coaches and the players, such as offering the technical crew a two-and-half year contract. The standard agreement NFF had in place with the players that they will share 35 per cent of the qualifying bonus Nigeria will earn by participating at the Qatar 2022 World Cup was also emphasised.

The Executive Committee regretted the death of Dr Joseph Kabungo, appointed as the FIFA Doping Officer for the Nigeria/Ghana FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Playoff match in Abuja on 29th March 2022.

It reiterated that Dr Kabungo died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest, as attested to by the autopsy report, and disclosed that his body had been flown to Zambia for final rites accompanied by his family members who were flown to Nigeria two days after the unfortunate incident.

It prayed that God grants the soul of Dr Kabungo eternal rest and for fortitude for his family and the Zambia Football Family to bear the big loss. The Committee equally commended the General Secretary for diligence and proficiency in handling issues surrounding the tragic development and also with regards to the match organisation.

After exhaustive deliberations, introspection and admission that the outpouring of emotions by fans and stakeholders over the FIFA World Cup miss was legitimate, the Executive Committee urged caution and patience, and assured that in tandem with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, decisive steps will be taken in the next few days to reposition Nigeria Football in several areas, including the National Teams.

It also disclosed that in line with the statutes, roadmap for new elections into the NFF Board will be designed at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the NFF once the ex parte injunction suspending the Congress from meeting is vacated.

It can be recalled that the AGA to set the roadmap for the next NFF election cycle was statutorily scheduled to hold on 17th December, 2021 in Lagos but an ex parte court order was served on the NFF from a Federal High Court in Bayelsa State to stop the meeting.

The NFF had since January 2022 approached the court to vacate the order and the next sitting is scheduled for 26th April 2022. The committee has now proposed June 2022 for the AGA to statutorily set the roadmap for the NFF elective congress provided the order is vacated accordingly.

The Executive Committee mandated its Technical and Development Sub-Committee to, within the next five days, make recommendations to the Executive Committee on coaching crews for the Super Eagles, the CHAN team, the U20 Boys (Flying Eagles) and the U17 Boys (Golden Eaglets) ahead of upcoming assignments. This is to ensure preparations for the next qualifying tournaments and championships commence in earnest.

The Committee hailed the Super Falcons for its qualification for the 12th edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Morocco in the month of July, and promised to provide the team ample support for adequate preparation for the Championship, aware that the event also serves as qualifying tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.

The Super Falcons’ contingent departed Nigeria on Tuesday night for Canada for a two-match tour with that country’s Women’s National Team, and will camp in Morocco for the African Championship.

The Executive Committee also commended the U20 Women National Team, Falconets, for its qualification for this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking place in Costa Rica in the month of August, and charged the U17 girls, Flamingos to put in the hard work necessary to win a ticket to this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup taking place in India in the month of October.

World Cup Miss: NFF Sacks Super Eagles Technical Crew

Nigeria will be missing from the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. [email protected]

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked the Super Eagles’ technical crew. 

The NFF confirmed this in a statement issued on Thursday, less than two days after the three-time African champions drew 1-1 with Ghana in a playoff for the competition.

The result sent the Black Stars to the tournament on the away goal rule after the first leg ended barren.

READ ALSO: Super Eagles World Cup Disappointment Is ‘A Blessing In Disguise’ – George Abbey

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years’ contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect,” the communique read.

“A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

The football body, therefore, thanked the crew for their services and wished them well in future endeavours.

It also confirmed that Austine Eguavoen had earlier resigned as the team’s technical director.

‘We Need Warriors’

Nigeria will be missing the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. Facebook/William Troost-Ekong.

 

Following the team’s qualification failure, there has been a deluge of reactions from pundits, ex-players, and fans alike.

Many of them blamed tactical inefficient for the failure while others faulted the players for their lack of zeal.

One such is a former Nigerian international, George Abbey. The ex-Sharks defender blamed the players for not showing the desire to qualify for the tournament.

“When you put on that Super Eagles jersey, the whole nation is expecting you to go to war for us,” George, who played at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, added.

“This is not a time when you want to come and entertain; show skills and dilly-dally on the ball; take your time. Everything has to be crisp. From the start, we need warriors. We need players who are ready to bleed for the nation and I did not see any of that.”

Super Eagles World Cup Disappointment Is ‘A Blessing In Disguise’ – George Abbey

Nigeria will be missing the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. Facebook/William Troost-Ekong.

 

Former Super Eagles defender, George Abbey, has said the team’s failure to make the 2022 World Cup should be a wake-up call to football authorities in Nigeria. 

Abbey said this in reaction to Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Ghana in the World Cup playoff. The stalemate sent the Black Stars to the competition on the away-goal rule after the first leg ended goalless.

But George believes the development is a reality check on the three-time African champions. According to him, there are cracks in the team, explaining that the players could not pay attention to the “little details” during the double-legged game.

“This is a blessing in disguise because if we had made it to the World Cup, it kind of papers over the crack; it seems like everything is well.

“We need to reset, we need to find a way to plan and put in place a better quality organisation on and off the pitch,” George said on Channels Television’s Sports Tonight, hours after the game.

READ ALSO: Tear Gas Fired As Nigeria Fans Riot Over World Cup Loss

As far as the former Sharks player is concerned, there is a gulf in quality between the present Super Eagles team and other top African nations.

“We would have gone to the World Cup and probably end up losing all our group games and come back with an embarrassing showing at the World Cup,” he argued.

“So, we don’t want that. We want to be better prepared so when we get there, we deserve to be there and we can hold our own against these top teams.”

He also faulted the players for not putting up a fighting spirit during the fixtures.

“When you put on that Super Eagles jersey, the whole nation is expecting you to go to war for us,” George, who played at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, added.

“This is not a time when you want to come and entertain; show skills and dilly-dally on the ball; take your time. Everything has to be crisp. From the start, we need warriors. We need players who are ready to bleed for the nation and I did not see any of that.”

NFF Apologises To Nigerians Over Failure To Qualify For 2022 World Cup

Watford's Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria's match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria’s match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

The Nigeria Football Federation has offered an unreserved apology to the Federal Government and Nigerians for the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals holding in Qatar.

NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi expressed regrets that the team failed to qualify despite the enormous support of the government and the fans who came out to support the team at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja for the clash with Ghana’s Black Stars on Tuesday.

“There was nothing the team needed that was lacking. The Government provided necessary support; the NFF put all logistics in place with the active support of the Sports Ministry and Nigerians turned out en masse to support the team. The truth is that we left nothing to chance. It is sad that things turned out the way they did.

“Sport is about winning and losing. Nobody wants to lose but sometimes it happens that way. We were quite sad that despite playing a draw in Kumasi, the Super Eagles could not win here in Abuja. We apologise unreservedly to the government and people of Nigeria for this non-qualification.”

The Super Eagles could only achieve a score draw (1-1) against the Black Stars, which ended their hopes of playing at the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar as Ghana sneaked through on the away-goal rule.

Meanwhile, the NFF has expressed shock and sorrow over the death of FIFA/CAF Medical Officer, Dr Joseph Kabungo, who died after the game.

Dr Kabungo was the Doping Control Officer for the match.

Despite various media reports stating that the Zambian medical died following the fans’ violence after the match, Sanusi explained the situation surrounding the death of Dr Kabungo.

READ ALSO: Tear Gas Fired As Nigeria Fans Riot Over World Cup Loss

“We are terribly shocked at this sad development. The NFF commiserates with world football –body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football, the Football Association of Zambia, and the family of Dr Kabungo on his sudden passing. His death pains us very much and we are in a state of deep shock.

“However, it is important to state the facts as they are. According to the information from our own medical officer, Dr Onimisi Ozi Salami who was appointed by FIFA as Medical Officer for the game, Dr Kabungo was found gasping for breath near the dressing room of the Ghanaian team. I was notified and ordered that he should be rushed to the hospital. He didn’t make it. He died just as they got to the hospital,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Dr Ozi Salami further explained that the incident happened when he (Dr Salami) was looking to get the Nigerian player for the doping exercise, while Dr Kabungo was looking to get a Ghanaian player for the same exercise.

“I was heading to the dressing room of the Nigerian team when the General Coordinator, Kabore Hubert Bosilong from South Africa called my attention. Dr Kabungo suddenly started gasping for breath. The FIFA Security Officer for the match, Mr Dixon Adol Okello from Uganda also witnessed the incident,” the statement added.

“We tried to resuscitate him there and then, but when this did not appear to be working, we put him in an ambulance and rushed him to Cedar Crest Hospital in Apo, where he gave up the ghost. It is a very sad incident and one is shocked that some persons have been putting a terrible slant to the whole thing by saying he was beaten up by fans. That is a lie. He died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest.”

CAF Medical Officer Dr Kabungo Died of Cardiac Arrest, Not Stampede – NFF

photo credit; Football Association of Zambia

 

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed shock and sorrow over the death of FIFA/CAF Medical Officer, Dr Joseph Kabungo, who died on Tuesday after the FIFA World Cup playoff match between Nigeria and Ghana at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Dr Kabungo was the Doping Control Officer for the match.

Despite various media reports stating that the Zambian medical died following the fans’ violence after the match, NFF’s Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi explained the situation surrounding the death of Dr Kabungo.

READ ALSO: Tear Gas Fired As Nigeria Fans Riot Over World Cup Loss

“We are terribly shocked at this sad development. The NFF commiserates with world football –body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football, the Football Association of Zambia, and the family of Dr Kabungo on his sudden passing. His death pains us very much and we are in a state of deep shock.

“However, it is important to state the facts as they are. According to the information from our own medical officer, Dr Onimisi Ozi Salami who was appointed by FIFA as Medical Officer for the game, Dr Kabungo was found gasping for breath near the dressing room of the Ghanaian team. I was notified and ordered that he should be rushed to the hospital. He didn’t make it. He died just as they got to the hospital,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Dr Ozi Salami further explained that the incident happened when he (Dr Salami) was looking to get the Nigerian player for the doping exercise, while Dr Kabungo was looking to get a Ghanaian player for the same exercise.

“I was heading to the dressing room of the Nigerian team when the General Coordinator, Kabore Hubert Bosilong from South Africa called my attention. Dr Kabungo suddenly started gasping for breath. The FIFA Security Officer for the match, Mr Dixon Adol Okello from Uganda also witnessed the incident.

“We tried to resuscitate him there and then, but when this did not appear to be working, we put him in an ambulance and rushed him to Cedar Crest Hospital in Apo, where he gave up the ghost. It is a very sad incident and one is shocked that some persons have been putting a terrible slant to the whole thing by saying he was beaten up by fans. That is a lie. He died as a result of sudden cardiac arrest.”

Officials of the NFF, the medical team, and the High Commission of Zambia held a meeting on Wednesday morning to decide on the next line of action following the demise of Dr Kabungo.

‘A Bitter Pill To Swallow’: Troost-Ekong Apologises For World Cup Disappointment

Nigeria will be missing the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. Facebook/William Troost-Ekong.

 

Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong, has rued the team’s failure to make the 2022 World Cup, describing it as a “bitter pill to swallow”. He also apologised to the fans for the development. 

The three-time African champions played a 1-1 draw with Ghana on Tuesday,  a feat that earned the Black Stars a ticket to the competition based on the away goal rule.

Hours after the shocking defeat, Troost-Ekong said the Nigerian side were committed to securing the spot for Qatar but lamented the outcome of the two-legged tie.

READ ALSO: Irate Fans Resort To Vandalisation After Nigeria Fail To Qualify For World Cup

“To all Nigerians, on behalf of the team, we want to apologise for not securing the World Cup ticket,” the Watford star said in a statement published on his Facebook page.

“Despite giving it everything possible, it wasn’t meant to be. First and foremost, as Nigerians, we share your emotions and we take our responsibility as a group,” the player, who scored Nigeria’s only goal, said.

“We sincerely thank the Nigerian fans for their overwhelming support, the NFF President who did everything possible to make the qualification happen, and of course the Minister.

“A bitter pill to swallow but believe me we will be back better and stronger!”

The outcome of the games means Nigeria will not be playing at the World Cup for the first time in 16 years. The last time the Super Eagles did not make it to the global showpiece was in 2006 when they coincidentally lost to Angola on the away goal rule.

Tear Gas Fired As Nigeria Fans Riot Over World Cup Loss

Watford's Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria's match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria’s match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

Nigerian security forces fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of angry fans who stormed the pitch and went on a rampage after Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup late Tuesday.

Outraged supporters flooded the field of the sold-out 60,000 capacity stadium in the capital, after Ghana upset the home team by forcing a 1-1 draw to win the African play-off on away goals and dash Nigeria’s hopes of appearing in the World Cup later this year.

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Some of fans smashed benches while others chanted “Pinnick must go! Pinnick must go!!”, referring to the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.

Tuesday’s match marked the first time since October 2011 that the Nigerian football team played in MKO Abiola stadium, which underwent about one-million-dollar renovation spearheaded by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote.

Irate Fans Resort To Vandalisation After Nigeria Fail To Qualify For World Cup

Fans stormed the pitch at the MKO Abiola Stadium after Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup on March 29, 2022.
Fans stormed the pitch at the MKO Abiola Stadium after Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup on March 29, 2022.

 

Videos of fans vandalising parts of the MKO Abiola Stadium after Nigeria drew with Ghana have emerged on social media.

The draw meant Nigeria will miss out on the 2022 Qatar World Cup on the away goal rules.

The videos seen by channelstv.com show hordes of invading fans on the main pitch as some hacked away at stadium infrastructure.

It was not immediately clear what directly triggered the violent actions and whether anyone had been hurt.

Billows of smoke, apparently from tear gas canisters, could also been seen at a section of the stadium.

Nigeria Fail To Qualify For World Cup In Qatar After Ghana Draw

Watford's Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria's match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis vies for the ball during Nigeria’s match with Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium on March 29, 2022. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.

 

The Super Eagles on Tuesday were denied a World Cup ticket to Qatar after a dull 1-1 draw with Ghana at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja.

The first leg game in Kumasi had ended 0-0 leaving the Ghanaians to qualify on the away goal rules.

Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey had put Ghana in front early in the first half before Troost Ekong converted a penalty to level affairs minutes later.

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However, the Super Eagles couldn’t find the crucial second goal, breaking the heart of millions of Nigerian football fans.

The Black Stars of Ghana are back in the World Cup finals after qualifying in 2006, 2010 and 2014, but missing out four years ago.

Defeat was a massive blow for Nigeria, who were chasing a seventh appearance in eight attempts since debuting at the 1994 World Cup.

Public servants in Abuja were given a half-day and free transport was arranged from the suburbs to ensure a capacity 60,000 crowd cheered on the Super Eagles.

But the Super Eagles fell behind early on when Partey’s shot from outside the box slipped between the hands of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and into the net.

It was the latest in a series of blunders by Nigerian goalkeepers with Maduka Okoyo blamed for the Tunisian goal that knocked his team out of the recent Africa Cup of Nations at the last-16 stage.

Troost-Ekong was the calmest person in the cauldron of noise midway through the opening half as he sent Ghana goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott the wrong way from the penalty spot to equalise.

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen had the ball in the net for Nigeria soon after, but it was ruled offside after a VAR check.

Nigeria applied constant second-half pressure, but could not break down a Ghana defence marshalled by Leicester City centre-back Daniel Amartey.

Ghana started the two-leg tie as underdogs after a dismal showing at the Cup of Nations in January, with a loss to minnows the Comoros condemning them to a humiliating first-round exit.

I Am Not Under Pressure, Says Eguavoen Ahead Of Ghana Second Leg Tie

Photo of the Technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen
Photo of the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen

 

Technical director of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, has said he is not under pressure to see the national team through to the world cup scheduled to hold in Qatar later in the year.

The Ghana- Nigeria tie ended in an uneventful goalless draw as both sides were guilty of a lethargic display and lack of cutting edge at the attacking end of the pitch in their World Cup qualifying playoff tie last Friday.

Speaking at a pre-match conference in Abuja on Tuesday, Eguavoen disclosed that he understood the level of expectation ahead of the crunch tie and assures Nigerians of his squad picking the golden ticket.

“Expectations are high, Nigerians, football lovers and Super Eagles supporters have been praying and cheering for the team, they should continue in that manner,” he said.

“We can promise them at the end of the day we will make everyone happy, keep the support high, fill up the stadium and support Nigeria.”

Asked if he was under pressure to deliver, the 56-year-old affirmed  ” I am not under any pressure, I am representing all Nigerian coaches but old and young, we want to collectively be in Qatar that is the message, once we cross the line everybody will be jubilating.”

 

 

Giving an update on the injury situation of Innocent Bonke and Villareal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, 1994 Africa Nations Cup winner confirmed the pair were under assessment

“Innocent Bonke and Samuel Chukwueze are all under observation as the state of Chukwueze, he had undergone a scan and the results are yet to be revealed”

“Bonke is not participating in training as he had a knock as he worked too hard. We have enough personnel on the team to deliver the ticket.”

Similarly, Nantes winger, Moses Simon, stated that he was confident his side would scale through despite the goalless draw at Kumasi

“The game against Ghana was difficult because we know how Ghana can play and it was all tactics and we decided to retreat because a point is enough for us because when they come here they will take it, “Simon said.

Meanwhile, Coach of the Black stars, Otto Addo revealed his side needed to improve on their last performance to stand a chance of qualification.

The Ghanaian contingent had arrived Monday afternoon aboard a chartered aircraft at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport and had a contingent of 25 players, technical crew members, and officials of the Ghana Football Association.

“We have to improve and limit the Nigerian chances and we should try to score. We had some chances and if we improve on that we can start scoring,” coach Addo said.

He also noted that he also felt no pressure like his counterpart  but saw it as a privilege

“Pressure for me is a privilege as the coach of the Ghana National team, 20 million Ghanaians will like to be here so I consider it a privilege.”

“This is no pressure but surely we want to qualify, so I told the guys to go out there and have fun, if we make mistakes you can take it on me, we will try to play football surely and we try to score and try to win.”

M.K.O Abiola is the venue for the decider between both sides at 6 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS: Nigeria’s Super Eagles Prepare For Ghana Clash

A photo combination shows different scenes of the Super Eagles training at the MKO Abiola stadium on March 28, 2022. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Monday trained ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 playoff final battle against the Black Stars of Ghana.

This comes three days after the Ghanaians held the Eagles to a goalless draw in Kumasi on Friday last week.

Ahead of the second leg, the Super Eagles had a session at the Moshood Kashimawo Abiola (MKO) stadium in Abuja, where the match is scheduled to take place.

The match will kick-off 6pm Nigerian time and the winner will secure a ticket to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

READ ALSO: Ministry, NFF Purchase 20,000 Tickets For Super Eagles’ Fans In Ghana Clash

Highlights of the training by the Nigerian team are captured in the pictures below:

Nigeria Vs Ghana: FG Offers Free Rides As CAF Okays 60,000 Fans

In this file photo, a Nigerian supporter dances during the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 football match between Nigeria and Central Africa Republic at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development will give free bus rides to fans as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) approved full capacity for the MKO Abiola Stadium ahead of the 2022 World Cup playoff between Nigeria and Ghana on Tuesday.

A statement by the ministry noted that the buses will be at Keffi, Auta Balefi, Masaka, Maraba, Nyanya, Orozo, Kurudu, Jikoyi, Suleja Madalla, Zuba, and DeiDei.

Other places include Kubwa, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Lugbe, Mpape, Life Camp, Eagle Square, Old Parade Ground, Area 3, Kabusa, Apo Mechanic, and Gwarinpa – all leading to the Abuja Stadium.


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We Want Maximum Support

The Super Eagles of Nigeria

 

Before then, CAF had okayed 60, 000 spectators for the clash. This is according to the Nigeria Football Federation which also assured safety and security for the make or mar game.

In another statement, the football body said it has, alongside the sports ministry, bought 20,000 tickets for Super Eagles fans.

This is part of the moves to fill up the stands and give the Super Eagles the much-needed support for the game.

“We will buy 20,000 of the tickets and give them to fans at designated centres on Monday and Tuesday morning. We want to ensure maximum support for the Super Eagles by filling up the stands,” the NFF quoted the sports minister, Sunday Dare, to have said after a meeting of the organizing committee for the match.

“The NFF has done well to secure maximum capacity of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium for the match.”

According to the NFF 2nd Vice President, Shehu Dikko, a full house for the Super Eagles will ginger the team to get a ticket for the competition.

“It is a very big match and we need the maximum support for our team. The players have expressed a desire for a full house, just as the Ghanaians had in Kumasi,” he said.  “We want to thank the Ministry for initiating this move.”

The first leg of the game ended goalless in Kumasi on Friday.