The Confederation Of African Football (CAF) has fined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) 5,000 dollars for overcrowding and lack of security during the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.
On March 29, the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the match was thrown open for football fans causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.
Rising from their disciplinary board meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African football governing body handed down the fine, while threatening further sanctions if there was a similar incident in future games.
The game ended in a 1-1 with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.
Meanwhile, the CAF disciplinary committee has also fined Egypt’s FA 5,000 dollars because of the excessive use of lasers during the return leg fixture against Nigeria.
The incident occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification return leg clash in Alexandria.
The Pharaohs won the game 1-0 and ended Nigeria’s hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.
Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.
The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.
The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.
Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.
The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.
The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.
Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.
The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.
Super Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.
Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.
He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.
The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.
The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.
The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.
Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.
The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.
Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria conceded a late goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt to draw their AFCON qualifier 1-1 in Kaduna.
With the draw, the Eagles failed to boost their chances of featuring at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Gabon.
The first half of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, had ended goalless with Nigeria taking a while to settle in the game.
Samson Siasia’s men eventually became dominant, but lost key battles in the midfield, giving the Egyptians some confidence.
The second half started with the Super Eagles maintaining the pressure as they needed an outright win to overtake Egypt who led the qualifying group by two points.
Minutes after goalkeeper Carl Ikeme rescued Captain Mikel Obi from scoring an own goal, Nigeria got the lead.
Oghenekaro Etebo gave Nigeria the hard-fought lead in the 59th minute, tucking in a rebound from Kelechi Iheanacho that rattled the cross bar.
Egypt’s El-Shenawy produced the masterclass defending in the 81st minute with a touchline clearance from second half substitute, Victor Moses’ well taken attempt at goal off a layoff from another substitute, Alex Iwobi.
The introduction of Moses and Iwobi seemed a perfect one sure to secure the match for the Eagles but it was heartbreak for Nigerians as Mohammed Salah leveled for Egypt after a moment of poor defending by Nigeria in the 90th minute.
The Eagles travel to Egypt in few days for the return leg.
Samson Siasia has assured Nigerians that all the players he invited for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt are ready to give their best to win.
Super Eagles’ interim coach, Samson Siasia,said that the availability of the video tapes of the Pharaohs have also boosted his confidence, as the technical crew would sit with the players to study the tapes.
The camp opened in Abuja on Sunday for the home-based players while the those based abroad would join the squad on March 19 before the final selection would be made from the 42 players invited.
Nigeria will face Egypt on March 25 in Kaduna for the first leg, while they will be travelling to play the return leg on March 29 in Alexandria.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided to increase the winning bonus of $2000 meant for the Flying Eagles in the on-going African Youth Championship (AYC) if they beat Egypt.
Leader of the Nigerian delegation to the championship and a member of NFF, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, today made the promise in Oran.
The Flying Eagles will be meeting the junior Pharaohs of Egypt in the semi-final clash of the African Youth Championship on Tuesday.
Mr Fresh said, “Before we came here they used to receive $1OOO but the executive committee decided to increase it to $2OOO winning bonus. So, naturally, one expects an increment as they advance in the competition.
Although Mr Fresh refused to state what the increment will look like but he promised it will not remain the same as the Flying Eagles progress in the tournament.
He however assured that the team was in a state of mind to do well as there are no cases of injury worries whatsoever and the players are therefore fit to do battle with any team in the tournament.
He highlighted the fact that every Nigerian wants the Flying Eagles to win therefore the urged Coach John Obuh to concentrate on shooting on target as this would achieve the purpose of winning and winning well.