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NFF confirms no fans allowed for Super Eagles vs Sierra Leone AFCON qualifier

THE Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Thursday will be played behind closed doors.

NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, explained in Abuja today that spectators are barred due to the one-match ban placed on the country by FIFA over the pitch invasion that marred the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff against Ghana in March.

“We want to appeal to our very passionate football fans to take heart for this one game. It is only a one-match ban, after which they can again start trooping out to support the Super Eagles,” Sanusi said.

“The match against Sierra Leone will be without fans as a consequence of what happened after the match against the Ghanaians.

“Nonetheless, we want to urge all our football fans, and indeed all Nigerians, to support the team whichever way they can and pray for success against the Sierra Leoneans on Thursday.”

Apart from the stadium ban, FIFA also imposed a fine of 150,000 Swiss francs (about N64 million) on Nigeria as additional punishment for the ugly incident.

On March 29, irate fans overcame the security personnel inside the main bowl of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, invaded the pitch, destroyed property and chased after players and officials after a 1-1 draw eliminated Nigeria from the World Cup.

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