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Nigeria Vs Ghana: FIFA Bans MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja From Hosting Int’l Matches

FIFA has imposed an indefinite ban on hosting international matches at Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

The embargo was imposed on Wednesday after enraged Nigerian fans stormed the stadium on Tuesday when their country was denied entry to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

 

The last leg of the Nigeria vs. Ghana World Cup play-off was held on Tuesday, but the Ghanaians stole the ticket from their hosts in a dramatic manner thanks to the away goal rule.

 

After a 1:1 draw with Ghana, enraged Nigerian fans stormed the pitch, forcing players and officials to flee into the changing room for their lives.

 

Dr. Joseph Kabungo, a FIFA medical officer, suffered a cardiac arrest on his approach to the dressing room and was transported to the hospital, but he died.

 

During the hubbub, Joseph went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead shortly after.

 

Dr. Joseph Kabungo is a member of the CAF medical committee and has recently been named to the FIFA medical committee. From 2003 until 2016, he was the Zambian team doctor.

 

It’s unclear what other sanctions FIFA and the regional body CAF could levy against the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for failing to provide proper security for the game, but both bodies frowned on fans intruding onto the playing field.

 

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) disciplinary committee fined Nigeria $5,000 in May 2006 for insufficient crowd control at Kaduna’s Ahmadu Bello Stadium, where the Super Eagles hosted Egypt in a Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier in March.

 

The match’s organizers admitted a crowd of almost 40,000 people into a stadium that was only meant to hold 25,000 people.

 

In that match, the Super Eagles and the Pharaohs drew 1-1, with Egypt defeating Nigeria 1-0 in the rematch to prevent the Eagles from qualifying for the competition.

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