CAF fines Nigeria $5000 for overcrowding

Super Eagles fans at a match at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna

The Confederation of African (CAF) has fined Nigeria and Egypt for incidents that occurred during their African Cup of Nations qualification double-header in March.

CAF disciplinary committee reached a conclusion on Monday to sanction both footballing nations.

The Super Eagles drew 1-1 with the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, where a mammoth 40,000 fans filled the 25,000-capacity arena, after the Kaduna State Government threw gates open in support of the home team.

CAF acted on the report submitted by match commissioner, Abbasi Ssendyowa, of Uganda and live television coverage which established the lapses against the Nigerian federation.

Some fans climbed floodlights, scoreboard and television stand, putting their lives at great risk to cheer the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was subsequently slammed with a fine of $5000  for overcrowding.

A similar fine was extended to the Egypt FA for the excessive use of lasers from fans during the return leg 1-0 win over the Super Eagles at Borg el Arab Stadium in Alexandria.