Don’t invade pitch, NFF begs Nigerians

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

Ahead of the crunch FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has urged fans not to storm the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium pitch after the encounter.

This warning comes on the back of hefty fine FIFA slammed on Nigeria for failing to control the crowd in last month’s 4-0 victory over Cameroon.

Supporters of the Super Eagles, without any form of resistance, made their way to the pitch of play to celebrate their team’s impressive display over the reigning African champions.

With the country on the brink of history on Saturday, the NFF wants to avoid a repeat of that ugly scenario.

Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the body in Uyo on Friday, Senior Security Advisor to the Super Eagles, Garba Umar, said:  “We have been working towards a hitch-free game, talking to fans against pitch invasion or encroachment because FIFA is very strict about such behaviours.”

He added: “Our men have been mobilised and are on the ground, we understand the nature and tempo of the game, it is a crucial one.

“And we hope that with the preparations on the ground, it will be a very free security atmosphere.”