Former minister of sports and social development retired Col. Musa Mohammed yesterday described as soft the $5,000 fine placed on Nigeria by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for allowing the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations clash against Egypt to be filled beyond capacity.
The CAF Disciplinary Board yesterday handed a $5,000 fine on Nigeria for violations during the African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pharaohs.
But in a chat with Daily Trust yesterday, Mohammed who has always advocated for the use of Abuja National Stadium for all Super Eagles engagements, added that $5,000 is chicken feed for the Glass House and a stiffer penalty would’ve put an end to a recurrence of the ABS incidents once and for all.
The Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Disciplinary Board at its sitting yesterday decided to place a $5,000 fine on Nigeria for allowing the Ahmadu Bello Stadium venue of March’ Super Eagles clash against Egypt to be filled beyond capacity.
In a statement release on CAF website yesterday, part of the charge also read that there was a lack of security at Kaduna stadium which was also blamed on the Nigerian authorities. The continent football administrators further warned that a future occurrence of such will see a stiffer penalties applied.
“NIGERIA: Spectators over packed in stadium and Lack of security FINE: 5,000 USD plus warning, in case similar incident occurs further sanctions will be applied” the statement which carried various fines for other countries like Sudan and Morocco that allowed their fans to used flares on the pitch in violation of CAF regulations.
An estimated 40,000 fans had taken over the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, which was designed to hold just 15,000 spectators, as the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Egypt on March 29, as the Kaduna State Government, had thrown the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna open causing over 50,000 spectators to cram into the 15,000-capacity stadium.
The $5,000 fine is one of several sanctions handed out by CAF’s Disciplinary Committee, which also warned Nigeria of further sanctions if similar incidents occur.
Egypt were fined the same amount for the “excessive use of lasers” in the return leg against Nigeria in Cairo four days later.
DR Congo, Sudan, Comoros, The Gambia and Kenya were also sanctioned.
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