CAF Slams Nigeria $5,000 Fine Over AFCON Game At AB Stadium Kaduna


African football’s governing body, CAF, on Monday fined Nigeria $5,000 (4,400 euros) for overcrowding and lack of security during their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt, in the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, in March.

CAF’s Disciplinary Committee, which sat in Johannesburg, South Africa fined Nigeria for failing to control the number of people who got into the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Egypt, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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The Kaduna State government had thrown open the doors of the venue to allow fans to watch the crucial qualifier for free. The stadium which seats about 20,000 spectators, had almost double the number of spectators, as many were seen climbing onto any available space, including floodlight scaffolding, while others had to be held back from spilling onto the pitch by police mounted on horseback.

Stadium Kaduna
Crowd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna

Although the game passed without any major incidents, the fine came with a stern warning to the federation as regards crowd control with stiffer sanctions to be meted out if such an incident occurred again. The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) was also fined $5000 dollars for excessive use of laser beams during the AFCON 2017 qualifying game with Nigeria in Alexandria.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), also slammed Etoile du Sahel’s player Ahmed Akaichi and coach Faouzi Benzarti with suspension for using offensive language and insults on the referee in their 3-0 first leg loss to Enyimba in Port Harcourt.

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The Kenya Football Association was not left out of CAF disciplinary hammer as it was fined $10,000 following crowd trouble during the 2017 AFCON qualifier against Guinea Bissau in Nairobi last month. CAF also warned Kenya over security arrangements during CAF matches adding that recurrence of similar incidents could see Harambee Stars play their home matches in a neutral venue.