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CAF slams Nigeria with fine for stadium overcrowding

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined Nigeria US$5 000 (N996 000) for overcrowding at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt.

In addition to the sanction, Nigeria has received a warning further punishment would be meted if the offence recurred.

On March 25, the teams drew one-all in front of 40 000 spectators in the Kaduna facility with a capacity to accommodate 25 000.

It was seen as recipe for disaster as many supporters stood on the athletics tracks to watch the game, while the stands were packed.

Meanwhile, Egypt has also been fined a similar amount following fans’ excessive use of lasers in the return match against Nigeria.

Egypt won the match 1-0 to secure qualification and dump the Super Eagles out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations set for Gabon.

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