NFF denies death rumors during Nigeria vs Zambia match in Uyo
People were only injured during the stampede, nobody died says NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has discredited reports emanating that five people died during pandemonium at the Uyo International Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia on Saturday.
Substitute Alex Iwobi’s 74 minute strike was enough for the Super Eagles to become the first African country to qualify for the Russia 2018, but a report claimed some persons died while trying to enter the arena for the big match.
The football body however confirmed that some fans were injured while attempting to gain access to the stadium.
There is absolutely no truth to the report that some fans died. Naturally, considering the nature of the particular match, so many fans wanted to watch the match live, and there were some pushing and shoving at the gates.
“We are in contact with the Akwa Ibom State Government and we can confirm that nobody died. A few persons suffered injuries but they are in hospital and their progress is being monitored,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Sunday.
Sanusi urged football fans and stakeholders not to dampen the mood of celebration with fictitious reports.
“This is a good period for Nigerian Football. Only a few weeks ago, the Super Eagles also qualified for the African Nations Championship. There is so much to celebrate. There is no reason for stories that emanate only from the imagination of persons.”