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5,000 fans to watch Super Eagles versus Central African Republic World Cup qualifying match



The Confederation of African Football has permitted the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to admit only 5,000 spectators at the Super Eagles’ encounter with the Central African Republic on Thursday.

The game comes up inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. An official of the NFF had last week said that the body was awaiting  information from CAF to know whether fans would be allowed at the match, and if yes, the number.

The request was made owing to the existing protocol regarding the Covid-19 pandemic as the capacity of a stadium no longer decide the level of attendance.

“The continental ruling body always sends to the host federation the capacity at every home match.

“We are still awaiting CAF’s decision but it is almost certain that the match tickets may not be available to the public because it is almost certain that the crowd attendance will be like the previous matches played at the same venue”, the official remarked earlier this week.

The Super Eagles have played three home matches since Covid-19 era. Two against Sierra Leone in Benin City and Lesotho in the AFCON qualifying round in Lagos and the third one last month when Super Eagles defeated  Liberia in the opening match of the World Cup qualifying matches.


In the last two matches in Lagos,  10,000 and 5,000 fans respectively were allowed .

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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