No FIFA ban on Abuja Stadium, says NFF

“We initially thought this was an April Fool prank but it is alarming that some media outlets are taking it seriously. Nothing of such happened."
Angry fans destroyed properties at the Abuja Stadium
Angry fans destroyed properties at the Abuja Stadium FILE

The Nigeria Football Federation has described as FAKE NEWS, the reports claiming that FIFA has banned the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, following Tuesday’s FIFA World Cup playoff match.

WuzupNigeria reported that irate fans vandalised the stadium property after Ghana edged Nigeria on away goals after playing a 1-1 draw in the 2022 World Cup qualifier play-off clash.

A FIFA doctor, Joseph Kabungo, tragically died after the game after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest, according to the NFF.

However, the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, on Friday debunked reports suggesting that the Abuja Stadium was banned by FIFA.

Sanusi was quoted as saying, “We are alarmed at the influx of incorrect reports, otherwise known as fake news, mostly in the social media.

“There is no truth to the reports that the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja has been banned for any length of time by FIFA.

“It is a concoction by some persons with a fertile imagination.

“The NFF has not received any such communication from either FIFA or CAF.

“There has also been an outlandish report that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) equipment that was installed for the match had been stolen.

“We initially thought this was an April Fool prank but it is alarming that some media outlets are taking it seriously. Nothing of such happened.

“The VAR equipment remains intact and has been returned to the FIFA office in Zurich, Switzerland by Sebastian Runge, FIFA’s Head of Technology.

“The NFF understands that Nigerians in their generality were sorely disappointed by the result of the match, which came short of having the Super Eagles at the World Cup.

“It is a painful situation for everyone, including ourselves at the Federation.

“However, we are appealing that the propensity for half-truths and outright falsehood be discouraged.

“We believe that the present squad of Super Eagles is still capable of achieving great things.”

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