As if the pains of missing out on another Africa Cup of Nations were not enough, Confederation of African Football, CAF have inflicted a fine of $5,000 on Nigeria following overcrowding and lack of security during the decisive AFCON 2017 qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna in March.
On March 29, the NFF, in conjunction with the Kaduna State Government, had thrown the gates to the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna open causing over 50, 000 spectators to cram into the 15, 000-capacity stadium.
Yesterday, CAF disclosed the decisions of its Disciplinary Board which met on April 18, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Aside from the fine on Nigeria, CAF also threatened further sanctions on the country if there was a similar incident.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Mohammed Salah scoring a late equaliser for the Pharaohs.
The return leg in Alexandria ended in a 1-0 defeat for Nigeria, which ended their hopes of a place at the next Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Similarly, CAF has sanctioned against Etoile du Sahel for use of foul language towards the referee in their Champions League game against Enyimba.
Coach Faouzi Benzarti and Ahmed Akaichi were also suspended for offensive language and insults towards the referee in the first leg in Port Harcourt against the People’s Elephants.
Both will serve a four-match ban which will be in the Caf Confederation Cup, while Etoile du Sahel will also pay $5000 (about one million naira) fine.
However, the reports of violent behviours and mistreatment levied against the Tunisian side in the second leg of the encounter have not been attended to by Caf.
Meanwhile, Nasarawa United’s first round opponent, Generation Foot were also fined $5000 (about one million naira) for throwing missiles into the pitch which enabled Nigerian outfit to progress after ending the game in goalless draw.