World football’s governing body FIFA has fined Nigeria 150,000 Swiss francs ($153,459) and sanctioned it for unruly behavior by fans during a World Cup qualifier Penalty Penalty.
On March 29, Nigeria’s Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Ghana’s Black Stars, effectively knocking Nigeria out of the Qatar 2022 World Cup scheduled for November.
Angry Nigerian fans stormed the pitch and destroyed facilities at the newly rehabilitated MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
The onslaught reportedly resulted in the death of Zambian official Dr. Joseph Kabungo, who was appointed doping officer by FIFA, was the control officer for the match.
However, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) denied that the death of a Zambian official at Abuja stadium was caused by the onslaught.
The NFF said its findings show the Zambian official “died of complications from sudden cardiac arrest.”
“We are very saddened by this development. The NFF regrets the sudden death of Dr. Kabungo with FIFA, the Confederation of African Football, the Football Association of Zambia and the family of Dr. cabungo We are deeply saddened and saddened by his passing.”
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said on its website on Monday that it had exonerated Nigeria for “failure to implement existing safety regulations and to ensure law and order in the country stadium, entering the field of play and throwing objects.”
“In line with FIFA’s zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination and violence in football, a number of member associations have been banned for abusive conduct by their respective fans,” it said.
The Nigerian federal government has set up a panel to investigate vandalism of facilities in the stadium.
The Nigerian Senate also had the Minister of Youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, invited; NFF President Amaju Pinnick; and other agencies involved in the maintenance of MKO Abiola Stadium to determine the extent of damage to the facilities.
The Senate commissioned its Committee on Sport and Youth Development to investigate the causes of Nigeria’s non-qualification World Cup despite huge money from government, individuals and corporations.
Mr Dare said the nine-member committee would be chaired by Sanni Usman, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP).
< p>Usman will be joined by Henry Nzekwu as the committee’s vice-chair, while Olumide Bamiduro of the Ministry of Sport will be the secretary.
Dare added that those found guilty would be held accountable.< /p>
“Vandalizing and destroying sports infrastructure at Moshood Abiola National Stadium is not acceptable to show dissatisfaction. The young Nigerians who did this must be condemned,” he said.
The Nigeria-Ghana match was the first event to be played at the stadium since it was refurbished by Aliko Dangote, Africa, and richest man who handed the stadium over to the Nigerian government on December 4, 2021.
The stadium was renovated as part of the Adopt-a-Pitch initiative, which aimed to encourage private partnerships use to promote the development of athletes in Nigeria Country.