The Confederation of African Football Committee (CAF) disciplinary committee has fined the Nigerian Football Federation US$5,000 for stadium overcrowding during Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Kaduna on 25th March.
The first leg of the AFCON qualifier was hosted in Kaduna, northern Nigeria and saw about 40,000 fans who were bent on watching the game overcrowding the 16,000 capacity Ahmadu Bello stadium.
Immediately after the match, pictures of spectators on scoreboards, security lights and other facilities which were not designed to hold human beings began making the rounds. The picture garnered a lot of criticism to the west African country which is said to have a befitting 30,000-seater stadium but rather chose the former without charging any entrance fees.
Egypt was also fined for excessive use of lasers at the return leg of the match which saw Egypt qualify for the AFCON 2017 ahead of their Nigerian counterparts.
CAF sanctions were not only limited to Nigeria and Egypt, as other countries were receivers of fines too.
Kenya was fined US$10,000 for “players severely contesting referee decisions, supporters throwing stones and police had to use tear gas to disperse crowd” during their qualifier against Guinea Bissau in Nairobi on 23rd March.
Comoros also got a warning when a fan invaded the pitch during their 1-0 home win against Botswana.
The same was the case for DR Congo during their home win against Angola, a fan got onto the pitch and objects were thrown onto the pitch. This attracted a fine of US$5,000.
The Gambia and Sudan have also been fined US$5,000 each for the throwing of missiles, including stones, during their 2017 matches against Mauritania and Ivory Coast respectively.
Chad was fined US$20,000 for exiting the AFCON qualifiers, citing financial difficulties. Their exit indirectly contributed to the Super Eagles missing out on the 2017 AFCON action.