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NFF set to enlighten fans over pitch encroachment

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Secretary-General of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sanusi Mohammed, on Tuesday said the federation would begin to educate fans on FIFA rules to avoid future sanctions from FIFA.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles will host the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Saturday in their penultimate fixture in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they will need the full points to clinch the Group B sole ticket ahead of their final group match against Algeria.

Nigeria was fined 30,000 Swiss Francs for pitch invasion by fans in the Super Eagles’ Russia 2018 qualifier against Cameroon at the same Uyo venue on Sept. 1.

Mohammed, however, told NAN in Abuja that the federation would use the media to appeal to supporters to stay off the pitch after the game.

“We are going to educate, and we will appeal to the fans to stay off the field of play either before, during or after the match.

“We can understand that the fans’ happiness with the outcome of the match has always led to this, celebrating to the extent of going into the pitch. But we should also be magnanimous in victory.

“The media will be used to appeal to the fans in Uyo to ensure that there would not be a repeat of the situation, especially as we face Zambia on Saturday,” Mohammed said.

Speaking also, Emmanuel Zira, the Chairman of Adamawa United Football Club of Yola, a Nigeria National League (NNL) clubside, said security agents needed to be trained on crowd management.

“I cannot remember the last time any security agent was trained on crowd management at sports venues, and that is why referees are being beaten to stupor after most matches here in Nigeria.

“This is because the security operatives are poorly trained and we as administrators should begin to look at that,” Zira added.

Source: ( PM News )

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