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Stakeholders Bemoan Vandalism of MKO Abiola Stadium

Sports stakeholders in Ibadan have condemned the invasion of the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja after the Nigeria-Ghana match on Tuesday.

It would be recalled that after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar following a 1-1 draw with the Black Stars of Ghana, fans invaded the stadium, vandalizing facilities which also led to the death of an official of the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF, Dr. Joseph Kabungo.

Reacting to the development, Southwest Vice President, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Mr Seun Ajayi-Obe said the stadium invasion was not acceptable, although he believed that the fans were emotionally down after the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup.

Speaking on the outcome of the match, Mr Ajayi-Obe said the team that was more desperate won the two-legged tie, while also blaming the poor performance of Nigeria on tactical and selection problems.

Similarly, a sports analyst, Mr Sunday Agunbiade believed that the better side, which was the Ghanaian team, won the play-off tie.

Mr Agunbiade said the Super Eagles did not play as a team and did not deserve to be at the World Cup in Qatar.

He said the Ghanaian team played like they needed the game more than the Super Eagles.

Mr Agunbiade noted that Nigeria’s Football Federation, NFF, was not doing enough to improve the national team.

Oluwakayode Banjo

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