Nigerians may not watch their darling team, Super Eagles sparkle of falter against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match as the match will be played in an empty stadium without spectators or even Journalists.
The Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire said on Monday “The Confederation of African Football has categorically stated that no journalists or supporters would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City for Friday’s 2022 AFCON qualifying match between the Super Eagles and the Leone Stars.
“In the guidelines communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation, CAF instructed, under Media Operations, that there would be no mixed zone, virtual press conference only if possible (media officers from both teams only), and that only the TV channels with the rights will be allowed flash interviews.
“Also, only photographers of participating teams would be allowed at the match.
“The above puts to rest all previous speculations regarding having spectators at the match venue, and whether members of the media would be allowed into the arena.”
The statement also quoted the NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, as saying that “only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigeria time.”
The translation of all this is that the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic has stopped Nigerian football fans from watching the two legged encounter on Friday in Benin, Nigeria and Tuesday 17th November in Sierra Leone.
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, Patmos Media Line Sorts had reported was ready to throw open the gates for fans to watch the Super Eagles peck mercilessly the Leone Stars. Edo had boasted of the Edo special support in football.