Abuja Stadium Gets Luxury Dugout As Nigeria Spend Millions to Replace Equipment Destroyed by Fans
- Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja is wearing a new look as the Nigerian government spent heavily in replacing destroyed equipment
- Following the failure of the Super Eagles to secure a World Cup ticket, fans in Abuja stormed the pitch to rip apart anything and everything in sight
- Sports Brief can confirm that luxury dugouts have been provided in the facility as the stadium wears a new look
The Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja is wearing a new look as the technical area and pitch that were tampered with by fans have all been fixed.
Irate football fans ripped apart some equipment within the facility after Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup following a 1-1 draw against Ghana.
The Super Eagles had forced the Black Stars to a goalless draw in Kumasi and only needed a win in the reverse fixture to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But Nigerian fans were stunned at home when Thomas Partey put the Ghanaians ahead in the opening minutes of the reverse fixture, before William Troost-Ekong restored parity from the spot.
Despite efforts to get the winning goal to take them to the World Cup, the Super Eagles failed to find the net and the draw left fans unimpressed as they stormed onto the pitch in an angry fashion.
Hundreds of Nigerian fans and Super Eagles supporters at the 60,000 capacity National Stadium in Abuja took to the pitch to wreak havoc on the stadium and its facilities.
Among the equipment destroyed were the dugout and technical bench, while the posts and nets were also ripped apart by the furious fans.
However, Sports Brief observed that the destroyed technical bench has been replaced with luxury dugouts ahead of the AFCON qualifier against Senegal.
The posts and nets have also been fixed, however the FIFA ruled that Nigeria vs Sierra Leone game will be played behind closed doors and also announced a fine of $150,000 on Nigeria for the disturbances after that World Cup qualifier, The Niche reports.
Sierra Leone fire warning at Super Eagles
Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone will go for all three points when they face the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Thursday evening.
Both countries go head-to-head as they begin their quest to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations billed to be hosted by Ivory Coast.
The media officer of the Leone Stars, Eric Fomba, stated that his side are in Nigeria to claim all three points, but at most, share the spoils.