Kaduna is fast becoming a new home for the senior national team, the Super Eagles, and the football-crazy fans in the crocodile City have warmed up to it…, perhaps excessively.
After successfully hosting the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Chad last June, the Eagles returned to the Northern Nigerian City to an over-enthusiastic welcome on Friday when Egypt came calling.
It was also the first game in which current Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel skippered the Nigerian side, drawing out the fans in a city where the Blues have a passionate following.
A reported 40,000 spectators crammed into the 25,000 capacity Ahmadu Bello Stadium to see their beloved team take on the Pharaohs in a do-or-bust Group G clash.
It was a frenzied atmosphere in the stadium as supporters were seen on the top of the scoreboard, floodlights and perimeter fence as more fans descended on the ground.
AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah would eventually spoil the party for Nigerians with a late equaliser after Etebo Oghenekaro’s strike looked to have secured the vital three points.
That proved to be the only disaster from a Nigerian standpoint, but it could have been a lot worse given the insane crowd and this should be a call to the NFF for better organization in subsequent games.
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