The referee’s whistle signaled the end of the 95-minute game between Ghana and Nigeria in Abuja Wednesday night, and chaos ensued.
Nigerian fans who were dissatisfied with their team invaded the pitch, throwing bottles and other objects, according to TV3’s Yaw Ofosu Larbi. According to him, the Super Eagles’ technical bench was demolished, and the team had to flee for their lives.
The Ghanaian fans and players had to take cover from the enraged Nigerian fans. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened.
The Daily Graphic reported on February 12th, 1973, stating that “pandemonium broke out in the Lagos Stadium on Saturday just after the Black Stars scored their third and winning goal in Nigeria’s World Cup elimination,” in their article captioned, “Ghana bus set ablaze as Black Stars win in Lagos.”
The celebration could not be continued, according to the publication, as Nigerian supporters stormed onto the pitch. Col. Mobolaji Johnson, the Lagos State Military Governor, led his forces in clearing the furious supporters and restoring order.
Later, the supporters turned their rage on the Ghanaian fans who had come to the stadium to support their team. During this time, Nigerian supporters set fire to a bus that was supposed to transport Ghanaian spectators. Some of the individuals were apprehended, and investigations have begun.
Is it possible that history was repeating itself, and how long would fans flock to the pitch whenever Ghana defeated Nigeria?This has to come to an end at some point, and the sooner FIFA and CAF act, the better for all of us.