The Nigerian Football Federation has denied reports that five people died at the Uyo International Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia on Saturday.
The football body however confirmed that some fans were injured while attempting to gain access t the stadium.
- There had been reports that some fans died during a stampede at the game.
- Reports also confirmed that some persons were injured during the match.
“There is absolutely no truth to the report that some fans died. Naturally, considering the nature of the particular match, so many fans wanted to watch the match live, and there were some pushing and shoving at the gates.
“We are in contact with the Akwa Ibom State Government and we can confirm that nobody died. A few persons suffered injuries but they are in hospital and their progress is being monitored,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Sunday.
Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the World up in Russia with a 1-0 win over Zambia.