Super Eagles Player Injured, As Ethiopian Fans Attack Nigerians
The attack by Ethiopian fans on the players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria yesterday left Real Betis star, Nosa Igiebor injured as a stone hurled by the fans into the bus conveying the eagles to their hotel had its windscreen shattered and the player’s palm slashed.
The Ethiopian fan had following the loss of their team in the first leg playoff of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Addis Ababa attacked not only the Super Eagles players, but also other Nigerians in Addis Ababa burning cars and other properties.
Narrating the incident, the team’s Media Officer, Ben Alaiya said irate fans laid ambush for the Super Eagles on their way back to their hotel after the match.
“When the Nigerian team was returning to its Saro Maria hotel after the game, some fans laid ambush and started hauling stones at the team’s bus.
“One of the heavy stones shattered the rear windscreen of the bus, sending all inside the bus scampering for safety,” he narrated
“Real Betis star, Nosa Igiebor was the unlucky one as the stone slashed his right palm leading to profuse bleeding that was immediately attended to by team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran,” he said.
Alaiya recalled that trouble started on arrival, when the Eagles were given a bus infested with cockroaches.
He added that: “When it was time for training, the police team attached to the team deliberately took routes that are traffic-jammed, yet the team refused to be intimidated.”
The team’s spokesman said: “Matters came to a head on match day, when all manner of soft drink bottles were hauled at Nigerian players and supporters, when the Ethiopians thought that they had scored an opener in the first half.”
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh, said the matter has been reported to the FIFA Security team at the match venue and he hopes action will be taken.
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