A mini-brawl erupted at the gates of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on Thursday evening as the fans and media were prevented from entering the premises.
Fans, numbering over 500 stood just outside the main-bowl of the stadium as well journalists, seeking to witness the Super Eagles’ last training session before the crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
And while the fans and media were barred from immediately entering the grounds, a mini-brawl broke out when a fan punched one of the plain clothed security operatives. The security operative had pushed the fan in an aggressive manner after he tried to force his way through, and the fan reacted by landing a punch on the security personnel, which ended in both men being engaged in a brawl.
The media was eventually allowed in, but the rowdy scenes continued unabated, as the fans sang and chanted, asking for the gates to be opened.
The gates were eventually opened with the arrival of the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, who walked straight to greet the Super Eagles’ officials with the players having a warm-up session on the pitch.
The Egyptians are scheduled to train from 5pm ahead of the game on Friday which also starts at the same time.