Real Betis star, Nosa Igiebor suffered an injury when the angry Ethiopian fans unleashed terror on the Super Eagles after their national team; the Wayla Antelopes lost Sunday’s World Cup qualifying match to Nigeria.
The Eagles and the Nigerian delegation led by NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari returned to the country early Monday at about 4:30am with tales of ill-treatment from Ethiopian fans after the 2-1 win over the Walya Antelopes on Sunday.
Eagles’ Media Officer, Ben Alaiya said the Eagles were given a bus infested with cockroaches on arrival in Addis Ababa, but the team took it in its stride. When it was time for training, the police team attached to the team deliberately took routes that are traffic-jammed, yet the Nigerian team refused to be intimidated.
Alaiya hinted further that matters came to a head on match day, when all manners 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. Television replays later showed that Godfrey Oboabona cleared the ball off the line.
“It did not end there, when the Nigerian team was returning to its Saro Maria hotel abode 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”, the Media Officer recounted.
Continuing, Alaiya said: “With all taking cover. 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”.
NFF 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.
The Ethiopian Police were also intimated of the ordeal of the Nigerian delegation by Eagles CSO, ACP Baba Abubakar, even as the NFF has promised that it will give the Ethiopians the best of hospitality when they come to Nigeria in November for the return leg.