President of the Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club, Rafiu Ladipo has revealed that he was almost killed in Omdurman when Nigeria beat Sudan 4-0 in a Fifa World Cup qualifying game in 2001.
Ladipo was among the Nigerian supporters at the Al Hilal Stadium on 1 July, when the Super Eagles virtually sealed their place at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals with an emphatic victory over the hosts but he said the memorable victory came at a huge price on a personal level.
“I was almost killed in Sudan because of my love for the Super Eagles. I was beaten up with horse whips and had blood all over my body. There have been times in Ghana when members of the supporters club will suffer machete cuts on our faces and bodies and our members will be admitted into hospitals”, Ladipo said.
He then stated that things are now better with supporters around the world better educated on how to treat rival supporters.
“The formations of football supporters clubs in various countries have seen our fortunes improve.
“There are still isolated cases of violence here and there but generally, things have improved”, he said.
Ladipo concluded by promising that the Nigerian supporters club, one of the most vibrant and easily recognizable in the world, will be in Brazil to cheer the Super Eagles at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.