The Confederation of African Football has granted the Nigeria Football Federation’s request to have spectators watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on September 3
The NFF had written to CAF to have at least 12,000 spectators for the Eagles’ first World Cup qualifiers.
In a letter signed by Raul Chipenda, CAF’s Development Director, CAF approved stated that only 5,000 fans would be allowed to watch the game.
“As it is known, we would like to reiterate that the CAF and FIFA COVID-19 match protocols clearly state that all matches must be played behind closed doors,” the statement read.
“Nonetheless, CAF analysed and assessed your request from a medical, stadium requirements compliance, and safety and security perspective in your venue.
“Accordingly, a decision has been taken to exceptionally allow the presence of 5,000 spectators in the aforementioned match.”
Also, FIFA has appointed Togolese official, Kouassi Attisso Attiogbe, as the referee for the game.
Attiogbe will be assisted by compatriots Komlan Domenyo Adiwotso (assistant referee 1), Limna Kabassima (assistant referee 2) and Yelebodom Gado Bodjona (fourth official). FIFA has also appointed Munkaila Nassam Adam from Ghana as match commissioner, while Abdellah El Achiri from Morocco will serve as referee assessor.
The match officials are expected to arrive in Lagos on Wednesday, while the Lone Star delegation is scheduled to land in Lagos on Tuesday.