AFCON Qualifiers: CAF bars newsmen, fans from Nigeria, Sierra Leone match

AFCON Qualifiers: CAF bars newsmen, fans from Nigeria, Sierra Leone matchThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday said no journalists or supporters would be allowed into the stadium for Nigeria’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

A statement from the Director, Communications, of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ademola Olajire, said that CAF instructed, under Media Operations, that there would be no mixed zone in the guidelines communicated to the NFF.

Olajire added that there would be a virtual news conference, if possible for media officers from both teams only, and that only the TV channels with the rights will be allowed flash interviews.

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”Also, only photographers of participating teams would be allowed at the match venue.

”The above puts to rest all previous speculations regarding having spectators at the match venue, and whether members of the media would be allowed into the arena,” he said.

The statement further quoted NFF’s Director of Competitions, Bola Oyeyode, as saying that only individuals accredited by the NFF would be allowed inside the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium for the Day 3 qualifier, which will kick off at 5pm Nigeria time on Friday, Nov. 13.

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