Angry fans of the Super Eagles of Nigeria invaded the newly renovated MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, and destroyed some facilities, following the team’s failure to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Going into Tuesday’s crucial tie, the Eagles needed an outright win to qualify for a seventh World Cup appearance.
But after 90 minutes the game ended 1-1 which saw the Black Stars of Ghana ended Nigeria’s dream of becoming the first African country to qualify for four consecutive World Cups.
The Ghanaians secured a 1-1 draw in Abuja on Tuesday to progress to the World Cup based on the away goals rule — after holding Nigeria to a goalless draw in Kumasi last Friday.
Arsenal’s midfielder, Thomas Partey put Ghana ahead on 11 minutes with a low shot which slipped through Francis Uzoho’s hands.
But the Eagles equalized in the 22nd minutes after William Troost-Ekong converted from the penalty spot.
Every effort to find the winning goal proved abortive as the Black Stars held on to qualify for a fourth World Cup outing.
After the final whistle, angry fans started throwing items from the stands, destroying the substitute bench and other facilities they could lay their hands on.
After close to 30 minutes, they were eventually dispersed with tear gas by security personnel.