The Akwa Ibom Police force have confirmed that six persons were injured in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Information NG reports.
The Nigeria Super Eagles defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 1-0 to become the first African country to qualify for the World Cup which will be hosted by Russia.
According to the police spokesperson in the state, Bala Elkana, told newsmen on Sunday afternoon that there was a stampede at the entrance gate of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium when football enthusiasts were rushing to enter the stadium while the match was going on.
“You know we had a large turnout of people on Saturday, October 7 because of the nature of the match,” said Mr. Elkana, a deputy superintendent of police. “We have people who didn’t have tickets and they were also rushing to enter the stadium”.
Mr. Elkana said six persons sustained injuries during the stampede and that three persons were taken to the hospital.