Rainbow Radio’s Isaac Worlanyo Wallace, has given his account of the rioting by supporters of Super Eagles when the Black Stars played their away game in Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he described the experience as chilling and unfortunate misconduct that should never occur in football.
Detailing the encounter, he revealed to the host Kwabena Agyapong that some of the supporters on the Ghanaian side were assaulted by supporters of the Nigerian team.
He said the Nigerian team did all they could to win, but unfortunately, they lost the opportunity to Ghana.
He said even before the game started, the supporters in Nigeria had expressed optimism that they would defeat Ghana and qualify for the World Cup.
He said some of the supporters broke their way into the stadium about 15 minutes into the end of the game.
He noted that the security manning the stadium had a difficult time maintaining law and order.
Worlanyo Wallace said the Nigerian supporters at a point pelted water bottles and other items at the Ghanaian supporters.
“One Ghanaian supporter who gave a flag to Andy Yiadom after the referee had ended the game was assaulted by a Nigerian supporter. At this point, the security from Ghana ushered the Ghanaian players to their dressing room. Shortly after, the supporters from Nigeria stormed the part and started destroying things. The Police had no option but to fire tears into the crowd.”
Journalists from Ghana and the supporters were later ushered into the dressing room area, where we were kept for two hours so the supporters from Nigeria would be dispersed. Later, Ghana’s Ambassador to Nigeria was informed to come for us.
He also disclosed the Police assigned to the area told them they were there to protect the players and not the supporters and journalists hence they should keep quiet, so they don’t draw the attention of the supporters.