Tear gas fired as Nigeria fans smash up stadium and storm pitch after failing to qualify for first World Cup in 16 YEARS

Tear gas fired as Nigeria fans smash up stadium and storm pitch after failing to qualify for first World Cup in 16 YEARS

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,30TH MARCH,2022-NIGERIA fans shockingly smashed up their own stadium after failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 16 years.

Following a drab goalless draw in the first leg, Nigeria were looking to close the tie out against Ghana in front of their home fans.

Nigeria fans smashed up their own stadium after failing to reach the World Cup

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Nigeria fans smashed up their own stadium after failing to reach the World CupCredit: AFP
Angry fans invaded the pitch after the loss to Ghana

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Angry fans invaded the pitch after the loss to GhanaCredit: AP

But it was Ghana who took the lead in the 10th minute through Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey.

He tried a long range effort and it squirmed under the despairing dive of Francis Uzoho.

Nigeria were level midway through the first half when Watford defender William Troost-Ekong dispatched a penalty.

But Ghana held on to claim the tie on away goals and advance to the finals in Qatar later this year.

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