Players and officials of Nigerian National Team, the Super Eagles, on Wednesday ran for dear life when fans invaded the pitch at the Abuja National Stadium after the match against Sudan.
The Eagles won the match, an AFCON Group A qualifier, 3-1 with CSKA Moscow attacker, Ahmed Musa, getting a brace in the 48th and 89th minute, while newcomer, Aaron Samuel, who plies his trade in the Chinese League, also got a home debut goal in the 66th minute.
However, immediately the centre referee blew the whistle to signal the end of the match, Nigerian fans invaded the pitch and went after the Nigerian players.
While some of the fans appeared to be in the pitch to celebrate the victory by shaking hands and hugging the players, others appeared to have a different motive as they went after the players attempting to forcefully pull off their jerseys.
Seeing what was happening to some of their colleagues, the other Super Eagles players bolted to the dugout with many of the fans followed in hot pursuit.
The combined efforts of the Nigerian Police on horses and officials of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps and their dogs helped in rescuing some of the players. The security operatives thereafter dispersed the unruly crowd.
Some of the invaders were however arrested by the police and taken away.
But as soon as the players left for their dressing rooms, some of the invaders returned to the pitch and vandalised the nets and goal posts, while many others were seen all over the pitch dancing and enjoying themselves.
The Nigerian fans had earlier also celebrated each of the goals scored by the Super Eagles by throwing empty plastic bottles into the arena.
A section of the fans also threw objects at the Sudanese players warming up behind the Nigerian goal post and security agents had to intervene to stop them.
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