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banner Sunday, 30 January, 2000, 00:03 GMT
Nigeria and Egypt fined

Fans of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Nigerian fans: Disappointed about Eagles' flight

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined co-hosts Nigeria and defending champions Egypt, over the behaviour of their fans.

Nigeria has been fined $2,000 for the unruly behaviour of the Super Eagles' fans, after their team drew 0-0 against one of the tournament's underdogs, Congo.

If the Nigerian fans continue with this unruly behaviour, the team's matches in Lagos during the tournament will be played behind closed doors
CAF statement
Many angry and disappointed Nigerian fans hurled plastic bottles onto the pitch and booed their team.

The squad had to be kept in their dressing room for a while for their own safety.

Police dispersed the angry fans with tear gas after they smashed the window of the team bus outside the stadium.

Some of the fans are reported to have been injured in the post-match disturbances.

Coach Jo Bonfrere: Calling for understanding Coach Jo Bonfrere: Calling for understanding
A CAF statement on Saturday said: "CAF views with displeasure the unruly behaviour of the home fans towards the end and after the match between Nigeria and Congo."

"If the Nigerian fans continue with this unruly behaviour, the team's matches in Lagos during the tournament will be played behind closed doors," CAF warned.

The defending champions Egypt were also fined $1,000 after reports that their fans had stoned Senegalese players during the game which Egypt won 1-0.

CAF rejected an appeal from Senegal for the result to be nullified on the grounds that the goal was scored at a time when there was a second ball on the pitch.

Shaken Eagles react to fans

The coach of the Nigerian team, Dutchman Jo Bonfrere has hit back at the fans and critics.

He said: "You don't win all matches, our fans should understand that and be more cultured and civilised in how they react to our performance."

Why jeer us when we did not lose?
Eagles' captain Oliseh
The players were also shaken by the attitude of their fans.

"We didn't go out there for a 0-0 draw. We always want to win for our country...our fans. That we drew shouldn't make the fans be unruly," said Tijjani Babangida, a second-half substitute in Friday's match.

"I'm disappointed with the attitude of the fans. Why jeer us when we did not lose?" asked team captain, Sunday Oliseh.

Some of the players said they were worried the fans may not give them support in their final Group D match against Morocco on 3 February.

"I think the fans may support Morocco when we play them," said defender Furo Iyenemi.

And substitute striker Benedict Akwuegbu, who missed an easy scoring chance against Congo, added: "I won't be surprised if the fans don't show some understanding when we play Morocco."

A draw against Morocco will guarantee that both nations - currently at the top of their group with 4 points each - move to the quarter-finals.

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