Live watching of Super Eagles match with the Crocodiles of Lesotho on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos is restricted to only few thousands fans.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku, made this known on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
The match is an African Nations Cup qualifier.
Aiyepeku said: “The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and their counterparts from Lesotho will be played under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, the Confederation of Africa Football has ordered.
“What this means is that the chance of Lagos fans watching their darling Eagles live at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere on Tuesday, March 30, is restricted to just a few thousands fans.
“Authorising Nigeria as the first African nation to have fans in the stadium at this time speaks volumes of CAF’s confidence in the country and our ability to cope with strict crowd control demands.
“Lagos has made plans to abide by CAF’s guidelines by meeting all requirements.”
Aiyepeku noted that it was unusual for Eagles not to play before a full house.
He said: “We all have to make sacrifices to ensure all things work out well.
“This is for our long-term good, bearing in mind the situation in which COVID-19 has put the entire globe.
“On this note, we will strictly abide by CAF’s decisions on the need for fans control as it is a necessary decision for public safety.
“CAF has uniquely given us permission to have a very limited crowd in the stadium for the game because of COVID-19 restrictions in the interest of public safety.”
The LSSC boss also told NAN that match tickets were not open to the general public.
“We are working with the Nigeria Football Federation on a strict selection process for the few fans that will be in the stands,” Aiyepeku.
He said fans without valid tickets would be turned back at the entrance of the stadium, adding that security checks had been put in place for the encounter.
He also said COVID-19 protocols would be strictly observed.