Ahead of the Nigeria-Uruguay match in Salvador, the atmosphere in the
city was tensed owing to the growing demonstration that is sweeping
In the state of Bahia, which capital is Salvador, public holiday had
been declared by the Governor, Jacques Wagnuen, on every match day of
the Confederation Cup in Salvador.
But the military, sensing that there may be mass action around the
Arena Font Nova, venue of the match, closed virtually all arteries of
roads leading to the stadium.
At about 5pm Nigerian time, which was four hours to the kick-off of
the match, more than three dozens of military patrol vans drove past a
reporter heading towards the stadium.
The roads within 100 metres of the stadium were barricaded by over
1,500 stern-looking military policemen.