The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved a maximum of 10,000 spectators for the CAF Champions League first round first leg preliminary match between Akwa United FC of Nigeria and CR Belouizdad of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
In a letter addressed to the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi, and signed by CAF’s Development Director, Raul Chipenda, the number approved is to ensure safety measures in line with COVID-19 matchday protocols.
The letter, while seeking the cooperation of the NFF and Akwa United management for full compliance with CAF’s COVID-19 protocols, warned that failure to carry out proper safety measures during the match will attract sanctions by CAF.
Last month, the African football governing body appointed Dr Salami Onimisi to serve as the CAF COVID-19 Hygiene Officer during the match.
Meanwhile, the local organizing committee for the CAF Champions League match in Uyo has announced that 10,000 VIP and popular stand tickets will be available from Friday at N2,000 and N1,000, respectively, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium and other designated locations within the state.
It urged interested fans to get their match tickets before the matchday as ticket sales will end on Saturday to allow for proper match protocols. The committee stressed that nobody would be allowed into the stadium without a ticket and facemask as strict COVID-19 protocols would be observed in line with CAF’s health safety measures