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Our Lives Under Threat; We Lack Police Protection – Nigerian Football Club, Rivers United Laments Violent Attacks In Libya Ahead Of CAF Match

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November 8, 2022

The team, in a series of posts on its official Facebook post, narrated how Libyan nationals stormed their training ground and attacked them with stones in Benghazi, a Libyan city.
 

Nigerian football club, Rivers United FC, has narrated how their players and staff were subjected to intimidation and attacks by alleged Libyan fans on Monday.
The team, in a series of posts on its official Facebook post, narrated how Libyan nationals stormed their training ground and attacked them with stones in Benghazi, a Libyan city.
The team wrote: “Since our arrival in Benghazi and up until this moment, we do not have any security personal attached to our team.
“This evening, at our training in a private facility secured in Benghazi, fans of Al Nasr came in their numbers signing war songs and thrown stones at us. They even followed us to our hotel.
“Our lives have been threatened.”
Rivers United FC is in Benghazi, Libya for the second leg of their CAF Confederation Cup playoff round match against Al Nasr Benghazi on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
The NPFL Champions hold a healthy 5-0 aggregate advantage from the first leg in Port Harcourt.
Libyan fans on Al Nasr Benghazi's social media handles promised their Nigerian counterparts a hellish stay in Benghazi when they arrived for the second leg on November 2nd.
The Rivers United FC Media crew said their hosts in Wednesday’s CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) match, Al Nasr Benghazi is making these threats and series of antics to frustrate them.
Rivers United FC added, “On arrival at the Benghazi Airport, there were no police escorts nor were there security personnel to usher the visiting team into the city; so United had to make do with their well thought-of arrangement beforehand.
“Not even a provision for transportation vehicle was made by the hosts as the Nigerians were told in clear terms that they would have to pay for the luxurious bus being provided by their hosts.
 ”The antics reached a crescendo when Rivers United’s privately arranged training session at a secret facility on Monday night was disrupted after the managers of the facility were intimidated by irate Al Naser fans to switch off the floodlights at the facility and attacked the team with bottles and stones. The irate fans further trailed the team to their hotel harassing players and officials and promising the team “Hell” when they come out for the official training session at the stadium on Tuesday night. ”

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