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Nigerian crowd attack Sudan soccer team over AU troops death

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October 8, 2007 (LAGOS) — A crowd of hostile Nigerian soccer fans attacked a bus carrying members of Sudanese soccer club over the weekend for what appeared to be a response to an attack on African Union (AU) forces in Darfur.

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AMIS personnel pay their last respects over a coffin of a peacekeeper during a funeral ceremony in El Fasher, Darfur, on Oct. 4, 2007 (AMIS)

Last Sunday visiting Al-Merreikh of Sudan lost to Dolphins FC of Nigeria 3-0 in their final group B match in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Seven Nigerian soldiers were among 10 AU soldiers killed last Saturday in the troubled region of western Sudan.

Nigerian crowd threw stones at the bus driving on its way to the stadium and blocked its passage. The soccer fans were holding pictures of the Nigerian soldiers killed.

None of the Al-Merreikh players or members were hurt following the incident.

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  • 9 October 2007 12:29, by Mou Magok

    Fellow Sudanese players sorry for the incident, dear Nigerians you shouldn’t attempt to attack the sudanese soccer team who were just gone to play the match, they are innocent.

    The people who are the problems are here in Darfur, I meaning the both Rebels and Sudanese Army not players.

    Thanks,

    Yirol boy

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    • 9 October 2007 18:47, by Anuei A.Akoon.

      Dear Sudanese players sorry for what have had happened in Darfur recently, but Nigerian should not attempt to attack you when such incident happened but all the blames should go to SLM/A and Sudanese arm forces in Darfur.
      Hope you should go a head with good spirts in your match with brother Nigerian without accuse in both side all of you knows who to blame by now.
      Regards,
      Anuei, South Sudan.

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      • 11 October 2007 19:23, by bol II

        Dear Nigerian it seem to be backwardness
        to attack innocent players as you know they all ways in the football field with you not at the military baracks,
        they are none politician.This is no reason to attack them.

        Not only Nigerian were upseted by the death of peace keepers but also the whole world.
        konwing that death is around us all the time.
        Apologist to the football team and
        work for the future we already losted those brothers and have to blames the Gov’t.

        Bol Manyang

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