Reports suggesting that at least five fans lost their lives in a stampede at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday have been described as false.

Nigeria won 1-0 courtesy a 74th minute goal by Alex Iwobi to become the first African country to qualify for the Russia 2018.

“There is absolutely no truth to the report that some fans died. Naturally, considering the nature of the particular match, so many fans wanted to watch the match live, and there were some pushing and shoving at the gates.

“We are in contact with the Akwa Ibom State Government and we can confirm that nobody died. A few persons suffered injuries but they are in hospital and their progress is being monitored,” NFF General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said on Sunday.

Victory over Zambia marked only the second time in history that the Eagles would reach the World Cup finals with a match to spare.

“This is a good period for Nigerian Football. Only a few weeks ago, the Super Eagles also qualified for the African Nations Championship. There is so much to celebrate, and there is no reason for stories that emanate only from the imagination of persons", he said.

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