No Nigerian pet chicken allowed in the stadium

2010-06-12 14:44

A group of Nigerians were up in arms outside Ellis Park Stadium on

Saturday afternoon after not being allowed to take their green-painted pet

chickens into the stadium.

“This is ridiculous,” John Okoro said. “We were allowed to take our

chickens into the 1998 World Cup, but these people won’t let us,” he


Okoro was among a group of Nigerians dressed in traditional green

robes attending the second day of the Fifa World Cup tournament in which Nigeria

was due to take on Argentina.

A man who identified himself as Prophet Moses predicted that

Nigeria would beat Argentina 3-0. He was furious that the chickens, which had

their claws bound together by black tape, were not allowed into the


“Viva our symbols of Africa,” he shouted. When asked what would

become of the chickens he said: “No, I will never eat this creature, this is my

pet. I’m giving it to my friend to take to his flat in Yeoville.

The streets around the stadium were full of beating drums played by

Argentinean supporters wearing pale blue and white soccer jerseys, while their

rival Nigerian supporters were clad in green and white.

One hawker selling pale blue and white vuvuzelas said he had been

selling the instruments by the dozens to Argentinean fans. “They find it very

difficult to play at first, but once they learn they can’t stop playing.”

Nigerians were blowing their vuvuzelas in the faces of Argentinean

supporters, who retaliated by waving their national flags.

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