No Nigerian pet chicken allowed in the stadium

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 complained.

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 stadium.

“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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