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.