- Nigeria begins its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against Croatia this weekend
- The Super Eagles will be playing their opening Group D game at the Kaliningrad Stadium
- Meanwhile, the region's minister Andrei Ermak has informed Nigerian fans not to bring live chicken into the stadium
Nigerian football fans have been informed that they will not be allowed to bring live chickens to match venues when the Super Eagles play.
The three-time African champions open their Group D opening campaign on Saturday, June 16, against European giants Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium.
According to Russian news outfit, Interfax.ru, Kaliningrad region’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Andrei Ermak told reporters.
“Our information center MCH-2018 receives a lot of various questions: fans from Nigeria asked if it’s possible to go to the stadium with a chicken, it’s their symbol, the citizens are sick with them at all matches, we told them that to pass a live chicken, in any case, it is impossible," said Ermak.
He further stated explained that the Super Eagles fans will be shown where they can buy live chickens should they be taken to other regions: “We will, of course, advise them where the chicken can be bought.
“We are ready to satisfy the most eccentric inquiries,” the regional minister added.
Nigeria’s fans are known for going into match venues with live chickens, which is one of the ways they cheer on the team to victory.
In 2010, the South African government also denied the country’s fans the opportunity to bring chickens, painted in the nation’s colours into the stadium.
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Meanwhile, the minister said that Kaliningrad expects the arrival of 130 to 150 thousand fans for this year’s edition of the competition.
Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria’s Super Eagles are in the news once again as their travel attire for the 2018 FIFA World Cup has got the social media buzzing.
The three-time African champions were recently ranked 19th most expensive squad going to the tournament which kicks off on Thursday, June 14.
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While their jersey ranked the best strip in all the jerseys that will be represented at this summer’s edition of the competition.
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