Tchani cap-tied to Cameroon; Severe overcrowding at Nigeria match (photo)

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This weekend’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers have already provided much more than Hlompho Kekana’s wild distance goal.

First, a note that freebies can get out of hand if you’re not prepared.

Nigeria’s Kaduna State government let fans in for free in a qualifier against Egypt on Friday, and an estimated 40,000 showed up to the 16,000 capacity venue, climbing fixtures and ascending the roof to get a view of the action.

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It’s an amazing oversight, and the authorities are fortunate that fans, players and officials remained safe in the 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, one-time USMNT call-up Tony Tchani is now cap-tied to Cameroon after playing in a qualifier against South Africa. So that ship has sailed.

Tchani, 26, played for the U.S. against Iceland earlier this year, but it was a friendly and left him open to Cameroon.