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Niger or Nigeria? Opening ceremony showcases wrong flag

Published on: 12 June 2014
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The opening ceremony organizers displayed the wrong flag while announcingNigeria on Thursday.Instead of Nigeria's flag, it projected an image of Niger's flag onto the globe at midfield during the ceremony. 

Twitter user Cameron Laws pointed out the blunder.

Nigeria's flag features three vertical stripes, with a white stripe sandwiched between two green stripes. The country's crest is in the middle of the white stripe.

Niger's flag features three horizontal stripes. The top stripe is orange, sitting above a white stripe and a green stripe. There is an orange circle in the middle of the white stripe.

The neighboring African nations share a 450-mile border and maintain friendly relations.

Nigeria is currently ranked No. 44 in FIFA rankings. Niger is ranked No. 112 and did not qualify for the World Cup.

This isn't the first time the wrong flag has been displayed during a major sporting event.

In the 2012 London Olympics, a women's soccer match between North Korea and Colombia was delayed because the organizers showed the South Korean flag while introducing the North Korean team, and the players refused to take the field.


  • dasaintshy says:
    June 13, 2014 10:49 am
    Nothing wrong with the wrong flag, Nigeria has lost its identity over years, they travel on passports from other countries so the world is treating them as such. It hurts to see that but I guess thus how they view our sister country. Next time Nigeria should voice out...
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    June 13, 2014 09:23 am
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